Highlights of the European and Asian leading countries in bio-based economy

1st Day, 13 April 2015 - Policy & Industry

9:00 Registration and welcome coffee
9:30 Michael Carus, nova-Institute: Conference Opening

Policy and Markets


Moderator: Dr. Dr. h.c. Christian Patermann, Director, ret. European Commission, Advisor and Member of the 1st German Bioeconomy Council, Germany

Ten years bio-based economy: looking back - lessons learnt


Dr. Barend Verachtert, European Commission, DG Research and Innovation, Biobased Products and Processes Unit

Bio-based economy - strategy of the new Commission


Kristy-Barbara Lange, European Bioplastics e.V., Germany

Bioplastics in the EU - status and lobbying in Brussels, a field report
10:45 Coffee break
Ing. Ton Runneboom, Honorary member and former chairman of The Biorenewable Business Platform, The Netherlands

Opportunities for the fermentation-based chemical industry: an analysis of the market potential and competitiveness of North-West Europe


Dr. Christine Stiehl, BASF SE, Germany

The use of renewable feedstock in chemical production
12:15 Lunch break


Michael Carus, nova-Institut GmbH, Germany

Worldwide production capacities for bio-based building blocks and polymers, today and 2020


Dr. Melanie Williams, Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB), Switzerland

Ensuring that bio-based chemicals are sustainable
14:30 Panel discussion and press conference with the speakers from the morning session

Commercial biorefineries

Moderator: Prof. Dr. Ludo Diels, Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO), Belgium


Prof. Dr. Johan P.M. Sanders, Wageningen University, The Netherlands

Small scales for biorefineries and bio-based chemical production


Dr. Wolfgang Baltus, PRECISE Corporation, Thailand

Biorefineries in Asia


Dr. Rainer Busch, BioEconomy Clustermanagement GmbH, Germany

The LCF-Biorefinery in Leuna as the cornerstone for the cascading use of woody biomass
16:30 Coffee break

Axel Wizemann, Stora Enso Biomaterials, Germany

Bio-based chemicals and materials: differentiation and diversification based on non-food competing biomass

Innovation Award "Bio-based Material of the Year 2015"


Michael Carus and


Florence Aeschelmann, nova-Institut GmbH, Germany


Peter von Hoffmann, Coperion GmbH (DE), Gold Sponsor Innovation Award

Coperion and compounding of bio-based materials


Dr. Berta Vega Sánchez, Bayer MaterialScience AG, Germany

DESMODUR® eco N – First bio-based polyurethane crosslinker in the market for high performance automotive coatings: polyisocyanate based on Pentamethylene Diisocyanate (PDI)

William Anthony, EcoTechnilin Ltd, United Kingdom

FibriRock 100% bio-sourced composite for aircraft applications comprising flax non-woven, basalt yarns and a sugar-based bioresin. Co-developed with TFC

Ralf Meier, Evonik Industries AG, Germany

100% bio-based high performance polyamide 12 based on palm kernel oil


Uwe Schnabel, HIB Trim Part Solutions GmbH, Germany

Nature 50 – Natural reinforced plastic (hemp – PP) including a long fiber ratio > 50% for injection molding

Arnaud Tandonnet, INVISTA S.a.r.l., United States

LYCRA® T 162R fiber - Spandex yarn made using renewable butanediol as raw material with a lower CO2 and fossil emissions footprint


Benno Besler, twoBEars GbR, Germany

bioFila – High performance PLA blends with outstanding optic and haptic properties for 3D printing
19:00 Voting
Dinner buffet and Innovation Award Ceremony
Get together in the party room beneath Maternushaus

2nd Day, 14 April 2015 - Industry

Bio-based building blocks, polymers and composites

Moderator: Christiaan Bolck, Wageningen UR (The Netherlands)


Dr. Heleen De Wever, Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO), Belgium

Highly functionalised lignin molecules: how to manage them and to turn them into innovative molecules and materials


Dr. Sangyong Kim, Korea Institute of Industrial Technology (KITECH), Republic of Korea

Diacids and diols as sources of precursor materials for biobased aromatics


Hugo Vuurens, Corbion, The Netherlands

Progress in lactic acid and PLA
10:30 Coffee break
Moderator: Dr. Rina Singh, Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), USA


Jan Ravenstijn, Jan Ravenstijn Consulting, The Netherlands

New (bio)polymers: lessons learnt


Dr. Barbara M. Secchi, Bridgestone Technical Center Europe, Italy

Bridgestone actions towards use of sustainable materials


Dr. Klaus Stadler, Coca-Cola Europe, Germany

Coca-Cola - leader in new bio-based polymers: the bio-PET and PEF story


Tayfun Buzkan, Toyota Boshoku Europe N.V. Munich, Germany/Japan
Motoki Maekawa, Toyota Boshoku Europe N.V. Munich, Germany/Japan

