Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Ambitious biotechnology project launched in Ghent

Flanders, one of the leading biotech regions, has joined forces with the Netherlands in Bio Base Europe. This project aims to foster innovation by providing companies with the requisite infrastructure to test and perfect their industrial processes.
Many innovative ideas in biotechnology are never commercially realized because of the inability of small companies to test their processes on an industrial scale. That’s why Flanders and the Netherlands have launched the project Bio Base Europe.
This project consists of a testing plant in the Port of Ghent (Flanders) and a training center in nearby Terneuzen (the Netherlands). Both facilities are open to companies or other parties who wish to develop their innovative ideas in practical industrial processes.
The ‘Ports Group of Ghent and Terneuzen’ is already the European leader in biofuel production. This new research facility will strengthen this position. The testing plant in the Port of Ghent is located close to the biofuel plants Bioro and Alco Bio Fuel, and will become operational next year. 35 people will be employed in the project, which represents a total investment of EUR 21 million. (source

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