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NOVEL, SUSTAINABLE MARINE BIO-SURFACTANT / BIO-EMULSIFIERS FOR COMMERCIAL EXPLOITATION

Objective

Surfactants and emulsifiers constitute an important class of chemical agents that are widely used in almost every sector of modern industry. The huge market demand is currently met almost exclusively by synthetic, mainly petroleum-based, chemical products, which are usually non-biodegradable and mostly toxic or GM plant based products (used in foods), which are undesirable by some end-users. Their biologically produced counterparts (i.e. bio-surfactants and bio-emulsifiers) offer more green sustainable alternatives. This has led to a number of manufactures, looking for ways to increase competitiveness through searching for underexploited sources such as the marine environment. Our objectives are to develop (1) innovative approaches in discovering, characterizing and producing novel marine-derived bio-surfactants from a large bacterial collection (greater than 500 strains) housed at Heriot Watt University, originally isolated from various coastal and open ocean waters around the world, (2) novel, economic, and eco-friendly end-products with commercial applications in order to replace synthetic counterparts, and (3) to demonstrate the functionality of new product development for commercial exploitation. Our collection consists of novel bacterial species, originally isolated for their ability to degrade oils, with proven promise in this respect. For this reason, our consortium (consisting of academic institutions, industrial companies and end-users) offering a wide range of expertise, will address the technical bottlenecks for meeting our objectives, namely those of marine resource identification, sustainable supply, discovery pipeline and efficient production in biological systems. The relevance of our proposal to the work programme is underlined by its expected impact in increasing efficiency of discovery pipelines, the development of more economic and eco-friendly end-products and finally in contributing to the implementation of the objectives of the EU Blue Growth.

Call for proposal

H2020-BG-2014-2015

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Sub call

H2020-BG-2014-2

Coordinator

HERIOT-WATT UNIVERSITY
Net EU contribution
€ 990 072,50
Address
Riccarton
EH14 4AS Edinburgh
United Kingdom

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Region
Eastern Scotland Edinburgh
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Participants (12)

UNIVERSITY OF ULSTER
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 719 757,50
Address
Cromore Road
BT52 1SA Coleraine

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Region
Northern Ireland Northern Ireland Causeway Coast and Glens
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
DIMOKRITIO PANEPISTIMIO THRAKIS
Greece
Net EU contribution
€ 203 750,00
Address
Panepistimioupoli Rectorate Building
691 00 Komotini

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Region
Ροδόπη Aνατολική Μακεδονία Βόρεια Ελλάδα
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
BIO BASE EUROPE PILOT PLANT VZW
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 527 750,00
Address
Rodenhuizekaai 1
9042 Desteldonk Gent

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Vlaams Gewest Prov. Oost-Vlaanderen Arr. Gent
Activity type
Other
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
EcoTechSystems Srl
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 134 600,00
Address
Via Caduti Del Lavoro 27
60131 Ancona

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Centro (IT) Marche Ancona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
ACONDICIONAMIENTO TARRASENSE ASSOCIACION
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 449 392,50
Address
Carrer De La Innovacio 2
08225 Terrassa

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Region
Este Cataluña Barcelona
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
APIVITA KALLYNTIKA DIAITITIKA FARMAKA ANONYMI EMPORIKI KAI VIOTECHNIKI ETAIREIA
Greece
Net EU contribution
€ 197 375,00
Address
Industrial Park Of Markopoulo
19003 Markopoulo

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Ανατολική Αττική Aττική Αττική
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
MARLOW FOODS LIMITED
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 199 375,00
Address
Station Road
TS97AB Stokesley

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Region
Yorkshire and the Humber North Yorkshire North Yorkshire CC
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
MACPHIE LIMITED

Participation ended

United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 6 063,39
Address
Glenbervie
AB39 3YG Stonehaven

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
North Eastern Scotland Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
NANOIMMUNOTECH SL
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 297 898,75
Address
Edificio Citexvi C Fonte Das Abelle Sn Campus Universitario De Vigo
36310 Vigo Pontevedra

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Galicia Pontevedra
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
PANEPISTIMIO PATRON
Greece
Net EU contribution
€ 571 125,00
Address
University Campus Rio Patras
265 04 Rio Patras

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Region
Αχαΐα Δυτική Ελλάδα Κεντρική Ελλάδα
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
NOVA-INSTITUT FUR POLITISCHE UND OKOLOGISCHE INNOVATION GMBH
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 130 062,50
Address
Chemiepark Knapsack Industriestrasse
50354 Huerth

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Nordrhein-Westfalen Köln Rhein-Erft-Kreis
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITY OF NORTHUMBRIA AT NEWCASTLE
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 322 425,36
Address
Sutherland Building College Street
NE1 8ST Newcastle Upon Tyne

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Region
North East (England) Northumberland and Tyne and Wear Tyneside
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00