Industrial biotechnology driving industrial competitiveness and sustainability: initiatives from the European Union
This article outlines the drivers of industrial biotechnology in Europe, in particular industrial leadership, competitiveness of European industries and environmental sustainability. The impact of industrial biotechnology has gradually expanded from the classical biochemical processes to others such as fine and bulk chemicals, pulp and paper, textile, automotive and energy, making from industrial biotechnology the core of biotechnology and the leverage for the bioeconomy.
Industrial biotechnology has already demonstrated its capacity to be a key enabling technology capable of generating industrial leadership and economic development, reinforcing the bioeconomy and being the main entry gate to the commercialization of biologically derived compounds and processes. This article also outlines the European Union initiatives aimed to promote the development and sustainable applications of industrial biotechnology during Framework Programme 7 (2007-2013) and the prospects for its successor Horizon 2020 (2014-2020).
Article en anglais. Paper in English.