An interview with Marco Astorri, CEO of Bio-on. “It is necessary to make a step forward to more circular processes”

Marco Astorri
“Bio-on’smission’ is to contribute to the protection of ecosystems and natural resources management in an integrated approach, environmentally, economically, socially, technically sustainable”. Marco Astorri, founder and CEO of Bio-on, one of the most dynamic and innovative biotech companies in Europe, talks to Il Bioeconomista. In this long and exclusive interview, the CEO of Bio-on talks about the bioeconomy, the bioplastics and the next steps of the company headquartered in Bologna. “It is necessary – he states – to make a step forward to more circular processes where wastes and co-products of already existing production systems could become raw materials of innovative industrial processes, obtaining added values, reducing emissions and requiring as less oil as possible.”

Interview by Mario Bonaccorso

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Bio-on and Kering Eyewear join forces to develop new biomaterials

Marco Astorri, Ceo Bio-on

Bio-on and Kering Eyewear join forces to develop new materials based on Minerv PHAs, the revolutionary bioplastic which is 100% natural and biodegradable. “This is the first time in the world that a company in the eyewear industry has decided to carry out research with our biopolymers,” explains Marco Astorri, Chairman and CEO of Bio-on.

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Bio-on and Sadam Group launch a shared project to produce bio-levulinic acid

Marco Astorri, Ceo Bio-on
Marco Astorri, Ceo Bio-on

Two Italian companies, Bio-on and Sadam Group, has begun working on a project to develop innovative industrial processes, at competitive cost and with low environmental impact, to produce levulinic acid, a key element of the sustainable chemical industry of the future.

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Bio-on acquired an industrial plant to produce its own special biopolymers

Marco Astorri, Ceo Bio-on
Marco Astorri, Ceo Bio-on

Bio-on, the Italian industrial biotech company, will begin producing its own special biopolymers at a new 1,000 tons/year plant to be completed in 2017 with an investment of €15 million. To announce this was Marco Astorri, chairman and Ceo of Bio-on S.p.A. who outlined to the financial community the new 2017-2020 industrial plan last week. Bio-on will manage to revive an abandoned manufactory site of Granarolo, an Italian food company which operates oin the fresh milk and dairy-cheese sector, dry pasta, deli meats and vegetable foods.

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Bio-on and Italeri: the toy soldiers are bio-based

Bio-on produced bioplastic used in this new version of Flos' Miss Sissi lamp
Bio-on produced bioplastic used in this new version of Flos’ Miss Sissi lamp

Bioplastics which are made from renewable waste plant sources, with no competition with food supply chains, and are 100% naturally biodegradable. The final phase testing Minerv PHA Supertoys for making scale models has begun, launched by Bio-on in collaboration with Italeri, the leading manufacturer of static models. The results will be presented in February 2017 in Nuremberg, Germany during the “Play and toys fair”, the sector’s largest and most prestigious event.

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The bioplastic developed by Bio-on is now available in the database “Materials Library”

The Library in New York
The Library in New York

The cutting-edge bio-plastic Minerv-PHA developed by Bio-on is now available in the prestigious database “Materials Library” of Material ConneXion, the world’s largest resource for innovative and sustainable materials and processes. This resource, both as a physical samples library and an online searchable database, with thousands of references, aims to collect only the most interesting materials from the point of view of innovation, technical characteristics and possible application.

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Bio-on and Tampere University of Technology: the milk carton goes green

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Tampere University of Technology, Finland

Bio-on, an Italian industrial biotech company, yesterday announced a major result achieved thanks to its new collaboration with Tampere University of Technology Finland, one of the most important centers in the world for research and innovation in the use of paper and plastic for food packaging. “A joint project launched in 2015 has produced for the very first time tetrapak type containers made of a combination of paper and bioplastic, namely the special grade EC (Extrusion Coating) of the Minerv PHA biopolymer”.

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Bio-on and Italeri together to produce bio-based toys

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Marco Astorri

Italian biotech company Bio-on announces the launch of a new collaboration with Italeri S.p.A., a production and distribution leader in the modelling sector. Thanks to this agreement, the manufacture of scale models will be done for the first time with the special grade Minerv PHA Supertoys, the new type of bioplastic developed by Bio-on laboratories.

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In Italy the world’s first facility for the production of PHAs bioplastics from glycerol

Marco Astorri
Marco Astorri

Bio-on and SECI Spa, part of Gruppo Industriale Maccaferri holding, signed an agreement to build the world’s first facility for the production of PHAs bioplastic from biodiesel production co-products, namely glycerol. The two companies will work together to build a production site with a 5 thousand tons/year output, expandable to 10 thousand tons/year.

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Bio-on and Moore Capital together for the first Brazilian facility to produce PHAs bioplastic

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Marco Astorri, CEO of Bio-on

Bio-on and Moore Capital signed a license agreement to build the first Brazil-based facility to produce PHAs bioplastic from sugar cane co-products.

The two companies, operating in sustainable biochemistry and in the development of eco-sustainable industrial solutions, will work together to build a production site with a 10 thousand tons/year output, in the state of São Paulo and/or Acre State.

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