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BIOCASCADES- Sustainable and Scalable Biocatalytic Cascade Reactions Training Network

BIOCASCADES- Sustainable and Scalable Biocatalytic Cascade Reactions Training Network

Objective

In BIOCASCADES, nine early-stage researchers (ESRs) will investigate the development of sustainable (chemo)enzymatic cascade reactions under the ‘green chemistry’ philosophy. The proposed BIOCASCADES project combines different techniques such as compartmentalization, protein engineering and reaction engineering in order to develop commercially viable and environmentally benign one pot reactions. By avoiding intermediate downstream- and purification-steps, cascade reactions minimize production costs, energy demand and waste production and are thus expected to make a major contribution for the development of sustainable and efficient production processes.

Small- and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are emerging as main drivers of European Research. They are dynamic, explore new areas and create new ideas, while large companies rely more and more on outsourcing research or involving SMEs by joint ventures. However, small companies are not strong enough as stand-alone enterprises, which requires them to form networks with other SMEs and academia. This creates a strong demand for young researchers who can move freely in an international and interdisciplinary environment. In a tailor-made training program BIOCASCADES aims to provide the nine early stage researchers with specific scientific and transferable skills for careers in the highly dynamic European biotechnology sector. Training at leading laboratories of biocatalysis will develop their scientific skills, while secondments to the industry and specific workshops will develop their entrepreneurship. The graduates of this doctorate program will be highly qualified for collaborative research between European academia and industry.

The consortium is formed by leading academic laboratories from biocatalysis and protein engineering together with a network of four innovative biotech companies. By combining their versatile expertise, the consortium can achieve a success that would not be possible in isolated projects.

Coordinator

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET GRAZ

Address

Rechbauerstrasse 12
8010 Graz

Austria

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 255 934,08

Participants (12)

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ENTRECHEM SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 123 936,48

SAROMICS BIOSTRUCTURES AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 263 659,32

UNIVERSITAET GREIFSWALD

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 249 216,48

ENZYMICALS AG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 249 216,48

KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 263 659,32

DSM CHEMICAL TECHNOLOGY R & D BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 134 780,87

VIAZYM BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 255 374,28

UNIVERSIDAD DE OVIEDO

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 123 936,48

RUHR-UNIVERSITAET BOCHUM

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 249 216,48

UNIVERSITAET BIELEFELD

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 249 216,48

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET BRAUNSCHWEIG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 249 216,48

INNOSYN BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 120 593,41

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TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 634200

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2015

  • End date

    31 December 2018

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 787 956,64

  • EU contribution

    € 2 787 956,64

Coordinated by:

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET GRAZ

Austria