INAB-CERTH is active in Agrobiotechnology, where it contributes decisively to the genetic mapping, exploitation and promotion of Greek biodiversity. It is the only specialized Research Institute in Greece for plant genetics and genomics, transcriptional and post-genetic analysis. INAB's mission is in basic and applied research to promote innovation in the field of modern agri-biotechnology. INAB has extensive experience in many national, European and international R & D projects, as well as providing services and technology transfer of research results. In close co-operation with producers, businesses and academics (i) identifies in a modern way, by using genomics technologies, species and varieties of the flora and fauna of our country and food products of these species and varieties; (ii) guides the development of improved varieties and develops novel foods with particular nutritional characteristics; and (iii) exploits various micro-organisms and plants as "factories" producing high value materials in an environmentally friendly manner.
Agricultural University of Athens
Professor Nikolaos Labrou
Laboratory of Enzyme Technology at the Agricultural University of Athens
The Laboratory of Enzyme Technology at the Agricultural University of Athens represents fully fledged research organization which employs academic staffs, postdoctoral research fellows, graduate students and a technical staff. Within its 20 years in full operation, the rigorous research performed at the Laboratory of Enzyme Technology is already receiving international recognition and has also already achieved an excellent track record in attracting and managing research funding from national, European, US, and other sources. Prestigious funding agencies that have supported research include the EU (FP4, FP6, FP7, Horizon 2020), NATO, Bill & Melinda GATES Foundation, A.S. Onassis, Public Benefit Foundation, etc. The group has published more than 160 research papers in international journals and books (http://publicationslist.org/Labrou), and is highly experienced in enzyme biotechnology, cell and tissue culture technologies, protein downstream processing and biomolecular engineering. A considerable part of group’s current work is dedicated to the isolation and characterization of algae enzymes and biomolecules using state-of-the art approaches. An important aspect of the group is its multidisciplinary approach, which fosters and encourages interactive project work between in-house and external groups. This unique strength gives the group important links with those departments containing relevant expertise in the University, with national and international industry, and with research centres around the world. The group provides a fully equipped protein purification laboratory, including two bioreactors (Bioengineering), several liquid chromatography systems (Fast Protein Liquid Chromatography systems, preparative & analytical HPLC systems), as well as UV and fluorescence photometers. Analytical equipments available to the project are: Protein Thermal Shift PCR and real-time PCR equipment, centrifuges, lyophilizers, sonicators, tissue-disintegrators, cold room, tissue culture room e.t.c. In addition the laboratory has state-of-the art facilities for high throughput biochemical analyses of proteins using spectrophotometry, electrophoresis, and fiber optic technology.
Fondazione Edmund Mach
Dr. Stefan Martens, Senior researcher and group leader Biotechnology of Natural Products (BPN)
The Fondazione Edmund Mach (FEM) is a leading Italian institution active in research, technology, and technology transfer related to the agro-food sector. FEM is a public agency under private law jurisdiction and comprises a Research and Innovation Centre, a Training and Education Centre, and a Technology Transfer Centre, all carrying out activities in the fields of agro-food and sustainable development. Currently, FEM makes up a full-scale rural centre stretching out over a 14-hectare campus, with classrooms, greenhouses, offices. FEM owns 120 hectares of land cultivated with apple and grape and 80 hectares of forests. Nowadays around 800 students attend classes, assisted by over 100 teachers.
59% of FEM personnel are males. The majority of collaborators are 30-50 years old. Thirteen percent is of foreign nationality. FEM is organized into Centers geared to the specific aims of: 1. Education and Training; 2. Research and Innovation; 3. Technical Experimentation and Transfer. Today, the goal of improving the characteristics and potential of agriculture is reached through the integration between the school, the Research and Innovation Centre, and the technical support provided to companies and farms.
From 2010 to 2016, more than 100 research projects have been granted (or are being evaluated) to Research and Innovation Centre researchers, both as partners or coordinators. About 50 projects were financed by the European Community. The Research and Innovation Centre currently (2016) manages/has managed 40 FP5, 6, 7/H2020 projects.
