Life and biological sciences and technologies as engines for bio-based innovation
Life and biological sciences and technologies encompass a wide set of different technological approaches, ranging from screening and cultivation of microorganisms to systems metabolic engineering, synthetic biology and in silico experiments to large-scale industrial biotechnology, e.g. in bio-refineries. Life and biological sciences and technologies play an important role in a wide range of applications and market segments and may address economic, social and environmental challenges. However, despite significant scientific-technological progress, the bio-based industry in general is still in a rather early stage of development and the products and processes are often not economically available under current market and system conditions. Moreover, they are not always more sustainable than fossil-based products. Hence, the question arises, which life and biological sciences and technologies are required as main enablers and engines for innovations for the bioeconomy and how the EU and its member states will be able to realise their potential for economy and society. Consequently, foresight looking activities on life and biological sciences and technologies are of considerable importance to identify focal points and needs for action, and to identify the potentials from the perspective of various stakeholder groups.
The main objectives of the study are to
Results of the project are summarized in an EU publication, s. below.