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H2020: BBI-2016-R09: Explotación de algas y biomasa acuática para la producción de moléculas con aplicación en farmacia, productos nutracéuticos, aditivos alimentarios y cosmética

Resumen

Tipo:
Búsqueda de socios
Referencia:
RDUK20160805001
Publicado:
18/08/2016
Caducidad:
18/08/2017
Resumen:
Una universidad británica coordina una propuesta dentro del tema BBI 2016.R9 de la convocatoria de Bioindustrias. El objetivo es crear una cadena de valor biológica innovadora, económicamente viable y orientada al comercio para la fabricación de productos de alto valor a partir de microalgas. La universidad busca un usuario final de ácidos grasos poliinsaturados y polisacáridos funcionales para completar el consorcio. El usuario final utilizará estos productos para aplicaciones de encapsulación y producción de alimentos funcionales y nutracéuticos. La fecha límite de la convocatoria es el 8 de septiembre de 2016 y el plazo para presentar expresiones de interés finaliza el 3 de septiembre.

Details

Tittle:
H2020: BBI-2016-R09: Nutraceutical and aquafeed end user required. Exploiting algae and other aquatic biomass for production of molecules for pharma, nutraceuticals, food additives and cosmetic applications
Summary:
A UK University is coordinating the submission of a proposal toward the BBI 2016.R9 topic under the Bio Based Industries call. The project will create an innovative, economically viable and commercially focused bio based value chain for the production of high value products from microalgae. An end user of polyunsaturated fatty acids and functional polysaccharides is sought to complete the consortium. The end user may require these for encapsulation, functional foods and or nutraceuticals.
Description:
Sustainability and environmental concerns surrounding the global fossil fuel based economy are ever present. There is a pressing need to develop a strong European bio based sector in order to reduce reliance on fossil fuel products and promote growth in a sustainable and environmentally friendly manner. Microalgae represent an important bio feedstock from which a number of high value products including fuels, food, high value chemicals, pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals and cosmetics can be derived, helping to provide an alternative to fossil fuel based products. However, the processing of microalgae to usefully recover the most value from this important bio feedstock, including steps to dewater and disrupt cells, can be expensive, energy intensive and slow. There is a need to develop technologies which are more cost effective and consume less energy than those utilised at present, making microalgae cultivation more competitive, secure and sustainable.

The aim of the project is to create an innovative, economically viable and commercially focused bio based value chain for the production of high value products from microalgae, by addressing both upstream and downstream processing steps. The developed value chain will be tuneable, dependant on growth and processing, to a number of high value products including polyunsaturated fatty acids (e.g. omega-3 and omega-6) and functional polysaccharides for use in for example, encapsulation, functional foods and nutritional supplements. These products have already established markets, for example, the omega-3 ingredients market is estimated to be worth $18.95 Bn by 2020 and the global food encapsulation market (including polysaccharides) worth $41.7 Bn by 2021.

The project will investigate the microalgae species of interest from a biological and ecological perspective prior to taking a systems biology and process modelling approach to optimising the cultivation of selected microalgae, optimising growth conditions to target increased yield of the identified bioactive compounds of interest. Advanced technological solutions to current energy intensive downstream processing methodologies will be developed, including cutting edge microbubble technology and novel filtering to dewater the microalgae cultures and microwave systems to facilitate effective cell disruption. Polyunsaturated fatty acids and polysaccharides will be extracted and tested.

The coordinator is seeking a commercial partner to join the project team that is keen to utilise and exploit the recovered polyunsaturated fatty acids and functional polysaccharides, at more competitive costs and improved yields.The commercial partner will have influence on the focus of the study to ensure the developed process is optimised for commercial exploitation.

EOI deadline: 3rd September
Submission deadline: 8th September
Call identifier: BBI 2016.R9

Partner sought

Partner Sought:
Type of partner sought: Industrial, SME or larger Area of activity: Nutraceuticals, aquafeed, Tasks to be performed: Assess scope and join the consortium
Type of Partnership Considered:
RDR

Client

Type and Size of Client:
R-Y-D Institution
Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation:
No
Languages Spoken:
English

Dissemination

Programme-call

Evaluation Scheme:
single stage
Coordinator Required:
No
Deadline for Call:
08/09/2016
Project Duration:
156