Sustainable lightweight material in automotive industry: simultaneous back injection molding of natural fiber composites
13:00 Lunch break

Side Event: Open-Bio Workshop on Instruments for Public Procurement of Bio-based Products

Bio-based 3D Printing

Moderator: Jan Ravenstijn, Jan Ravenstijn Consulting, The Netherlands


Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Bonten, Institut für Kunststofftechnik (IKT) - Universität Stuttgart, Germany

3D printing of bio-based plastics


Carmen Michels, FKuR, Germany / Helian Polymers BV, The Netherlands

Bio-based compounds for 3D printing: wood and bamboo with PLA

Bio-based Plastics and Environment

Moderator: Kathryn Sheridan, Sustainability Consult, Belgium


Roland Essel, nova-Institut GmbH, Germany

Microplastics in the environment: scientific background, sources and volumes


Lisbeth Van Cauwenberghe, Ghent University, Belgium

Microplastics in marine environment and impacts on human consumption
16:00 Coffee break


Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Bonten, Institut für Kunststofftechnik (IKT) - Universität Stuttgart, Germany

Degradation of plastics: risks and chances


Kenichiro Nishiza, Kaneka Corporation, Belgien

Takahiko Sugaya, Kaneka Corporation, Japan

Market development of environmental friendly Kaneka biopolymer Aonilex®


Eduardo van den Berg / Peter Kelly (photo), Pharmafilter B.V., The Netherlands

Pharmafilter, a bio-based curricular bio economy solution for hospitals
18:00 Panel discussion


Cologne buffet with local specialities in the party room & bowling alley beneath Maternushaus

3rd Day, 15 April 2015 - Start-ups and Funding

Moderator: Dr. Asta Eder, nova-Institut GmbH, Germany


Josko Bobanovic, Sofinnova Partners, France

Building start-ups in renewable chemistry


Dr. John Williams, Sinvestec LLC, United Kingdom

Why invest in bio-based materials?


Tobias Kirchhoff, BCNP Consultants GmbH, Germany

Biotech & chemistry start-ups: status quo and trends


Gordana Hofmann-Jovic, InfraServ GmbH & Co. Knapsack KG, Germany

Accelerating start-ups
10:20 Coffee break

Start-ups selected by the nova-Institute

Moderator: Tobias Kirchhoff, BCNP Consultants GmbH, Germany


Dr. Paolo Stufano, EggPlant, Italy

EggPlant. Not wasting life.


Zuzana Cabejšková, ZAZA bottles, Czech Republic

Refillable water bottles: combining sustainability and beauty


Marcel van Berkel, GFBiochemicals Europe, The Netherlands

Making levulinic acid happen

Start-ups selected by BMBF and BMWi

BMBF: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung
Federal MInistry of Education and Research
BMWi: Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie
Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy
  Moderator: Dr. Eva P. Waldvogel, Projektträger Jülich, Germany


Dr. Tim Liebert, dextrinova (Friedrich Schiller University Jena), Germany

Starch esters  – an innovative hot melt

Christin Staffel, JeNaCell GmbH, Germany

Products based on biotechnologically produced nanocellulose
12:30 Lunch break


Thomas Grimm, ANiMOX GmbH, Germany

Development and production of proteins for chemistry and biotechnology


Dr.-Ing. Ralf Lach, Polymer Service GmbH Merseburg, Germany

Mechanical performance of biomaterial modified polymers

Start-ups from CLIB2021

Moderator: Dr. Thomas Schwarz, CLIB2021, Germany


Dr. Georg Schaumann, SenseUp, Germany

Microbial strain and production process development in ultra-high-throughput


Steve Gotzen, Medical Adhesive Revolution GmbH, Germany

Revolutionizing wound care with biodegradable surgical adhesives


Dr. Wolfgang H. Schwarz, Technische Universität München, Germany

Novel enzyme complexes for the effective hydrolysis of plant biomass
15:30 Coffee break

Start-ups from IAR

  Moderator: Johan De Coninck, IAR (Industries & Agro-Ressources), France


Guy Helin, Syngulon, Belgium

Microbial fermentation technologies for bio-based products
16:20 Frédéric Caijo, Oméga Cat System, France Olefin metathesis
16:40 Networking snack


Advisory Board

Dr. Wolfgang Baltus, PRECISE Corporation (Thailand)
Christiaan Bolck, Wageningen UR (The Netherlands)
Prof. Dr. Ludo Diels, Vito (Belgium)
Prof. Dr. Jörg Müssig, Hochschule Bremen (Germany)
Jan Ravenstijn, Jan Ravenstijn Consulting (The Netherlands)
Dr. Thomas Schwarz, CLIB2021 (Germany)
Prof. Dr. Haralabos Zorbas, IBB Netzwerk (Germany)