The BMBF cluster competition "BioIndustrie 2021 - Development of new products and processes in Industrial Biotechnology" was an initiative of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in 2006. The competition contributed to bring ideas and research results from universities and research institutions in the field of "Industrial/White Biotechnology" as products to the market more quickly. As part of the high-tech strategy of the German government, state aids of around 60 million euros were invested until 2012.
The establishment of a bio-industry by 2021 - and the gradual spreading of biotechnological methods and products in a variety of industries - shall be boosted significantly through the cooperation of science and industry in the competence networks.
Five clusters have been chosen as winners of the BMBF competition:
- BIOCATALYSIS2021 in Hamburg
- Biopolymere/Biowerkstoffe in Stuttgart
- CIB Frankfurt
- CLIB2021 in Düsseldorf
- and we, the IBB Netzwerk GmbH in Munich/Martinsried.
Since the end of 2008, the five winners of the cluster competition are working together in the working group "BioIndustrie 2021". The goals of the BMBF competition are, for example, the improvement of the economic added value and competitiveness by taking advantage of the innovation potential of Industrial Biotechnology and the improvement of technology transfer. In addition to the largely regional cluster activities, these goals are also pursued on a nationwide level under the trademark "BioIndustrie 2021".
The working group focuses primarily on a highly transparent illustration of newly created value chains to illustrate the enormous benefits and the potential of Industrial Biotechnology. To make use of synergies the partners want to create added value for the entire branch of Industrial Biotechnology.