Optimization of regional policies in support of Shared Pilot Facilities for innovative applications in the field of biotechnology

Starting year: 2016


  • Biotechnology
  • Environment
  • Sustainability

Funding: Interreg Europe (EU/MISE)
Duration: 2016-2020

The objective of this international project is to optimize regional policies in support of Shared Pilot Facilities (SPF), in order to increase their impact on industrial biotechnology and the bioeconomy accelerating the transfer of innovations from laboratories to the market. Typically, the construction of a Shared Pilot Facility is financially supported by public entities, but the real challenge is to safeguard the long-term existence of these plants because bioeconomy, which includes the sustainable production of chemicals, pharmaceuticals, food, energy , etc. from renewable raw materials, is a relatively new concept and dedicated policies are currently lacking in many regions. Shared Pilot Facilities are open to all companies and research institutes and can thus be seen as shared investments for innovation. They have proven to be effective in helping innovators, especially SMEs, to overcome the technological and financial difficulties that have to be faced in the crucial phase between laboratory and successful market introduction.


  • Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant, Belgium
  • Department of Economy, Science and Innovation - Flemish Government, Belgium
  • Centre for Process Innovation - Tees Valley, UK
  • VTT - Helsinki, Finland
  • Bioprocess Pilot Facility and Province of Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
  • Innovhub SSI, Italy

Contact person:

Ilaria Bonetti

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