Biotrend is a research-based SME focused on the development, optimisation, de-risking and scale-up of bioprocesses for industrial biotechnology. Clients range from start-up companies without bioprocessing know-how and infrastructure to large chemical and pulp and paper companies exploring the opportunities of industrial biotechnology and of the use of renewable raw materials, including industrial by-products, to create value. Biotrend carries out research aiming at the production of bio-based chemicals and materials from renewable raw materials. Further, we contribute to collaborative projects in the fields of the bioeconomy. The core activity of Biotrend is the development of novel bioprocesses and their transition from lab scale to bioprocesses that can be implemented in production scale, process integration and early evaluation of the technical and economic feasibility of processes before investing in larger-scale trials. We are experienced in the development of processes based on a wide range of biological systems, from naturally occurring bacterial, yeast and fungal strains to recombinant microbial cells, for the production of biomass, primary and secondary metabolites, enzymes and biopolymers, including polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA). We also have experience in working with a wide diversity of raw materials, including cheese whey, lignocellulosic hydrolysates, spent sulfite liquor, kraft process side streams, residues from the food industry, and use of fermentation media based on marine-derived raw materials, such as macroalgal hydrolysates.

Role in the project

WP3: Optimisation and scale-up of PHA production. Biotrend has a tremendous knowledge in the production of PHA from diverse raw materials (refined sugars, lignocellulosic hydrolysates, volatile fatty acids, residues from the food industry, residues from the pulp and paper industry, agricultural residues, glycerol from the biodiesel industry, etc) using pure cultures in high-cell density fermentations.

WP8: Active participation in dissemination and exploitation and particularly on the task of capacity building for PHA productions technologies implementation in Europe, bringing knowledge on existing capacity of algal production and industrial fermentation, logistics of material supply and value-chain integration.