About Cinbios

Who are we?

The Industrial Biotechnology networking programme CINBIOS is a common initiative of FlandersBio, Ghent Bio-Economy Valley and essenscia, representing the major Flemish stakeholders in the field of industrial biotechnology. Flanders is perfectly equipped to play a significant international role in this sector, which is bound to drive the knowledge-intensive bio-based economy of the future.

Flanders only comprises 13,500 km2 but houses about 134 companies with biotech activities (118 have R&D activities). In these life sciences companies, over 13,000 employees are active. Almost half of the companies are related to health care (=red biotech), 12% have agricultural (=green biotech) and 20% have industrial biotech activities (=white biotech) and about 20% are biotech R&D service providers.

  • Medical biotech: Focus on health care: from diagnostics to therapeutics
  • Agricutural biotech: Focus on sustainable agriculture: from marker assisted breeding to genetic modification of crops
  • Industrial biotech: Focus on bioprocessing technologies for production: from enzymes to chemicals, biobased materials and biofuels

Our offer

Are you looking for expertise in the biobased economy in general or industrial biotechnology in specific? Or are you looking for a partner to set up a new innovation trajectory or project?
We can help you by finding the right expertise or partner for you.

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Our mission

CINBIOS is a joint initiative of FlandersBio, Ghent Bio-Energy Valley and essenscia vlaanderen and is financially supported by the Flemish Government through IWT Vlaanderen. CINBIOS provides an essential link between companies from various industrial sectors, and between these companies and the knowledge centers (universities, colleges and research institutions) working in the field of industrial biotechnology.


CINBIOS focuses on the development of new bio-based concepts and solutions for the chemical, pharmaceutical, textile, agro, food, environmental, energy and other sectors. It aims to support innovation in these sectors by:

  •     Centralizing and providing access to nationally and internationally available scientific information and technological know-how.
  •     Starting up problem-driven research projects within the CINBIOS working groups. At first, the focus will be on the following five areas: plastics & biopolymers, bio-catalysis & fermentation, 2nd-generation biofuels, bio-based chemicals and micro-algae.
  •     Promoting the broad commercialization of the available academic and industrial knowledge and expertise in industrial biotechnology.
CINBIOS wants to strengthen the position of Flanders internationally as an industrial biotech region.

What is a biobased economy?

The bio-based economy uses renewable resources for industrial purposes. This emerging economy relies on the use of organic material (e.g. plants, waste) as renewable raw material for the production of new or existing products. Currently, the bio-based economy is mostly known due to its contributions in paper and cardboard production, furniture, energy and bulk chemicals market. These include fuels (ethanol, biodiesel), electricity (e.g. burning of biomass, biogas) and heat (eg wood pellets), or plastics (eg PLA, PE or starch-based) and are currently produced on a commercial scale. However, other lower volume markets connected with the bio-based economy include detergents, materials, fragrances, enzymes, cosmetics, food/feed ingredients, non-bulk chemicals, pharma and are generally less developed.

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