EU Research Project “Nano3Bio” has Started – “Huge Potential” through Biotechnology

ARTES Biotechnology GmbH is part of the international consortium

While the oil is slowly but surely running out, renewable resources are becoming increasingly important. In future, the biological production of raw materials has to play an even greater role to meet the needs in an environmentally friendly manner. An international consortium of researchers and companies now rises to this challenge. Its goal is the biotechnological production of so-called chitosans, which are used as raw materials for medicine, agriculture, water treatment, cosmetics, paper and textile industries as well as many other fields of application. To tap this potential, the European Commission supports the research project “Nano3Bio” with a total of almost 9 million Euros up to 2017. In addition to the experts from ARTES, universities and research institutes as well as companies from Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, India, The Netherlands, Spain and Sweden are involved. They recently met to kick off the project in Münster, Germany.

“The Nano3Bio project is making a scientific dream come true, because this strong consortium will be able to achieve a breakthrough from basic research to the biotechnological production of chitosans”, says Professor Dr. Bruno Moerschbacher, biologist at the University of Münster and coordinator of the project.