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AEP Polymers is an innovation based company located in Northern Italy that develops new polymers and formulations starting from bio-based raw materials (purified natural oils or molecular building blocks from fermentation/biorefinery processes).

AEP Polymers focuses on applied R&D in the field of industrial polymers and intelligent formulations from non-edible biomasses, from algae and fish oils to bio-aromatics, like Cashew Nut Shell Liquid (CNSL) and lignin. Their peculiar chemical structures are a perfect starting point to pursue innovative chemical routes and deliver performing materials for demanding industrial applications in composites, polyurethanes, coatings and adhesives.

The company was born in 2013 from the idea of 4 researchers in the biopolymers field and the financial backup of a Luxembourg-based investor. AEP focuses mainly on applied research, bespoke formulation and process troubleshooting, scale-up and industrialization of the new developed polymers and formulations.

AEP also performs preliminary market evaluation and market penetration analysis to identify the key properties that the new materials should exhibit and the best angle to generate customer interest/acceptance. AEP does not perform direct production above the lab-scale but teams up with industrial partners that follow the scale-up, logistics and commercialization aspects.

A4F is a biotechnology company, located in Portugal, with more than 20 years of accumulated experience in microalgae Research & Development and microalgae production (up to industrial scale). A4F is specialized in the design, build, operation and transfer (DBOT) of commercial-scale microalgae production units, using different technologies that better adapt to our Customers' business.

Complementing our long experience, A4F distinguishes itself through its methodology which includes sealing-up from prototypes in our Experimental Unit in Lisbon to large-scale facilities. Additionally, A4F also develops standard operating procedures for optimized microalgae production, according to production goals and with industry best practices.

A4F has a very close relationship with the leading research groups in national and international universities and institutes in microalgae biotechnology (and related R&D fields), as well as with the largest microalgae producers worldwide. This international networking positions A4F as the first choice for any large-scale contract as the best specialist company in most aspects of microalgae production.

A4F is associated with an innovative project, the first dedicated multi-process and multi-product microalgae biorefinery plant worldwide, that aims to achieve a sustainable and economically viable solution for the production of proteins and other high value products from microalgae biomass.


Association (regional, national, European)
Agriculture and Agri-food

The ARDITEC Association aims to promote sustainable development, protect our environmental and cultural heritage, and enhance social responsibility. This is achieved by supporting members and partners to implement programmes that protect the needs of future generations. ARDITEC is short for Association pour la Recherche et le Développement d’Innovations et de Technologies pour la protection de l’héritage Environnemental, social & Culturel (Association for Research and Development of Innovations and Technologies for the Protection of Environmental, Social and Cultural Heritage). The values of ecology and humanism are central to the ARDITEC Association and is reflected in its research, propositions and missions. Through its actions, the ARDITEC Association is committed to promoting sustainable development that includes the protection of the limited resources of our planet, our socio-cultural heritage, for all individuals and organizations worldwide. Fully aware of the risks of irreversibility and the essential need for solidarity, ARDITEC proposes ideas and solutions inspired by virtuous models.

Biotrend is a research-based company offering advanced services in the area of industrial and marine biotechnology, specialised in the development, optimisation and scale-up of bioprocesses.

Biotrend operates a state-of-the art development lab and a bioprocessing pilot plant with capacities from 1 ml to 300l fermentation scale and supports its clients in the transition of processes to industrially relevant scales through access to facilities within its network of partners.

We are experienced in working with a wide diversity of biological systems, including bacteria, yeasts, fungi, protists and (heterotrophic) microalgae and are certified to work with genetically modified microorganisms. Further, we have helped clients processing industry-relevant renewable raw-materials, from commercially available refined sugars, to side streams of existing businesses, such as lignocellulosic hydrolysates, side-streams of the pulp-and-paper industry, crude glycerol grades, and residues of the agrofood industry.

Examples of target products include industrial enzymes, microbial biomass for human and animal nutrition, cell extracts for the cosmetic industry, pest control agents for agriculture, bio-based chemical building blocks and bio-based polymers.

Biotrend actively participates in international collaborative research projects, including BBI JU projects, keeping at the forefront of scientific development and enabling to offer its clients the most advanced and efficient bioprocessing solutions.

Biotrend's advanced bioprocessing know-how has been serving clients from small startups to global corporations from ail across the world.

Biotrend operates a state-of-the art development !ab and a bioprocessing pilot plant with capacities from 1 ml to 300l fermentation scale and supports its clients in the transition of processes to industrially relevant scales through access to facilities within its network of partners.

University of Borås

Chemicals & Materials

UPM - the Biofore Company - leads the integration of b​io- and forest industries into a new, sustainable and innovation-driven future. UPM, with headquarters in Finland, has 19.300 employees and 85.000 shareholders and. UOPM has production sites in 13 countries (of which 8 in Europe) and a sales network on the 6 continents.

UPM consists of six business areas: UPM Biorefining, UPM Energy, UPM Raflatac, UPM Specialty Papers, UPM Paper ENA (Europe & North America) and UPM Plywood. UPM products are made of responsibly sourced, renewable raw materials. They offer alternatives to replace non-renewable fossil-based materials.

UPM develops new innovative and sustainable businesses. Biofuels, biocomposites and biochemicals are based on UPM's extensive know-how and strong position in the forest biomass sourcing and processing value chain.

UPM’s circular economy approach crystallises into three words: ‘More with Biofore’. UPM reuses or recycles virtually all production waste, recycles materials and products several times, and creates added value through smart solutions. UPM’s goal is to minimise waste and maximise reuse.

New, innovative technologies – such as industrial biotechnology, 3D printing and energy technologies – give new ways to create innovative products and solutions. UPM does all this to bring economic, social and environmental value to their stakeholders and the society.

UPM is partner in BBI JU projects ‘EFFORTE’ (Efficient forestry by precision planning and management for sustainable environment and cost-competitive bio-based industry), ‘PROVIDES’ (PROcesses for Value added fibres by Innovative Deep Eutectic Solvents) and ‘Valchem’ (Value added chemical building blocks and lignin from wood).

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