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From sea-bed to test-bed:
harvesting the potential of marine microbes for industrial biotechnology

Objective

SeaBioTech is a 48-month project designed and driven by SMEs to create innovative marine biodiscovery pipelines as a means to convert the potential of marine biotechnology into novel industrial products for the pharmaceutical (human and aquaculture), cosmetic, functional food and industrial chemistry sectors. SeaBioTech will reduce barriers to successful industrial exploitation of marine biodiversity for companies more accustomed to ‘terrestrial’ biotechnology. SeaBioTech directly addresses five key challenges to remove bottlenecks in the marine biodiscovery pipeline, leading to (1) improvements in the quality of marine resources available for biotechnological exploitation, (2) improvement in technical aspects of the biodiscovery pipeline to shorten time to market, and (3) developing sustainable modes of supply of raw materials for industry. The two last challenges centre on enabling activities to enhance the marine biodiscovery process: first, clarification of legal aspects to facilitate access to marine resources, their sustainable use, and their secure exploitation; second, to create an improved framework for access to marine biotechnology data and research materials. To achieve its goals, SeaBioTech brings together complementary and world-leading experts, integrating biology, genomics, natural product chemistry, bioactivity testing, industrial bioprocessing, legal aspects, market analysis and knowledge exchange. The expertise assembled within the consortium reflects the industry-defined needs, from the SME partners’ initial definition of market and product opportunities to their ultimate proof-of-concept demonstration activities. SeaBioTech will have significant impact on research and technology, on innovation, on European competitiveness and on economic growth. It will provide a model to accelerate the development of European biotechnology into a world leading position.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/industrial biotechnology
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2012-6-singlestage
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Funding Scheme

CP-TP - Collaborative Project targeted to a special group (such as SMEs)

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE
Address
Richmond Street 16
G1 1XQ Glasgow
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 803 588
Administrative Contact
Martin Gregory (Mr.)

Participants (15)

TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT

Participation ended

Finland
Address
Tekniikantie 4 A
02044 VTT Espoo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Irmeli Koskinen (Ms.)
NOVAMEN SAS

Participation ended

France
Address
Rue De La République 69
69002 Lyon
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marie-Laure Muiras (Ms.)
INGENZA LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 406 476
Address
Wallace Building Roslin Biocentre
EH25 9PP Roslin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ian Archer (Dr.)
PROKAZYME EHF
Iceland
EU contribution
€ 91 680
Address
Vinlandsleio 14
113 Reykjavik
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jakob Kristjansson (Dr.)
MARINE BIOPOLYMERS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 229 811
Address
Glenside Farm Culzean
KA19 8JH Kirkoswald
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
David Mackie (Mr.)
PHARMAQ AS*
Norway
EU contribution
€ 601 578
Address
Skogmo Industriomrade
7863 Overhalla
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Laurits Valderhaug (Mr.)
AXXAM SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 556 420
Address
Via Meucci 3
20091 Bresso Milano
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Daniele Carettoni (Dr.)
Horizon Discovery Limited
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 675 240
Address
Cambridge Research Park
CB25 9TL Cambridge
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Daniel Cowel (Mr.)
MATIS OHF
Iceland
EU contribution
€ 709 450
Address
Vinlandsleid 12
113 Reykjavik
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Guðmundur óli Hreggviðsson (Dr.)
MAX IV Laboratory, Lund University
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 370 744
Address
Paradisgatan 5C
22100 Lund
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jeanette Nylin (Ms.)
JULIUS-MAXIMILIANS-UNIVERSITAT WURZBURG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 508 209
Address
Sanderring 2
97070 Wuerzburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Christian Gloggengiesser (Mr.)
HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH
Greece
EU contribution
€ 387 503
Address
Leoforos Athens Sounio 46 7Km
19013 Attikia Anavissos
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Stylianos Kastrinakis (Mr.)
THE SCOTTISH ASSOCIATION FOR MARINESCIENCE LBG
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 581 486
Address
Scottish Marine Institute
PA37 1QA Dunbeg Oban
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Derek Black (Mr.)
ACIES Consulting Group SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 122 727
Address
Rue De La République 69
69002 Lyon
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marie-Laure Muiras (Ms.)
TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT OY
Finland
EU contribution
€ 416 804
Address
Tekniikantie 21
02150 Espoo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Irmeli Koskinen (Ms.)