Industrial biotechnology is a key technology for the development of a sustainable chemical industry and especially for the bioeconomy. While academic research laboratories are widespread, pilot plants are still rarely found. Yet they are urgently needed, especially for smaller companies, to prepare innovations for the commercialization of new products. In addition to the technical advancement of biotechnological processes, the provision of larger quantities of material for application research as well as process data for economic and other studies on the feasibility of a manufacturing process are of particular importance.
The use of renewable raw materials by employing enzymatic synthesis of biobased chemicals and the fermentative production of biocatalysts or other metabolic products, for example organic solvents and acids, are objectives defined by the working group “Biotechnological Processes”.