TWB (Toulouse White Biotechnology)

The leading French and Dutch public-private biobased innovation clusters have joined forces to develop a sustainable bioeconomy. This collaboration will help both countries to benefit optimally from available resources and facilities, to help reach the agreed reduction of Green House Gasses at COP21 as well as economic growth. The Memorandum of Understanding between Toulouse White Biotechnology (TWB) and BE-Basic Foundation was signed in March 2016 during the first day of the international ECO-BIO conference in Rotterdam.

Development, testing and demonstration of new biobased value chains requires resources and facilities, often larger than a single company or institution can handle. Professional partnerships, especially between public and private organisations can substantially increase the rate of development and implementation by sharing resources, costs, facilities and thereby risk. BE-Basic and TWB are such professional national-level public-private partnerships that connect each 40 à 50 companies and research institutes in The Netherlands and France respectively. Both have proven track record of boosting innovation and creating new industries in the field of biorenewables production.

The agreed collaboration is meant to mutually benefit from the wide portfolio of research institutions, their knowhow and facilities, and offer industries and investors an inducing environment for implementing a sustainable Bioeconomy. Sustainability is a cornerstone of the collaboration. The parties will exchange experiences and best-practices following joint key performance parameters, supporting international cluster-building and networking  and actively supporting their partners in Academia and Industry in building bilateral links to prepare joint projects in academic science and industrial R&D. They also agreed to joint R&D projects in the field of industrial biotechnology, following the earlier investments.



Contact Luuk van der Wielen for more information about the BE-Basic collaboration with TWB.