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Bio-Based Innovation Awards - European Edition

 To enter your innovation please contact: Editor@BioBasedWorldNews.com 

 About European Bio-Based Innovation Awards

This year's awards were held as part of Day Two, Bio-Based Chemicals & Bio-Based Products World, May 24-25th 2016 at the Hotel Okura, Amsterdam 

Peter_Matthijssen_Synbra_Technology_right_and_Dr._Niels_Schenk_BioBTX_1.jpgInnovation is at the heart of our Bio-Based World Community from our news portal and digital magazine, to our social media and event series. For us innovation takes many forms and we are aiming to showcase two of the most exciting developments with our new awards.

"We have been working hard with a dedicated team of motivated people and it feels great to see our efforts rewarded. It motivates us to continue to get our technology further to the market..."

The votes have all been counted and the winners of the inaugural Bio-Based Innovation Awards (Europe) have been announced. After a two month process this continent-wide search for the most innovative bio-based chemicals and bio-based products organised by Bio-Based World News we finally have our winners, both of whom received their awards at this week’s Bio-Based Chemicals and Bio-Based Products event in Amsterdam. 

Winners Announced -  Who has won the the Bio-Based Innovation Awards (Europe) 2016?

Bio-Based Product of the Year 2016 Shortlist:

Bio-based baby toys (BioSerie)

Bio-based coating for indoor acoustic attenuation (Lumir)

The Greeny ice cream container (Synbra)

Bio-Based Chemical Innovation of the Year 2016 Shortlist 

New bio-based crosslinker Desmodur® eco N 7300 (Covestro)

Soy-PK Reactive Oligomer Cross-Linker resin (Ohio Soybean Council)

Terephthalic acid from crude glycerine (BioBTX)

The category winners will be announced next week at  Bio-Based Products and Brands and Bio-Based Chemicals in Amsterdam on May 25th in a short ceremony at 16.40. 


The 2016 Awards.

We have two separate awards. Size isn’t important, you could be a one-person start-up, or a global multi-national. Innovation is the key.

The categories:

Bio-Based Product of the Year

A product currently available to purchase in Europe and that is derived from plants and other renewable agricultural, marine, and forestry materials and provides an alternative to conventional petroleum derived products. For the purpose of the awards, bio-based products do not include food, animal feed or fuel. The key is how the product improves on one derived from petroleum, sustainability is not enough, our judges will be looking for developments in price and quality.

Bio-Based Chemical Innovation of the Year

An innovation involving a platform or intermediate chemicals derived from biomass feedstocks, used to produce other chemicals. It can be a breakthrough development, a new method of production, a smarter development or a new technique. The key is the innovation and the ability to display a benefit and progress for the industry long-term.


  • The product / innovation must have been sold / developed in the past 12 months and proof needs to be provided.
  • The product / innovation must be developed in Europe and/or deployed in the European market.
  • Only one entry per company per award.
  • The judges decision is final.

What do I get if I win?

Winning a Bio-Based World Innovation award will enhance your product or projects reputation and marketability plus deliver a message to the industry that you are a leader in bio-based innovation. In addition you receive…

  • Media coverage on all Bio-Based World platforms.
  • Exclusive editorial feature Bio-Based World News.
  • Promotion to the Bio-Based World News community.
  • Presentation of Award at Bio-Based Products / Bio-Based Chemicals World 2016 (Amsterdam, Netherlands, 24-25 May )
  • Promotion of winning entry at Bio-Based Products / Bio-Based Chemicals World 2016 and opportunity to network with other innovators and showcase your innovation at an attended by 100s of others bio-based leaders from across Europe and beyond.  
  • Announcement and press release through our external media partners.
  • Right to use the Award in your own promotion and media.

How does the process work?

  • Send a short abstract about the innovation (500 words maximum) to Editor@BioBasedWorldNews.com  feel free to include any relevant supporting images or videos. 
  • All entries will be thoroughly reviewed and a shortlist created. 
  • Winners will be selected by our international jury of independent industry experts.

Key dates

  • Deadline for entries 29th April  6th May 10AM
  • Shortlist announced 13th May
  • Winners announced 25th May in Amsterdam at Bio-Based Products / Chemicals World.

Judging Panel

  • Krijn Rietveld, Board Member, HollandBIO 
  • John Williams, Board Member & Technical Director, Biobased & Biodegradable Industries Association
  • Corinne Young, Chief Advocate, Re:Chem
  • Christian Bolck, Programme Manager,  Materials, Wageningen UR - Food & Biobased Research
  • Paul Hudman, Business Development Manager at Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre
  • Paul Cordfunke, Owner at CO3 Innovation to Profit & Project Manager, BioDelta.
  • Luke Upton, Editor, Bio-Based World News