The future of CARBAFIN’s glycosylation technology in industrial production processes

Satellite workshop 2021

5 October 2021, 14:30 - 17:30 CET


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.

With respect to circular economy and the use of renewable feedstocks, the European project CARBAFIN has developed a radically new value chain for the utilization of sucrose from sugar beet biomass. Functional glycosides (eg for prebiotics or cosmetics) or platform chemicals (eg for bioplastics, biofuels or biopolymers) are important product examples and open new and economically relevant perspectives for the European sugar industry to several industrial sectors. Biocatalytic production processes were elevated to an industrial level using an integrated process design approach accompanied by environmental and economic evaluation.

In this satellite stakeholder workshop the replication potential of this glycosylation technology was discussed and the opportunities thereof in different industriesexplored: Representatives from the cosmetic, food, feed, pharma or (bulk) chemical industry as well as scientists we welcomed to identify new solutions for a bio-based re-industrialization in Europe and to discuss new ways of valorization.

14:30 – 15:10 CET

Introduction to the CARBAFIN technology

Highlights from process design & development
Dr. Christiane Luley, acib GmbH, CARBAFIN Coordinator

Business cases of CARBAFIN products
Dr. Thomas Hässler, Pfeifer & Langen
Dr. Steven Koenig, bitop AG
Dr. Stefan Krawielitzki, AVA Biochem

15:10 – 15:40 CET

Stakeholder insights from Food/Feed, Cosmetics and Chemical Industry

Functional carbohydrates in food application – A holistic view from the industry
Dr. Michael Merz, Nestlé Research Lausanne
The enzymatic creation of fat mimics
Dr. Ronny Vercauteren, Cargill
Glycosylation & Ingredients design
Dr. Régis Marchand, SEPPIC

15:40 – 16:00 CET

Podium Discussion

16:00 – 16:15 CET

Coffee Break & Networking

16:15 – 17:15 CET

Interactive World Café: Exchange of views

  • CARBAFIN has developed a platform glycosylation technology for the production of high value added compounds from sugar beet biomass. What do you think is the potential for replication of this technology? What are the chances, what are the risks of creating such new value chains?
  • Which life-cycle assessment approaches are relevant for the implementation of new technologies for a circular bioeconomy? What should be considered, what are the “must- haves”?
  • What do you expect when you participate in EU projects like CARBAFIN? What is in for industry? What is required to take up project results and adapt current processes according to project outcomes?
17:15 – 17:30 CET

Presentation Main Findings World Café

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