ECBF raised €93 million from private and public investors for its second closing

Michael Brandkamp, Head of ECBF, at IFIB 2020 in Rome

ECBF Management GmbH yesterday announced a second closing of the European Circular Bioeconomy Fund (ECBF). Reaching €175 million, ECBF has more than doubled its fund-size within two months after starting its operations. ECBF is the first venture fund exclusively focussed on the bioeconomy and circular bioeconomy in Europe. With a targeted fund-size of €250 million, it will be an important financial instrument contributing to the European Green Deal making Europe climate neutral by 2050. 

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An interview with Jason Camp, CTO at Circa Group

“It is in everyone’s interests for life-sustaining chemicals to be manufactured both safely and reliably. We would argue that it is also extremely important that those chemicals be as sustainable as possible, so that future generations will have a habitable plant to use them on.” Jason Camp, CTO at Circa Group, talks to Il Bioeconomista. The Australia-based company is converting waste biomass into advanced biochemical materials.

Interview by Mario Bonaccorso

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Simão Soares, CEO of SilicoLife, is the Most Innovative Bioeconomy CEO 2020

Our readers have voted. The most innovative bioeconomy CEO 2020 is Simão Soares, CEO of SilicoLife, the Portuguese company founded in 2010 which designs optimized microorganisms and novel pathways for industrial biotechnology applications. “Based on metabolic engineering and synthetic biology approaches, the company shortens the development time and costs of new highly effective processes for the production of specific target compounds such as chemicals, food ingredients or biopolymers.” Soares succeeds to Ken Richards (Leaf Resources), Tony Duncan (Circa Group), Jürgen Eck (BRAIN AG) and Alex Michine (MetGen), respectively most innovative CEO 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

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Danish partnership sets out to build world’s first commercial-scale green ammonia plant

Green ammonia, produced from renewable energy, is an excellent fuel and fertilizer that can potentially replace significant volumes of fossil fuels and help accelerate the transition to a world powered by renewable energy. A partnership of industry leaders now announces an ambition to realize this potential as soon as in 2022 with the world’s first green ammonia plant at the commercial scale of 10 MW power.

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An interview with Chris Patermann. “We do not lose out of sight that we all live on the same planet”

Chris Patermann at the first edition of the Bioeconomy Investment Summit, Brussels, 9-10 November 2015

“It will be very relevant that in spite of these upcoming challenges by the pandemic in its aftermath we do not lose out of sight that we all live on the same planet, or better said with respect to the bioeconomy in the same biosphere, and finally that we have to survive jointly. Never before the slogan “Think global, and act local” had more value than today”. Chris Patermann, the man who is considered in Europe as the “father” of the bioeconomy, talks to Il Bioeconomista. In this long exclusive interviene, the former Director at the EU Commission talks about the Global Bioeconomy Summit, which was held in Berlin last November, and the bioeconomy after the pandemic.

Interview by Mario Bonaccorso

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The 10 Most Innovative Bioeconomy CEOs in 2020. Now choose the number 1

“Bioeconomy in everyday life” @ BioBased World 2015 in Frankfurt am Main

The 2020 that is drawing to a close has been a really tough year for the world population. The pandemic has exposed many of the limitations of our economic and social model. It’s time for a profound change that cannot ignore the circular and sustainable bioeconomy. The circular bioeconomy is innovation, the result of the skills and passion of researchers and managers able to create value and new high-qualified jobs, reconciling economy, society and the environment. At the end of 2014 Il Bioeconomista launched a new initiative: The 10 Most Innovative Bioeconomy CEOs.

We have asked a panel of world bioeconomy experts to tell us the Chief Executive Officers that have stood out as the most innovative during the last year.

Now we ask you to choose the most innovative CEO responding to our survey (open till December 11 at 7.30 am, Western European Time).

The most innovative CEO 2016 was Ken Richards (CEO of Leaf Resources, Australia)

The most innovative CEO 2017 was Tony Duncan (CEO of Circa Group, Australia)

The most innovative CEO 2018 was Jürgen Eck (CEO of BRAIN AG, Germany)

The most innovative CEO 2019 was Alex Michine (CEO of MetGen, Finland)

This is the result of 2020 (in alphabetical order)

Catia Bastioli, Novamont (Italy)

Veronique de Bruijn, Photanol (Netherlands)

Jennifer Holmgren, LanzaTech (USA)

Matt Lipscomb, DMC Bio (USA)

Christophe Schilling, Genomatica (USA)

Simão Soares, SilicoLife (Portugal)

Marcus Steilemann, Covestro (Germany)

David Sudolsky, Anellotech (USA)

Peter Vanacker, Neste (Finland)

Sytze van Stempvoort, Peelpioneers (Netherlands)

Versalis enters the market for bioproducts in the agriculture sector

Matrìca plant in Porto Torres, Italy

Versalis enters the market for bio-based products in the agriculture sector for the protection of crops. Thanks to an agreement with AlphaBio Control, a research and development company with offices in the United Kingdom and Italy specialised in the production of natural formulations for the protection of crops with its products already known in the pesticides market, Eni’s chemical company will develop bio-based and biodegradable herbicides and also biocides for the disinfection of surfaces, using as active ingredient productions from the bio-chemical platform in Porto Torres, Sardinia.

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Perstorp aims at reducing carbon emission by producing sustainable methanol

Perstorp, a global leader in the specialty chemicals market, has developed a production concept to produce methanol from a large variety of recovered end-of-life streams and hydrogen from electrolysis.

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An interview with Matt Lipscomb, CEO DMC Bio

Matt Lipscomb

“We are hoping that the next US government will take climate change seriously and will take material steps to improve its leadership on the global stage.”

To say it – in this exclusive interview with Il Bioeconomista – is Matt Lipscomb, CEO of DMC Bio, the US company which is producing bio-based chemicals using fermentation.

Interview by Mario Bonaccorso

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President-elect Joe Biden announced Secretary John Kerry as Special Presidential Envoy for Climate

Image by David Mark from Pixabay

“The men and women I am announcing today will be core members of my national security, foreign policy, and law enforcement team. They are experienced and crisis-tested. They will keep us safe and secure. And, they are leaders who look like America and reflect my core belief that America is back and that we lead not just by the example of our power, but by the power of our example.

I’m honored to introduce these six extraordinary individuals:

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