Press releases and news 2022

  • Biointelligent sensor for measuring viral activity

    Press release of BioProS consortium / September 06, 2022

    Today, genome editing is almost as easy as programming software. However, the generation of viral vectors as initial material is still associated with many expensive and error-prone handling procedures. Viruses are generated via complex biological processes that have to be optimised virus-specifically in order to produce high-quality therapeutics. A new method is needed that simplifies and optimises these processes.

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  • Sustainable by design foamed bioplastics project launch

    Press release of VITAL consortium / September 01, 2022

    This summer, the VITAL consortium has kick started a three-year project that will tackle the biggest challenges faced when replacing conventional fossil-based petrochemical materials with sustainable bio-based alternatives.

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  • Congratulations on the win / 2022

    Biosurfactants are »Bioproduct Day Favourite«

    Fraunhofer IGB Nachricht / August 22, 2022

    Susanne Zibek
    © Fraunhofer IGB

    The World BioEconomy Forum used the social media campaign for "World Bioproduct Day" on July 7, 2022, to draw attention to the role and importance of biobased products and their potential to replace conventional fossil-based products. Researchers were able to apply with their own ideas, products, projects and research work to be presented as part of the campaign. The World BioEconomy Forum selected Dr. Susanne Zibek's research area Biosurfactants as "Bioproduct Day Favourite". The project will be presented at the World BioEconomy Forum, which will be held September 7-8, 2022. The campaign partners also selected the RoKKa project led by Dr.-Ing. Marius Mohr as a winner.

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  • Tumor treatment / 2022

    Herpes virus to be weaponized to fight cancer

    Research News / June 01, 2022

    Researchers use a plaque assay to test cell cultures and determine whether viruses are infectious.
    © Fraunhofer IGB

    Viruses can make animals and humans sick – or healthy: Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB have succeeded in genetically modifying the herpes simplex virus type 1, which triggers painful cold sores, in such a way that it can be used in the fight against cancer in the future.

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  • Research project explores new ways of creating bio-economic value / 2022

    Biorefinery project KoalAplan is extracting raw materials from wastewater

    UTBW Press release / March 02, 2022

    Gereinigtes Abwasser aus dem Hauptstrom
    © Universität Stuttgart

    Stuttgart/Büsnau. The Ministry of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector is funding the KoalAplan project, which extends the functional scope of a wastewater treatment plant. The project, based in the Stuttgart district of Büsnau, aims at recovering raw materials from wastewater and is therefore making a positive contribution to climate neutrality, as the products obtained replace fossil raw materials and energy-intensive processes.

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  • The sewage plant of the future is a biorefinery / 2022

    Pilot project RoKKa uses wastewater to produce fertiliser and raw materials

    UTBW Press release / March 02, 2022

    The wastewater treatment plant in Steinhäule is involved in the RoKKa project to test the transferability of bioeconomic solutions to another site.
    © Zweckverband Klärwerk Steinhäule

    Stuttgart/Ulm. The Ministry for the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector is funding the new research project RoKKa which is used to prove the viability of recovering raw materials from wastewater. This adds a crucial function to the scope of a conventional sewage treatment plant. Together with the operators of the sewage treatment plants in Erbach and Neu-Ulm, the project partners demonstrate the positive contribution towards climate protection and a secure feedstock supply, as the manufactured products can replace fossil materials and energy-intensive processes.

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  • Inspired by nature: Electro-biocatalytic CO2 fixing replaces fossil resources / 2022

    Turning harmful CO2 into useful chemicals

    Fraunhofer IGB Press release / January 13, 2022

    Wissenschaftler stellt etwas an einer auf einem Tisch stehenden Apparatur ein.
    © Marc Mueller

    Making important raw materials for fine chemicals out of carbon dioxide really works. As part of the Max Planck collaborative project eBioCO2n, a team of researchers from Fraunhofer IGB have successfully performed a first ever fixation of CO2 via a multi-enzyme enzyme reaction driven by electricity yielding a prospective intermediate for the chemical industry. The process for electro-biocatalytic CO2 fixation was recently published and is considered a “hot paper.”

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