“Bio-on’s ‘mission’ 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.”
Bio-on, an Italian company founded in 2007 to create 100% natural products based on renewable resources or agricultural processing waste materials, and Magna International Inc., a leading global automotive supplier, have signed a cooperation agreement to start exclusive R&D activities on the use of bioplastics for the automotive industry.
Bio-on has developed a new kind of bioplastic created through the use of naturally occurring bacteria which feed off sugar beet by-products. In the process of fermentation, the material is turned into plastic (polyhydroxyalkanoate or PHA). The result is fully biodegradable in water and soil, an environmentally friendly product that does not rely on food as a natural resource and could provide alternatives to conventional plastics for the automotive industry.