12 partners from 7 different countries will collaborate to define innovative and sustainable industrial processes for the production of biochemicals from renewable sources.

Novara, 27 February 2014 - Opening new industrial routes for the production of important chemicals from renewable sources rather than traditional petrochemical sources: this, in summary, is the aim of the BIO-QED project, financed by the European Union as part of the Seventh Framework Programme, involving 10 partners from 6 European countries (Italy, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Croatia and Spain).

The project, which will last for 4 years, was officially launched on 1 January 2014. On 25 February Novamont hosted the initiative’s kick-off meeting, which was attended by all partners, leading companies from industry and European research, namely Fraunhofer Institut, Nova-Institut, Cargill, Lubrizol, Rina, TNO, Miplast, Patentopolis, VLCI, Itaconix and Mater-Biotech.

BIO-QED fits perfectly with the EU’s Bioeconomy strategy, which is intended to guide the European economic system towards a broader and more sustainable use of resources, reconciling the requirements of agriculture and food safety with the sustainable use of renewable sources for industrial purposes. It will concentrate on the sustainable upscaling of the production of itaconic acid and butanediol.

The BioQED consortium is happy to introduce two new members to the consortium VLCI from the Netherlands and Itaconix from the USA. Here are some short introductions of the companies and their role in the BioQED project…


“Itaconix Corporation is the world leader in polymers from itaconic acid. We produce polymers that achieve three essential objectives — safety, performance, and sustainability.

Combining the versatile chemistry of itaconic acid with our breakthrough economics, we have rapidly advanced through well-staged development of our proprietary, commercially-proven technology to build a deep pipeline of polymers that compete on unique functionality and cost advantages in home care, personal care, industrial, geotechnical, agricultural, and surface coating applications.

Our polymers are used in a growing number of consumer and industrial products to reduce cost, improve performance, and reduce impact on the environment. We make polymers for better living.”


“Van Loon Chemical Innovations (VLCI) provides boosting R&D services to the formulation industry, like paint & coatings, personal/beauty care, household and polymers. A creative company, performing innovative R&D services with a practical approach since 2008. VLCI is the unique formulation centre which combines applied formulation science with High Throughput (HT) screening on project basis. By combining broad knowledge/experience and HT, VLCI can generate new and improved products in a shorter time for their worldwide customers.
VLCI can contribute to WP 5 in order to perform the synthesis (polymers and modifications) via HT with Itaconic acid which can lead to existing and novel raw materials like rheology modifiers, surfactants/dispersants, humectants, coalescents and binders for coatings, adhesives and personal care. With these raw materials, the formulations can be prepared as well via HT, which then can be tested on performance (manual or via HT later on). Several guide formulations are available, and specific modifications and formulations will be made for fulfilling partners’ requirements and increase their potential business. These guide formulations can also be used as a quality check during the various up-scale steps in WP 1 to 4. The performance testing results, like on rheology, barrier, etc. can then be used to adjust the processing, modify itaconic acid synthesis or the formulations.”


Next Event:

General assembly meeting of the Bio-QED consortium at Lubrizol in Spain (November 30th and December 1st, 2016)