York-based BioVale joins 3BI intercluster

The leading bioeconomy clusters in the Netherlands, France, Germany and the UK – including York-based BioVale – have joined forces as the 3BI intercluster.

3BI is a strategic European partnership that builds on the complementary strengths of four regional innovation clusters: Biobased Delta; BioEconomy; BioVale and Industries & Agroc Resources (IAR). All four clusters use biorefining to convert biological resources into materials, chemicals, fuels, food and feed. They intend to work together in the research, development and deployment of novel high-tech approaches to the conversion of biomass and waste streams into value-added products and applications.

The production of renewable biological resources and their conversion into every day products is increasing rapidly. The bioeconomy creates new markets for innovative products across the globe. European companies need support if they are to access these important new markets successfully. The formulation of the 3BI intercluster represents a common intention to explore business linkages between the clusters and their members.

The intercluster will help European companies to make the most of new markets and opportunities from the bioeconomy. The 3BI partners focus on growth, innovation and smart specialising of their regions. Their goal is to promote sustainable solutions for lower carbon footprint and to substitute fossil fuel materials in industrial scale.

Dr Joe Ross, of Yorkshire’s BioVale, says: “The 3BI intercluster will strengthen European collaboration and innovation and help European SMEs to create globally competitive products and services for the bioeconomy.”