KETBIO - the biotech booster from research to business

Posted on: 05/03/2019

KETBIO provides a novel service to check the market potential of biotech research projects.

KETBIO, an initiative to transfer research results to markets, has gone live with a novel online hub for key enabling biotechnology research. The highly interactive platform offers to the biotech community an interesting online meeting place, including the opportunity to prepare for market access with KETBIO’S core service: Evaluation of commercial potential of promising biotechnology projects.

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The platform is open to all professionals and scientists in the various fields of biotechnology.

With their registration, participants  will  get access to a full range of opportunities – networking with peers & experts, showcasing project profiles to a wide audience, search & offer spaces, market intelligence , self-designed webinars and  contacts with businesses.

High level representatives of the biotech industry¬† are invited to join in KETBIO’s Commercial Committee to exclusively review the ¬†projects’ research results and to offer recommendations for commercialisation.

With an extra-promotion for promising projects through presentations at industry events, with additional coaching or licensing support, the KETBIO tech transfer experts aim to bring research results faster to markets.

You can get involved with KETBIO on their platform here.

KETBIO Webinar: Shortening Time to Market of Biorefining Research Results

The 1st KETBIO Webinar was held on the topic of shortening time to market of biorefining research results on 25th March 2019. The webinar featured two case studies:

Dr. Rafal Lukasik, , National Laboratory of Energy and Geology, Portugal, described the use of supercritical CO2 to derive furfural from lignocellulosic residue. A biphasic system of CO2 and water not only meets the criteria for a “green” solvent, but is also inexpensive and easy to scale up.

Dr. Marcin Siedlecki, Research and Innovation Centre Pro-Akademia, Poland, presented a concept for a smale-scale biorefinery that converts wet organic residues to gas (and more valuable products such as methanol) while recovering minerals at the same time. The central process relies on the use of supercritical water, allowing for a process that avoids the energy-intensive drying of the wet biomass.

You can watch the recording of the webinar here.

Please note that you will need to register on the KETBIO website to access this recording. Registration is free.


KETBIO is an  EU-funded coordination action under HORIZON 2020 for key enabling biotechnology research. The initiative has a goal to raise the European innovation capacity. Biotechnology research is seen as a main driver in the circular economy by offering key tools for different fields, among them biorefining, marine and freshwater technologies, energy and waste conversion, food, feed and textile production, agriculture and much more.

Overall, the Key Enabling Technologies (KET) comprise a group of six technologies: micro- and nano-electronics, nanotechnology, industrial biotechnology, advanced materials, photonics, and advanced manufacturing technologies. The Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies (LEIT) initiative to develop European industrial capabilities is part of the Horizon 2020 programme. It supports the development of technologies underpinning innovation across a range of sectors.

With its start in 2017, KETBIO now enters the implementation phase. The consortium, under the lead of the industry association Dechema, brings together chemical industry specialists, researchers, innovation and technology transfer experts and communication professionals from six countries across Europe.

Within the KETBIO project, the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) is responsible for project management.

You can get involved with KETBIO on their platform here, and you can follow them on twitter at @ketbio_biotech.

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