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About the Baltic Blue Biotechnology Alliance

The Baltic Blue Biotechnology Alliance matches its users to the services,
facilities and experts they need to take their product idea to the next level

The challenge

The challenge

Blue biotechnology is a sector that has great potential as Europe moves towards a biobased economy. It can be tapped for products such as new drugs, biofuels, food and supplements. It also promises to play a key role in the development of ecosystem services related to clean water. This potential is impressive but – to date – remains largely untapped, realisation is still in its infancy.

One great difficulty in getting blue biotech products market ready is that not each and every Baltic Sea Region (BSR) country considered by itself can provide all the resources and expertise necessary to complete the journey from idea to finished product. The Baltic Blue Biotechnology Alliance aims to bridge this gap by developing and implementing optimal transnational product development chains. These will enable efficient use of and comprehensive access to the whole variety of facilities, (bio-)resources and expertise available within the region and beyond, therefore pooling national capabilities.

Our approach

Our approach

Alliance experts know the structure and specific disciplines of the sector and can respond to its demands. We are working to create a functioning network of actors whilst working with our first “client” cases. We follow a needs-based approach and are developing a genuinely useful service offer. One of our overall objectives is the development of blue biotechnology products through integrated, transnational value chains.

To do so, we match our users to the services, facilities and experts they need to take their idea to the next level. Not only do we look for the right partners to advance a project, we also help to create the necessary financial, legal and organisational conditions for the project to be realised within the transnational product development chain.

What we aim to achieve

What we aim to achieve

We aim to present at least five successful cases in which partners have helped a case gain what it needs in order to progress to a fully developed product. These cases will serve as models of how blue biotechnology value chains can work across the BSR.

On the basis of the experience gained with the concrete cases, we will streamline the overall service offer, connecting the right actors and resources throughout the BSR in the right way for the specific product to be developed. This offer will include case mentoring, finding suitable partners, marketing, legal and financial advice. The Alliance will also keep public and private decision-makers informed about developing trends and help them to prioritise actions and investments to meet future demands within the sector.

The service shall be continuously available to blue biotechnology actors in the BSR through a self-sustaining network we hope to create in the course of the next three years. Working closely with our cases in a needs-oriented way will help us achieve this goal.

What we offer

In the Baltic Blue Biotechnology Alliance, the Baltic Sea Region's leading marine and
biotechnology institutes have joined forces to offer you the following services:

Analytical techniques

Analytical techniques

The Alliance is strong in offering services related to biodiscovery and biotechnology of marine macro- and microorganisms, e.g. bioassays, growth optimisation, high value compounds, co-culturing, chromatography, spectroscopy, mass spectrometry-based chemical imaging and natural chemistry.
Research infrastructure / Equipment

Research infrastructure / Equipment

Alliance partners have state-of-the-art laboratories and research facilities for applied research and product development, including analytical platforms, culture platforms and (pilot) plants from lab to pilot scale, research and development facilities.
Bioresources

Bioresources

Our partners can offer access to a large variety of marine biomaterial culture collections (e.g. macro- and microalgae, cyanobacteria, marine bacteria and fungi, mussels…).
Business development

Business development

We can help you to identify the right partners to bridge the gaps in your business and product development. Additionally, we offer support in business planning, life cycle assessment reports, technology transfer, incubation, fundraising and marketing.
Communication

Communication

The Alliance can help you with communication and advocacy activities, either directly or on your behalf. Our partners are experienced in science-to-market communication and have extensive international networks.
Legal Advice

Legal Advice

In questions related to intellectual property rights, patenting, legal framework requirements for joint activities, some Alliance partners can offer relevant advice.

Want to know more? Read our Service Offer Brochure!