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Founded in 2012, the BioEconomy Cluster was one of the winners of the Leading-Edge Cluster Competition of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

From 2012 to 2017, a total of 80 million euros (50 % of which was contributed by industry) was invested in bioeconomy research as part of Leading-Edge Cluster funding. Research was intensively carried out in 45 joint projects and approx. 150 subprojects.

The BioEconomy Cluster initiates, coordinates and supports various R&D&I projects from funding programs such as: KMU NETC, ZIM, New Products for the Bioeconomy and HORIZON 2020/BBI.

Go to Projects to find out more about individual projects. We are currently preparing BioToM – BioEconomy to Market (BMBF Bioeconomy Innovation Region). You can find out more about this topic here.

LignoLinkDevelopment of a European research and innovation network in the field of wood-based bioeconomy

BIOPEN – Establishment of a European Open Innovation PLATFORM

Accelerating and supporting the business development of bio-based industries and downstream sectors is the goal in the BIOPEN project. This project is funded by the Bio Based Industries consortium under the Horizon 2020 research and innovation program of the European Union.

The CAROFIL project and its project partners rely on a novel filter technology, whereby magnetizable filter coals are to be developed for the highly selective separation of particles.

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“The Rosenheim University of Applied Sciences is a co-founder of the BioEconomy Cluster. The transfer between science and industry was, and remains, important to us. Our participation in numerous joint projects of the Leading-Edge BioEconomy Cluster has enabled us to contribute our expertise in the wood-based bioeconomy. The Bavaria-Saxony-Anhalt alliance benefits greatly from this network. The HIZ-HolzImpulsZentrum in Rottleberode, spun out of the cluster, is just one example of the many research and development outcomes that have arisen in this alliance.”

Professor Dr. h.c. Heinrich Köster, Rector of the Rosenheim University of Applied Sciences

“Using renewable raw materials as an alternative to fossil resources is becoming increasingly important in the chemical industry. Particular focus is placed on chemicals produced through fermentation. The Leuna site in Saxony-Anhalt offers me with EWB ideal conditions for such biotech processes and the BioEconomy Innovation Cluster provides me with the relevant framework to network regionally, nationally and internationally. I am able to take advantage of partnering as well as joint trade fair and conference visits. Looking beyond one’s horizons and networking at such events provides a framework for process innovation and new partnerships.”

Dr. Joachim Schulze, CEO of EW Biotech GmbH

“As a young technology company, SunCoal has been active in the Leading-Edge BioEconomy Cluster since 2015. By participating in cluster projects, we were able to considerably speed up the development of our technology, which is used to produce technical carbons from lignin. We have benefited enormously from the resulting outcomes, building up what is now our largest business segment. We have been won over by this innovation cluster as it has lent us support in initiating new projects, searching for funding, market research and, in the traditional sense, networking with relevant industry players.”

Dominik Siemon, Authorized Representative of SunCoal Industries GmbH