Phytowelt News » CLIB2021: Green light for white biotechnology
06/19/2007, Phytowelt Nettetal / Köln
CLIB2021, the Northrhine-Westfalian Cluster of Industrial Biotechnology, has been awarded the first prize in the German research ministry competition “BioIndustry 2021”.
plantdustrial – linking plant and industrial biotechnology
Cologne, Germany, June 18th 2007
CLIB2021, the Northrhine-Westfalian Cluster of Industrial Biotechnology, has been awarded the first prize in the German research ministry competition “BioIndustry 2021”. Thereby, the efforts of Phytowelt GreenTechnologies GmbH, a founding member of CLIB2021, to establish green biotechnology as support for the chemical industry in processing of sustainable resources has been rewarded eventually. CliB2021 aims at a sustainable development of lead products and core technologies in the field of polymer chemistry and at a strengthened competitiveness of both the chemical industry and the SMEs associated with the cluster. The crucial factor for winning the 60 million Euro endowed competition (of which 20 million Euros will be distributed by the BMBF to CliB2021) is the excellent and strong network activity of the participants and the broad knowledge in plant biotechnology, fermentation and chemical engineering that benefits all partners evenly.
As the only ag-biotech company in the cluster, Phytowelt brings in its competence to exploit tailor-made plant raw materials for the requirements of the chemical industry. “It is a long known fact that plants can produce many raw materials that until now have only be produced commercially by using petrochemical means.” explains Peter Welters, CEO of Phytowelt. “As plant specialists we can show our partners in the cluster completely new ways of sustainable and ecologically sound production of chemical raw materials and precursor compounds and help to develop them until they have reached market maturity. As founding member of CLIB2021 we see our task in opening up the potential of plants for white biotechnology and enable the use of an industrial biotechnology over the whole value chain.”
The aim of the cluster is the development of intermediates and technologies for polymer chemistry. Many of the key precursors that are until now derived from petrochemistry can be produced either directly or by simple enzymatic reactions from renewable resources like wood, maize or sugar beet. The cooperation of plant biotechnology, microbiology and chemistry can develop the optimal combination of starting material, processing, and purification in order to find the best ecological solution for a sustainable production of polymers. Dr. Andreas Müller, research director at Phytowelt GreenTechnologies GmbH comments: “The present approach in considering only microbiological enzymes, completely disregards that plants possess the best tools to change and process their own raw materials. With our phytomining technology we aim to push forward the use of this valuable source and to integrate microbiologically produced plant enzymes in chemical production processes.”
Further information on the cluster can be found at www.clib2021.com.
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