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Who are the winners of the European Bio-Based Innovation Awards 2017?

Posted on Jun 5, 2017 1:06:48 PM

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“We’re proud to receive this award, highlighting the fact that the future is not all plastic.”

Last week at the end of the second day of Bio-Based Live Europe hosted at the University of Amsterdam the winners of the Bio-Based Innovation Awards (Europe) were announced. After a two month process, our panel of independent industry expert judges carefully deliberated and decided our shortlist and winners. We received a varied range of entries from bio-based pens to emulsifying agents and new trays for packing ice cream cones and many more. But there could only be one winner for each category, so who are the 2017 winners?

The winner of the Bio-Based Product of the Year Europe 2017 is Paptic for their next generation of paper. The Finnish company is opening a door for novel wood-based materials, addressing the global plastic accumulation challenges. Paptic is promoting the use of paper, which is to many consumers the most sustainable material. It is a novel paper-like material, combining the sustainability of paper with functionality of plastics and quality of textiles. “We’re proud to receive this award, highlighting the fact that the future is not all plastic,” said Tuomas Mustonen, CEO of Paptic before adding; 

“The recognition as the Bio-Based Product of the Year 2017 gives Paptic a much needed publicity among sustainability oriented audiences. Winning the award is also exceptionally well in line with our targets to combine the sustainability with premium quality materials.”

This year’s runner up was received by Paperfoam with their Frima ice cone tray. The bio-based, biodegradable product is produced by starch and cellulose fibres. And our highly commended product is by Schneider Pen who has created a fine-line fibre pen body made from 88 percent bio-based plastic.

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The winner of our European Bio-Based Chemical Innovation of the Year 2017 which is Cyrene developed by Merck, the Chemistry Centre of Excellence at the University of York and Circa Group in response to increasing demand for safer, greener alternatives to PMF and NMP.

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Alongside Circa Group and the University of York’s Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence (GCCE), Merck was honoured to receive the award for best Bio-based Chemical Innovation of 2017. Cyrene is a greener alternative to petroleum-based dipolar aprotic solvents, DMF and NMP. In addition to avoiding toxicity and regulatory issues, Cyrene has demonstrated that the switch to safer bio-based products can be accompanied by superior performance. (Pictured left: Professor James Clark, Director of the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence (York) and Dr Jeff Eaves, General Manager of Circa Sustainable Chemicals Ltd.) 

“We thank Bio-based World News for the award and for hosting the conference in Amsterdam last week. The event underscores our ongoing commitment to reduce dependence on fossil-based products and help minimize the environmental impact of our own organisation and the more than one million customers that we serve" stated Dr Jane Murray, Head of Green Chemistry at Merck who received the award in Amsterdam, 

Tony Duncan, CEO and co-founder of Circa Group, added, “Along with colleagues from GCCE and Sigma-Aldrich, we are delighted that Cyrene has been rewarded as a bio-based chemical innovation. All results to date indicate Cyrene is a safer, healthier, high-performance alternative to traditional solvents and it continues to surprise researchers with its unique properties. We are glad that its exciting potential continues to be recognised.”

The runner up was Croda with their bio-based exthoxylates, and our highly commended awarded to Global Bioenergies for their bio-based ETBE (ethyl-tert-butyl ether).

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Our final award was the Van ‘t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences Poster of the Year which was received by University of Amsterdam student Wei Zhang for their sound conclusions and clear visual presentation of their research into biomass. Runner up was Maria Ronda. 

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Chair of the judges, Luke Upton, Editor of Bio-Based World News on the awards; “Building on our launch last year, we have been delighted at the variety of entries we have received to these Awards and it has again cast a spotlight on the wonderful innovations featured on our news website and digital magazine. The judges had a really tough time choosing our winners, with only a few points between our final places. A big thanks to our judging panel and all the entrants.”

We would like to thank our judging panel Christian Bolck (Programme Manager, Materials, Wageningen UR – Food & Biobased Research), Paul Hudman (Business Development Manager at Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre), Paul Cordfunke (Owner of CO3 Innovation to Profit & Project Manager, BioDelta) and Murray McLaughlin (Executive Director, Bioindustrial Innovavtion Centre, Canada) for their time and energy in helping select the winners. 

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Our worthy winners received their trophies on the second day of our successful conference hosted at Amsterdam University’s Science Park on Thursday 1st June. If you missed out this time, we will also be shortly launching our North American Innovation awards which will take place in San Diego this September.

Thank you to everyone who sent in their entries, our winners will feature on Bio-Based News very shortly!


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