A panel of global industry heavyweights from across the bio-based sector have passed their verdicts and the shortlist for the Bio Market Insights Innovation Awards 2019 is here. Once again we received a wide variety of international entries, reflecting the growing breadth of our industry and what is has to offer. After much deliberation they were whittled down to the finalists. So, congratulations to those that have made shortlists, the winners will be announced on Tuesday 2 April at World Bio Markets 2019 in Amsterdam. So who is in with a chance of picking up a trophy next week?
Bio-Based Product of the Year.
A product currently available to purchase that is derived from plants or other renewable agricultural, marine, and forestry materials and provides an alternative to conventional petroleum derived products. For the purpose of the awards, bio-based products do not include food, animal feed or fuel. The key is how the product improves on one derived from petroleum, sustainability is not enough, our judges will be looking for developments in price, functionality and quality. Voted for by our judging panel.
Shortlist (in alphabetical order):
- ASICS – FlyteFoam Lyte
- Corbion and Green-Basilisk – SENTIALL for self-healing concrete.
- Goodfuels – BioOil
Bio-Based Chemical Innovation of the Year.
An innovation involving enzymes, platform or intermediate chemicals derived from biomass feedstocks, used to produce other chemicals. It can be a breakthrough development, a new method of production, a smarter development or a new technique. The key is the innovation and the ability to display a benefit and progress for the industry long-term. Voted for by our judging panel.
Shortlist (in alphabetical order):
- Biofibre – Eco Spacer
- MetGen – Lignin fractionation
- Microvi – MNE biocatalyst
Best use of alternative feedstocks.
The use will focus on research, development, demonstration and of course innovation. Normally more than just changing the raw materials, it can require new supply and preparation infrastructure, fresh growing and harvesting techniques, new chemical processing technologies or access to new partnerships. Voted for by our editorial panel.
Rewarding a consumer facing brand that has striven to make their supply chains greener in the past twelve months by replacing petro-based chemicals or materials with bio-based or sustainable alternatives. Voted for by our editorial panel.
Bio-based industry story of the year.
Voted for by you, our readers! Refresh your memory and read through 10 of the top stories that featured on Bio Market Insights News in 2018. Voted for by you, our readers.
Van T’Hoff Institute for molecular sciences poster of the year.
Academic posters from the University of Amsterdam’s HIMS department will be on display in the exhibition for you to see latest research projects, with the winner chosen by the university. Voted for by an onsite panel of experts.
Our independent judging panel:
- Dr Michaël Kolk, Partner at Arthur D. Little (ADL).
- Cynthia A. Phillips, Ph.D., Founder & CEO, Chief Creative Officer at The Disruptive Factory.
- Jo Anne Shatkin, Ph.D., President at Vireo Advisors, LLC.
- Bridgett Luther Co-Founder at The Disruptive Factory, and founder Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute.
- Marcel van Berkel, CEO, VanBerkel Consultancy.
Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Tuesday 2 April at World Bio Markets in Amsterdam. There are still limited tickets remaining so click here to find out how you can attend.
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