CSM, Royal DSM and Delft University Form a JV for Next Generation Bioprocess Research
- May 16, 2012
CSM, Royal DSM and Delft University of Technology are participating in a joint venture for
bioprocess research. The new company Bioprocess Pilot Facility BV (BPF) is based in Delft
and aims at scale-up research and education for next generation bioprocesses. The official
opening of the facility was on May 15, 2012.
In this facility process development research can be facilitated in the entire field of biomass
pre-processing, biomass pre-treatment, fermentation and downstream processing. The set
up of this facility starts with equipment already existing on the site of DSM, which will be
brought in into the Joint Venture. Additional equipment and facilities, especially related to
the pre-treatment of biomass, will be implemented in the coming 12-18 months.
The BPF is an open access facility where other companies, universities, institutes etc. can
execute their scale-up research on bioprocesses. CSM, DSM and Delft University of
Technology have decided to join forces in order to obtain a world class facility to test new
bioprocesses in the scaling-up from laboratory and pilot plant to industrial size.
Eric Roos, the newly appointed director of the BPF says: "The BPF is a unique facility which
enables companies, researchers and educational organizations around the world to test their
new bioprocesses on such a scale that they can make the step to an industrial facility."
The Bioprocess Pilot Facility is financially supported by the European Union, The Dutch
Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation, the Province of South Holland and
the Municipalities of Rotterdam, Delft and The Hague.
Mr Gerard Hoetmer (CEO CSM), Mr Feike Sijbesma (CEO DSM) and Mr DirkJan van den Berg
(President of the Technical University of Delft) stressed the importance of this top quality research
facility in The Netherlands, especially in view of the opportunities that the innovative and sustainable
bio- and knowledge-based-economy is providing to The Netherlands.
Also Mr Chris Buijink, Secretary General of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and
Innovation underpinned that this research facility is exactly in the core of the innovation spearheads
(Top Sectoren) of the Dutch innovation policy.
CSM is the leading player in its sectors worldwide; the largest supplier of bakery products and a leading player in natural food preservation and green chemicals. Their market position is driven by a powerful ambition: driving their customer's success. CSM has the size, knowledge and (financial) resources, required to invest in innovation and services at one hand, and driving efficiencies at the other hand.
CSM has 9,700 employees, serving customers in 28 countries all over the world, generating annual sales of nearly €3 billion.
Royal DSM N.V. is a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials. By connecting its unique competences in Life Sciences and Materials Sciences DSM is driving economic prosperity, environmental progress and social advances to create sustainable value for all stakeholders.
TU Delft collaborates with a large number of other educational and research institutes within the Netherlands and abroad and has a reputation for high-quality teaching and research. TU Delft has extensive contacts with governments, trade organisations, consultancies, the industry and small and medium-sized companies.
This document was provided by SpecialChem's editor. If you want to share your press
release, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
SpecialChem reserves the right to refuse any article or news item.