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

Posted on May 26, 2016 4:41:00 PM

Peter Matthijssen Synbra Technology (left) and Dr. Niels Schenk BioBTX - our BioBased Innovation Awards Winners! "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. 

The winner of the Bio-Based Product of the Year (Europe) 2016 was the ‘Greeny’ a new line of Ice containers made from BioFoam® by Synbra and recently launched In Italy.

Speaking on the announcement of their win Peter Matthijssen, Commercial Manager, at Synbra Technology; “The last couple of years a lot of work has been done by Synbra / Synprodo in close cooperation with our Italian partners Sulpol and Greenevo to create a completely new bio-based and compostable icebox design for the Italian market. We were very glad to receive recognition by the jury and win this award, which is a real motivator for all the people involved. We believe it will contribute to the success of BioFoam® in the market and hope that many more products will follow in the coming years.”

Runner up was Bioserie with their bio-based baby toys with Lumir’s bio-fibre based acoustic coating to decrease reverberation indoors being voted Highly Commended.

The winner of the Bio-Based Chemical Innovation of the Year (Europe) 2016 was BioBTX for their terephthalic acid from crude glycerine which has made it possible to convert waste streams, with high efficiencies into valuable products.  

 Dr. Niels Schenk, Chief Technology Officer at BioBTX on winning the award; “BioBTX has developed technology to convert crude glycerin from biodiesel production into key chemical building blocks such as para-xylene. With these chemical building blocks, it is possible to make performance materials out of biomass. We are very honoured and proud that the international jury of independent industry experts selected us for the award! 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. So make sure you follow our developments! We have a major announcement in June, so make sure you follow us on twitter (@BioBTX) or linkedin!”

Runner up was the Ohio Soybean Council with their patent-pending Soy-PK Reactive Oligomer Cross-Linker resin with Covestro’s new bio-based crosslinker Desmodur® eco N 7300 being voted Highly Commended.

Chair of the judges, Luke Upton, Editor of Bio-Based World News on the awards; “We have been delighted at the response to the launch of these Awards and it has really helped further spotlight the wonderful innovations featured on our news website and digital magazine. It’s been fantastic to see such a variety of entries, and the judges had a really tough time choosing our winners, with only a few points between places. A big thanks to our judging panel and all the entrants.”

The judging panel was Krijn Rietveld (Board Member, HollandBIO),  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) and Luke Upton (Editor, Bio-Based World News). 

The winners received their trophies at a ceremony at the end of the second day, Wednesday 25th May of Bio-Based Chemicals and Bio-Based Products event in Amsterdam. A North American edition of the Awards will take place in September in San Francisco and the European edition will return in 2017.

Make sure you keep checking Bio-Based World News as the winners will be featured very soon!

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Luke Upton
Luke Upton
Luke is the editor and co-founder of Bio-Based World has edited this site since its launch and previously worked for b2b media companies across industries including energy, advertising and sport. His more