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18.10.2012German Dutch Partnership in the spotlight
BE-Basic and CLIB2021 fostered their cooperation in developing the bio-economy

Dusseldorf, Thursday, October, 18 2012 - The Netherlands and Germany are two strong European nations which are joining their forces to realize the bioeconomy. Within the German-Dutch Session at the EFIB2012 both nations presented their potentials and strategies for collaboration. Both clusters identified fields for future cooperation to strengthen the partnership between the Netherlands and Germany in the bioeconomy.

They will focus on bilateral exchange of educational programs, alignment of societal programs around feedstock sustainability, joint approach to third-party international partners and facilitating joint technology development by organization of targeted joint workshops.

“We have to face up the challenges of the bioeconomy. The only way to reach the ambitious goals of the bioeconomy is to build consortia out of the best international specialists. Our common session within the EFIB2012 is a next step to foster such developments”, says CLIB2021 chairman, Achim Marx.

Luuk van der Wielen, Director of BE-Basic: "CLIB2021 represents to BE-Basic and its partners the quality, ambition and enterpreneurial drive that are necessary to deliver the biobased economy and strengten the positions of our industry and academic partners. Our collaboration will range from aligned international strategies, potential sharing of facilities, training the next generations of bioengineers and scientists, and joint macro-economic impact analysis."

After the plenary program the consul general Henk Voskamp invited the participants to a special business lunch. Within this lunch break Voskamp honored the strong partnership between CLIB2021 and BE-Basic. “Today’s meeting is another manifestation of the close German – Dutch partnership in the field of industrial biotechnology. The lunch served to re-enforce our contacts and deepen our co-operation in this field”.

The cooperation will target partnering along new value chains and education in bioeconomy. Aspects from politics, economics, society, technology, legislation, and ecology will be addressed in a holistic way. Stakeholders from all fields will benefit from the aggregated know-how of the two partnering open innovation clusters. This way members and partners of the clusters foster bioeconomy in Europe and far beyond. Since both clusters have built excellent international networks, they have global reach for raw materials as well as technology partnering.