From bugs to business: Unlocking the Bioeconomy in Europe

23rd June 2015 | Royal Flemish Academy for Sciences and Arts, Brussels

All you need to know about industrial biotechnology in Europe in one conference! Embark on the bioeconomy journey!

  • Witness the state of play of industrial biotechnology in Europe with keynote speeches from innovative companies and European bodies.
  • Learn about ways to unlock the opportunities provided by this key enabling technology.
  •  Attend the launch of the BIO-TIC roadmap committed to tackling industrial biotechnology hurdles in the EU.
  • Engage in discussions during dedicated panel debates to implement solutions for a blooming industrial biotechnology sector committed to realising the European bioeconomy.
  • Discuss with policy makers, industrial players, entrepreneurs and academia during the networking cocktail.
  • Explore industrial biotechnology products and tools in the conference exhibition space.
  • Visit the Bio Base Europe pilot plant on the following day.

Background information

This event is the final conference of the BIO-TIC project, a Commission-funded Coordination and Support Action dedicated to overcoming challenges to industrial biotechnology in Europe. Despite its potential to help tackle some of todays global societal challenges such as climate change, dwindling fossil fuel resources and the need to switch to more sustainable and resource-efficient industrial processes, many hurdles to industrial biotechnology persist. These include:

  • little availability and access to sustainable and competitively priced biomass
  • limited access to public funding
  • lack of incentives and policy drivers for industrial biotechnology products
  • technological barriers including low yields and high scale up costs
  • poor public awareness of products derived from industrial biotechnology processes and their associated advantages

From Bugs to Business will adress these hurdles with the launch of the BIO-TIC roadmap on how to drive the European industrial biotechnology sector. To learn more about BIO-TIC ahead of the conference, go to

You will find more information about the conference at:

Source: BIO-TIC





Dr. Claire Gray
BIO-TIC Project Co-ordinator, EuropaBio
Tel.: +32 (0) 2 739 11 78
Fax: +32 (0) 2 735 49 60