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.