Baltic Blue Biotechnology Alliance
ALLIANCE
 
PROGRAMME 2014-2020
priority
2 Natural resources
objective
2.4 Blue growth

ALLIANCE

The Interreg project Baltic Blue Biotechnology ALLIANCE built a network of Research-Technology-Innovation mentors who match services, facilities and experts from different countries around the Baltic Sea and turned smart ideas for biotechnology from the sea into a dozen market-ready products.
The opportunity

Blue biotechnology is about exploring and exploiting the organisms of the sea in order to develop new products or services – ideally in a sustainable manner. The Baltic Sea region has all the necessary elements for the successful development of an innovative and sustainable maritime economy and benefits from strong research and innovation activities and a tradition of close cooperation. And the European Commission’s Blue Growth strategy of 2012 identified blue biotechnology as one focus area.

The potential for blue biotechnology of the Baltic Sea is recognised as significant. Yet it is immature and needs a strategic approach. The ALLIANCE systematically pooled the national capabilities aimed to empower research institutes, SMEs and business clusters to reach the critical mass required for action and global competitiveness of blue biotechnology from the Baltic Sea.

Budgets

ALLIANCE
in numbers
  • 3.39
    Million
    Total
  • 2.65
    Million
    Erdf
  • 0.00
    Million
    Eni + Russia
  • 0.00
    Million
    Norway

Achievements

Mentors to advance good ideas for blue biotechnology

The ALLIANCE built a network of mentors in the sector of blue biotechnology consisting of research and technology institutes, technology parks and innovation companies. All together they helped blue biotech ideas from different countries around the Baltic Sea become market-ready products by match-making companies to services, facilities and experts as if there were no borders.

Some smart ideas turned into products

A Danish company that cultivated kelp started developing a natural organic sunscreen extract from this seaweed with two mentor universities from Denmark and Sweden. An Estonian brand for natural cosmetics manufactured facial moisturizers with algae-based antioxidants in close collaboration with an Estonian biotechnology park and a German research and consulting company. A startup company from Lithuania working with mollusk shells for bone regeneration received support from Lithuanian, Swedish and Estonian technology parks on chemical analyses, contacts to raw material suppliers and business plan development.

A network to support biotech companies

Using the experiences of 25 successful cases like these, the partners developed a full-fledged service offer (including a business plan) to support companies in developing new marine biotechnology products and services. The service supports blue tech companies in communication and lobbying, scientific and technical inquiries, access to biological resources, legal advice, business and project development, monitoring and coaching. The business plan is operationalised by the follow-up project ALLIANCE+. The network initiated by the Interreg project ALLIANCE was set-up with EUR 2.65 million of support from the European Union, because it strengthens European integration and makes European regions more competitive.

Outputs

ALLIANCE integrated service offer for blue biotechnologie

This brochure depicts the services that the ALLIANCE network of experts in the blue biotechnology sector offers to start-ups, small and medium enterprises and academic institutions: connecting the right actors and resources throughout the BSR. This offer includes case mentoring, finding suitable partners, marketing, legal and financial advice.

ALLIANCE database for blue biotechnology

Here researchers from companies and institutes can find almost anything they need for their blue biotechnology research and product development, among others: laboratory equipment, laboratory surfaces, bacterial and fungal strains as well as marketing or product development specialists.

Project Stories

Partners

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel

  • Town
    Kiel
  • Region
    Kiel, Kreisfreie Stadt
  • Country
    Germany
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
405,954.70
54.322708510.135555

SUBMARINER Network for Blue Growth EEIG

  • Town
    Berlin
  • Region
    Berlin
  • Country
    Germany
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
408,162.50
52.517036513.3888599

BioCon Valley GmbH

  • Town
    Greifwald
  • Region
    Vorpommern-Greifswald
  • Country
    Germany
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
254,000.00
54.087346713.4269763

KTH, Royal Institute of Technology

  • Town
    Stockholm
  • Region
    Stockholms län
  • Country
    Sweden
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
310,000.00
59.325117218.0710935

University of Gothenburg

  • Town
    Strömstad
  • Region
    Västra Götalands län
  • Country
    Sweden
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
149,550.00
58.937756711.1736096

Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE)

  • Town
    Helsinki
  • Region
    Helsinki-Uusimaa
  • Country
    Finland
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
290,000.00
60.167488124.9427473

University of Gdańsk

  • Town
    Gdansk
  • Region
    Gdański
  • Country
    Poland
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
193,000.00
54.3611928518.62860883362069

Pomeranian Special Economic Zone Ltd.

