acib GmbH

EFIB Stakeholder Profile

Company/Organisation type: Academic / Research Institutes

Focus area/active in: 

  • Animal Feed & Additives
  • Bio-based Chemistry
  • Bio-based Materials
  • Biorefinery / Pilot Plant
  • Cell-based Meat Alternative
  • Enzyme Technologies & Bioprocesses
  • Feedstock / Biomass
  • Food / Nutrition / Ingredients
  • Personal Care (e.g. cosmetics)
  • Plastics
  • Platform / Conversion Technologies
  • Production Processes / Manufacturing


The Austrian Centre of Industrial Biotechnology (acib) is an international competence centre specialising on bridging the gap between academic and industrial research. With approximately 200 of our own employees and expertise from our Austrian University partners, acib offers a multi-disciplinary team of experts in the fields of biocatalysis, enzyme technology, protein engineering, (bio)polymers, metabolic modelling, bioprocess engineering, synthetic biology and cell engineering. acib is located in Austria and has labs in Vienna, Graz, Tulln, and Innsbruck. An interdisciplinary team is working together with various company and scientific partners on new methods for a better application of biotechnology for industrial purposes. acib acts as a hub between the academic scientific expertise and the industrial needs. acib coordinates/d and participates/d successfully in several EU projects, being CARBAFIN one of them. The overall objective of CARBAFIN is to develop a radically new value chain for the utilization of surplus sugar beet biomass in the EU. CARBAFIN makes use of this resource for the production of functional glycosides (useful for prebiotics, cosmetics etc.) and platform chemicals (e.g for bioplastics, biopolymers or biofuels). The central technology for the conversion of sugar (sucrose) is the use of glycoside phosphorylase, a highly active and robust enzyme for linking sugar molecules to another compound. This glycosylation process will be optimized within cell factories and linked to an efficient downstream processing. Subsequently, the processes will be evaluated for large-scale applications. Therefore, CARBAFIN will contribute to a bio-based re-industrialization in Europe by demonstrating economic viability of glycosylation processes based on sucrose (with parallel fructose valorization). The project intends to bridge the gap between lab scale feasibility studies and competitive market introduction for innovative bio-based products. CARABFIN is a H2020 innovation action, and received funding from the European Union’s Horizin 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 761030.


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Short explanatory about acib’s project CARBAFIN about the generation of new value chains by using sugar beet biomass.

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Take part in this workshop, organised by the partners of the EU project CARBAFIN to discuss, the replication potential of this glycosylation technology with representatives from the cosmetic, food, feed, pharma or (bulk) chemical industry as well as scientists .

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New ways of using sugar beet biomass

In an interview, CARBAFIN coordinator Christiane Luley from acib GmbH discusses the industrial potential of the project‘s glycolisation approach and why it offers new industrial application opportunities for the food, chemical and cosmetics industry.

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