Great Success of "Parent" Project P4SB!

| By Jacqueline Plaster & Leon Kirschgens

Great News: The parent or predecessor project P4SB has been selected as top ten biotech projects supported by the EU Commission. KETBIO offers a great platform for knowledge exchange, networking and possible partnerships for all players in the European bio-economy. With MIX-UP it should continue.


The mission of KETBIO is to bring the biotechnology community together in a lively and interactive forum. KETBIO thus offers a platform to identify Europe's most innovative results in biotechnological research and to accelerate the market acceptance of projects by bringing together project participants and interested parties. If you are involved in a publicly funded project, you can achieve greater reach if you publish your project. There is also the possibility of having your own project evaluated by an expert - how much market potential does my project actually have? Interested industry experts are also in good hands here: At KETBIO, they can screen different projects and get in contact with the knowledge owners. You can find more information in their KETBIO PARADE.

The aim of KETBIO is to identify and review EU-funded KET biotechnology projects in the following priority areas:

  • Novel sources of biomass and bio-products
  • Marine and fresh-water biotechnology
  • Industrial biotechnology: added value bio-products and bio-processes
  • Bio-refining
  • Environmental biotechnology
  • Emerging trends in biotechnology

The projects are then evaluated by a panel of experts.

Who is the best? KETBIO Parade

The parent or predecessor project P4SB has been selected as top ten biotech projects supported by the EU Commission.

The goal of P4SB was the biotransformation of PET and PU into sustainable, value-adding materials, such as the biodegradable plastic PHA (polyhydroxyalkanoates).

The main objective of P4SB is the biotransformation of non-sustainable plastic waste (e.g. polyethylene terephthalate and polyurethane) into sustainable, value-adding alternative materials such as biodegradable plastic polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) through enzymatic treatment and the bacterium Pseudomonas Putida. Our follow-up project MIX-UP, in which, fortunately, many partners of the parent project are again involved, goes one step further: MIX-UP uses mixed bacteria, i.e. different strains and mixed enzymes. The goal is to convert mixed plastics, i.e. not only PET and PU, into new value-adding biomaterials. The different plastics are fed into an enzyme reactor, where they are fed to the microbes. The basic building blocks of the plastics can be converted into value-adding products through their metabolism. Marine litter, i.e. plastic that has already found its way into the sea, is also to be upcycled in this way. In addition, European and Chinese research institutions are working together in the MIX-UP project, i.e. the two largest plastics producers in the world.


We do our best to make MIX-UP as successful as it is. Cross your fingers for us!