  • Town
    Sopot
  • Region
    Trójmiejski
  • Country
    Poland
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
90,880.00
54.4419090518.54309444570447

Public institution Coastal Research and Planning Institute (CORPI)

  • Town
    Klaipeda
  • Region
    Klaipėdos apskritis
  • Country
    Lithuania
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
202,080.00
54.292469222.8131913

Danish Technological Institute

  • Town
    Taastrup
  • Region
    Københavns omegn
  • Country
    Denmark
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
230,000.00
55.652213612.292049

Klaipeda Science and Technology Park (KSTP)

  • Town
    Klaipeda
  • Region
    Klaipėdos apskritis
  • Country
    Lithuania
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
134,112.73
54.292469222.8131913

CleanTech Latvia

  • Town
    Riga
  • Region
    Rīga
  • Country
    Latvia
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
88,352.00
56.949397724.1051846

Tartu Biotechnology Park

  • Town
    Tartu
  • Region
    Lõuna-Eesti
  • Country
    Estonia
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
177,250.00
58.39564534999999526.630885501668523

Svanvid Sp. z o.o.

  • Town
    Gdansk
  • Region
    Gdański
  • Country
    Poland
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
100,000.00
53.303521419.9057132

Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS)

  • Town
    Oban
  • Region
    Lochaber, Skye & Lochalsh, Arran & Cumbrae and Argyll & Bute
  • Country
    United Kingdom
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
30,000.00
56.415695-5.4734688

CRM - Coastal Research & Management

  • Town
    Kiel
  • Region
    Kiel, Kreisfreie Stadt
  • Country
    Germany
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
100,000.00
54.322708510.135555

Biovento Sp.z o.o.

  • Town
    Gdansk
  • Region
    Gdański
  • Country
    Poland
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
25,000.00
53.303521419.9057132

JSC "Baltic Probiotics"

  • Town
    Rucavas novads, Rucavas pagasts
  • Region
    Kurzeme
  • Country
    Latvia
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
30,000.00
56.2165850521.23025597397316

Kalundborg Utility A/S

  • Town
    Kalundborg
  • Region
    Vest- og Sydsjælland
  • Country
    Denmark
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
25,000.00
55.683379311.0993619

Reserved partner: JSC Biome

  • Town
    Kaunas
  • Region
    Kauno apskritis
  • Country
    Lithuania
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
23,530.00
54.898213923.9044817

Reserved partner: Furcella Oü

  • Town
    Tallinn
  • Region
    Põhja-Eesti
  • Country
    Estonia
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
27,040.00
59.437215524.7453688

Reserved partner: Guldborgsund Municipality

  • Town
    Nykøbing Falster
  • Region
    Vest- og Sydsjælland
  • Country
    Denmark
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
23,400.00
54.764613711.8709918

Reserved partner: KosterAlg

  • Town
    Gothenburg
  • Region
    Västra Götalands län
  • Country
    Sweden
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
19,475.00
57.707232611.9670171

Reserved partner: SFTec Oy

  • Town
    Oulu
  • Region
    Pohjois-Pohjanmaa
  • Country
    Finland
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
23,850.00
65.011873425.4716809

Reserved partner: University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein - UKSH

  • Town
    Kiel
  • Region
    Kiel, Kreisfreie Stadt
  • Country
    Germany
Approximate total partner budget in EUR
24,265.35
54.322708510.135555

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