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IBISBA is an Engineering Biology Research Infrastructure that brings together leading research organisations providing experimental and in silico services for industry and academia to accelerate bio-based manufacturing processes. IBISBA aims to push Industrial Biotechnology to the forefront of Europe's bioeconomy transition and thus contribute to the creation of a more environmentally sustainable society.

IBISBA is currently being developed in two projects: IBISBA 1.0 and PREP-IBISBA. Both receive funding from the EU’s H2020 research and innovation programme and are defined by independent contractual agreements (n° 730976 and 871118) with the European Commission.

Why is IBISBA needed?

Bioeconomy is hailed by the European Commission as a unique opportunity to reduce greenhouse gas emission, increase resource use efficiency and steward the transition to a more sustainable society. Moreover, it represents an opportunity for Europe to create new jobs, regain competitiveness and thus maintain industrial leadership in the industrial chemistry sector.

The transition to the bioeconomy requires a significant amount of innovation to accompany the profound changes in current manufacturing processes and major area for innovation lays within Industrial Biotechnology (IB). Currently, IB delivers a wide range of manufactured goods and figures among Europe’s strengths (€31 billion added value in 2017, Europabio report), but its economic impact is still small compared to the chemical industry (€4 trillion worldwide). In this respect, IB needs to deliver cost-competitive, flexible, and efficient manufacturing processes. To achieve this, innovation is required to create a stronger link between biological sciences and the different engineering disciplines that provide the basis for industrial process design. The underlying concept is to create R&D continuum that will ensure a rapid and efficient transition from bioscience-based research to bioprocess development. In concrete terms, this means assembling operators of a wide array of research infrastructures, from facilities dedicated to operations in biological sciences, such as DNA synthesis and microbial strain production, to pilot scale facilities equipped with large scale bioreactors and industry-compatible technologies for downstream separation and purification operations.

What is Industrial Biotechnology?

Industrial Biotechnology (IB) is the application of biological systems for industrial purposes, it is powered by enzymes and microorganisms and relies on the creation of synergy between biology and chemical engineering. It covers a wide range of market sectors, from biobased fuels and plastics to bulk and fine chemicals, food and feed ingredients, waste treatment, pollution prevention and resource conservation. In the context of the bioeconomy, IB is identified as the foremost technological solution to harness biomass as a basis for advanced generation manufacturing processes.