Centro Tecnológico Nacional de la Conserva
Angel Martínez Sanmartin
Responsable de I+D+i y OTRI
CTC-Spain is a private non profit research organization, recognized by the Spanish Government as Technological Centre, Office of Transfer of Research Results and it is declared of Public Use. CTC’s main aim is to promote research, innovation, competitiveness and internationalisation of the national agrofood sector. CTC activities are related with food science and technology, technology transfer, training and dissemination. CTC’s labs are accredited under UNE-EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005 standard. CTC’s staff is integrated by 26 people, 23 of them dedicated to research and innovation activities and the rest to financial and supporting activities. CTC’s scope of work is research, development and innovation in the food sector. CTC is an association of private companies (more than 100, mainly SMEs). CTC was created in the Organic Chemistry Faculty of the University of Murcia in 1962. Soon it moved to the CEBAS CSIC building. CSIC is the National Bureau for Scientific Research. In 1997 CTC moved to its own facilities. All these relationships make CTC be in close contact and collaboration with all the research organizations of the Region of Murcia and of course with the regional government and private companies. CTC works closely with AGRUPAL the Agrupation of Food Companies of the South East of Spain as well as with FIAB, the Spanish Federation of Food and Drink Companies. CTC is part of the Governing Council of the European Technological Platform Food For Life Spain and is actively involved in private sector development advice and support. CTC is the key organism for promoting cooperation between industries and research and technological actors. Many collaborative projects have been developed acting CTC like a bridge between the industries and the basic research carried out by Universities and other research organisms. All these relationships lead to the creation of the Agrofood Cluster of the Region of Murcia in CTC’s facilities. Agrofood Cluster integrates all the food research centres of the Region of Murcia, many governmental organisms and the most representative companies. CTC has two main research departments: Food Technology Department dealing with the design and development of new food products with different, traditional and new, technologies (with additional experience in active plastic containers and with encapsulated ingredients) and Food Safety Department dealing with contaminants, GMO, frauds, adulterations, etc. CTC’s pilot plant has the following technologies: Sterilization and Pasteurization of foods preserved in bags, trays, plastic containers, glass jars and cans; Aseptic processing and packaging; Freezing with liquid nitrogen; Modified atmospheres (for refrigerated foods); Liquids clarification with tangential filtration; Pilot technology for ready to eat dishes.
Ecoduna AG Eparella GmbH
Silvia Fluch, PhD (f) Senior scientist and Project leader, COO;
Eparella GmbH, a 100% daughter of the ecoduna AG, is a young SME biotech company which has developed and patented an innovative photobioreactor technology. Since 2018 it is using this technology for the production of microalgae at industrial scale in a 1ha glasshouse. In parallel ecoduna runs a demo plant for R&D purposes, which exists since 2010. Thus ecoduna has a long track record in mid to large sale cultivation of microalgae, as well as photobioreactor design. The team of 27 people consists of engineers, process technicians, biologists and molecular biologists developing and operating photobioreactors (PBR) for microalgae cultivation at various scales. Running the patented and sustainable proprietary production process for the efficientgeneration of high quality microalgae, eparella is able to generate 100t of dry biomass per hectare per year. The integration of unique technological expertise combined with biological know how and data management enables ecoduna/eparella to offer consistently high-quality biological resources in large quantities for the nutraceutical industry.
Dr. José Luis Mullor
Bionos’ mission is to help cosmetic, food, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies in their R&Dactivities, through advice, design and development of efficacy and functionality bioassays on final product and active ingredients. Bionos’ aim is to solve the scientific needs of its clients, providing a tangible and differential added value, through tests developed in a rigorous, innovative, cost effective, timely and personalized manner.
Bionos is part of the research and development process of companies, thus reporting an added value to the products of its customers, through the scientific know-how acquired after more than 25 years of experience in research. The value proposal revolves around the design and development of personalized assays, complying with the strictest scientific rigor, in order to validate the efficacy and functionality of the final products and/or their active ingredients. Bionos develops solutions tailored to the problems or needs of each client, helping them to develop their own R&D through several techniques and possibilities.
N. Vagioni (CEO)
FRESH FORMULA SA is a pioneer in development and production of natural cosmetic products. The company has developed exclusively in-house a wide portfolio of products for face, body & hair based on herbal extracts, organic plant oils, essential oils and natural butters. It operates its own 6,000m2 production unit in Athens and an extensive network of 250 points of sales in 16 different countries