A key strength of biotechnology is the conversion of functional, bio-based raw materials to high-quality products in diverse areas including specialty chemicals, cosmetics, or the food industry. These “high performance ingredients” (HiPerIns) can thus pave the way for new technologies, new processes and ultimately a bioeconomy. In addition to new intrinsic innovations, the biotechnological sector is increasingly influenced by external factors: disruptive technologies such as digitalisation and the drive towards a circular economy are radically changing existing markets, regulatory framework conditions and consumer wishes concerning sustainability are crucial for the success of a product today.
In 2020, the realisation phase of HiPerIn 2.0 has been granted funding by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. With a funding volume of 600.000 € und a funding period of three years, it will allow CLIB to tackle the most urgent hurdles, to find the most promising product groups and to create a lasting impact for the biotechnology scene in NRW. The cross-sectional topics digitalisation, circular (bio-) economy, regulatory frameworks, end-of-life-product design, and public perception will be analysed in relation to the product and market areas of food and feed, home and personal care, coatings, adhesives, and textiles.