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BIG-C (BioInnovation Growth mega-Cluster)

In 2014, 10 leading public-private organisations in biobased innovation of North Rhein Westphalia, The Netherlands and Flanders launched BIG-C, the BIO-Innovation Growth mega-Cluster, as the integrating organisation for current and future biobased initiatives. The initiative was taken by CLIB2021 (NRW), BE-Basic (NL) and FISCH (Flanders).

The Bio Innovation Growth mega-Cluster (BIG-C) is the cross-border Smart Specialization initiative aiming at transforming Europe’s industrial mega cluster in the Belgium region of Flanders, The Netherlands and the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia into the global leader of biobased innovation growth. Due to its excellent position in the 4 Pillars of Competitiveness being institutions, infrastructure, macroeconomics and education the mega cluster, also known as Antwerpen-Rotterdam-Rhine-Ruhr (ARRR), has for decades been a powerhouse of industrial innovation in the chemistry sector. BIG-C proposes to join forces in moving towards renewable resources. By leveraging the ARRR in facing the upcoming transition towards the bio-economy, prosperity is secured and the most relevant societal challenges of industrial employment, raw material scarcity and climate change are addressed. Building on existing national and regional strengths and biobased initiatives BIG-C will drive and leverage the national programs regarding for instance the Smart Specialisation Strategies as well as the European Horizon2020 strategy through workable and ready-to implement sustainable flagship value chains. BIG-C will create the foundations to use so far neglected resources to produce chemicals up to consumer products and energy carriers in a cascading valorization process. Through implementing bio innovations it will fundamentally shift the base of our daily life from fossil to biobased and other renewable resources. At the same time BIG-C will strengthen the economy building on and further developing the 4 Pillars of Competiveness by Smart Specialization.

 

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Contact Sandra Ransdorp for more information about the BE-Basic collaboration with BIG-C.

 

  • Delft University of Technology
  • BioDetection Systems B.V.
  • MicCell Bioservices
  • Bioclear earth
  • Food & Biobased Research
  • VU University Amsterdam
  • Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW)
  • Corbion Purac
  • Utrecht University
  • Maastricht University
  • Synthon
  • DSM
  • Microdish BV
  • Wageningen UR
  • AkzoNobel
  • Deltares
  • MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology
  • University of Amsterdam
  • University of Groningen
  • Radboud University Nijmegen
  • TU Dortmund
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
  • Microlife Solutions
  • Essent New Energy B.V.
  • Amyris, Inc.
  • Imperial College London
  • ClearDetections
  • Soil Cares Research
  • Dyadic
  • Friesland Campina
  • Delft Advanced Biorenewables
  • Basidiofactory
  • Chr. Hansen
  • NIZO food research B.V.
  • Tertium
  • Stichting Natuur en Milieu
  • ECN
  • Leiden University
  • Platform Bio-Energie
  • CSK Food Enrichment
  • Bioprocess Pilot Facility
  • SkyNRG
  • Zirk Technology
  • Procede Group
  • ChainCraft