Press release

EFIB 2014

Champagne celebration for Industrial Biotech and the Biobased Economy. 

Reims, France, 1 October 2014 - Now in its 7th year, EuropaBio is delighted to bring the European Forum on Industrial Biotechnology and the Biobased Economy (EFIB) to France, for the first time. This year’s event takes place in Reims, capital of the beautiful Champagne-Ardenne region; a thriving hub for biobased industries and expertise.

The Congress, which is Europe’s largest annual event on Industrial, or White, biotech, will bring together over 700 industry leaders, technological experts and policy makers. Together, they will debate the issues at the heart of the EU’s transition towards a smarter, more sustainable bioeconomy, enabled by biobased industries and White biotech.

Commenting on the event, EuropaBio’s Secretary General , Nathalie Moll, said: ‘This year, EFIB precedes European Biotech Week, which runs from 6-12 October. It will give us a flavor of the benefits and solutions that these technologies are providing in Europe and around the world. In Reims, there will be a special focus on the success of agri-industrial partnerships for Europe’s rural economies, reflecting the local region’s leadership in establishing new value chains to provide jobs and growth. We will also be looking at global scale-up of biobased industries, the latest in cutting-edge innovation and the impact of the shale gas revolution on the development of new biobased markets.’

Stephan Tanda, EuropaBio’s Industrial Biotech Council Chair and Managing Board member of Royal DSM added: ‘We are now at a critical point for the scale up of this technology in Europe. We have the world’s greatest expertise in White Biotech here in the EU, but if Europeans are to benefit from its deployment we need much more supportive policy and better access to financing. Industrial biotech has huge potential to help the EU deliver on its climate and economic goals, as well as on its need to secure sustainable food, feed, fuels and materials. This should be reflected through its prioritization in the Commission’s new Jobs, Growth and Investment Package, aiming to mobilise up to € 300 billion in additional public and private investment in the real economy over the next three years. We have only just begun to harness the potential of White biotech. With the right support there will be so much more to celebrate in the future.’

ENDS

About EuropaBio:

EuropaBio is the European Association for Bioindustries, bringing together bioscience companies from all fields of research and development, testing, manufacturing and distribution of biotechnology products. It has 56 corporate members, 13 associate members and Bio Regions and 16 National Biotechnology Associations- representing some 1800 small and medium sized enterprises across Europe.