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Editorial | ProBIO - Newsletter 3 - November 2016 | Scoop.it

Welcome to the third edition of the ProBIO newsletter!

 

In its second year of activity, the ProBIO team is busy coaching KBBE projects to market uptake and guiding them through further research opportunities.

 

As our project has reached the maturity stage, our next step is to enlarge the pool of researchers who will benefit from our knowhow. Therefore ProBIO has produced a set of short videos on business plan writing, how attract investors and how exploit intellectual property in a business perspective – the topics most research project have asked our assistance for. These videos feature a mix of animations and interviews to key members of the ProBIO team; they are part of the ProBIO Business Stories, our online guide to the essentials on business plan writing. If you need to tackle business planning, or simply, wish to know more click here!

 

Last but not least: save the date for the ProBIO final conference, which will take place in Brussels in June 2017. Stay tuned and visit our website for more information!

 

The ProBIO team.

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A few things to remember when you develop a business plan

A few tips to someone developing a business plan.

An insight from Louise P. Mikkelsen, InvestorNet-Gate2Growth.

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The commercial advantage of patenting and IPR

Which commercial advantage does patenting give to a company? Is patenting always the best solution to guarantee the successful exploitation of intellectual property?

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Bioeconomy: the ideal mix to pave the way for investments

Bioeconomy: the ideal mix to pave the way for investments | ProBIO - Newsletter 3 - November 2016 | Scoop.it

Venture capitalists of course seek smart inventors and breakthrough products. But candidates with intellectual property and business skills are music to investors' ears

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Levelling food price volatility, while supporting the poor

Levelling food price volatility, while supporting the poor | ProBIO - Newsletter 3 - November 2016 | Scoop.it

Food crises leave the poor in desperation for a long time. To calm the dreadful effects of weather and climate disasters as well as food price volatility it is better if governments forget about managing prices and instead care for the poor, experts say

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Cellulose Workshop

Cellulose Workshop | ProBIO - Newsletter 3 - November 2016 | Scoop.it

This bi-annual workshop brings for the 7th time researchers and industry representatives together to present and discuss research results and trends in the field of Cellulose, Regenerated Cellulose and Cellulose Derivatives.

 

The BioLinX brokerage event is held in conjunction with the 7th workshop on cellulose. The brokerage event will offer insights from past and ongoing EU projects on the production, processing and application development for cellulose-based chemicals and materials.

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15 - 16 November 2016 - Örnsköldsvik, Sweden

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BiobasedWorld

BiobasedWorld | ProBIO - Newsletter 3 - November 2016 | Scoop.it

BiobasedWorld will bring together experts from all fields to exchange ideas and overcome topical borders. It's not specialized or restricted to a certain market sector, so be part of it and broaden your horizon.

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15 - 16 February 2016 - Cologne, Germany

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Focus on ProBIO Business Stories and videos

Focus on ProBIO Business Stories and videos | ProBIO - Newsletter 3 - November 2016 | Scoop.it

This month we speak to Elena Gaboardi at iCons, who looks after the communication of the ProBIO project. In October ProBIO is publishing three short videos and an online guide to Business plan for “non-experts”.

 

Why has ProBIO produced three short videos?

They are part of the project dissemination strategy, which is about increasing the outreach of ProBIO outside the network of research projects we are already coaching. We believe that our short videos with animation will serve this purpose, as they will be distributed via internet. Ultimately, they will be accessible to anyone who - like the projects we assist – wants to get familiar with the basics of market exploitation.

To whom are the ProBIO videos addressed?

They are mainly addressed to the community of bioeconomy researchers and individuals who look into taking their project results to the market. In ProBIO we have the opportunity to speak with many people who see some market potential in their research outcomes, but do not have any business background. This lack of knowledge can be off-putting for some of them, who eventually may be tempted to give up. We want to stop this from happening: our message is that the development of a business plan is not that complicated and anybody can give it a go.

Why have you focussed on business plan writing?

Because it is the area where ProBIO intervention has been most frequently requested. Admittedly, too many participants in KBBE projects are daunted when it comes to business plan writing: all we want is to reassure them and give them hints which hopefully will help them overcome this barrier. We know that a video or an online guide are not enough, but we hope these channels will encourage someone to look into exploitation in a different perspective.

And what about Intellectual Property Rights?

IPRs usually are the main other obstacle to exploitation. Too many projects state that IPR and the “legal element” often get in the way to market exploitation. Through our video, we give simple but basic tips to shed some light on this subject which too many see as obscure and intimidating.

The ProBIO videos come along ProBIO business Stories, a guide to business plan writing. Why have you published such guide?

We wanted to put our videos in context and take them as an opportunity to give non experts an overview of the main contents and things to bear in mind when tackling a business plan. Of course, our online guide is not meant to be exhaustive: it is more a starting point to encourage people to know more.

Are your videos and guide to business plan uniquely addressed to the community of bioeconomy researchers?

Not really, the guidelines and tips we give apply to all circumstances: anybody who wants to transform its ideas into a product to sell should get good hints from them, and hopefully should feel encouraged to “brave the market”.

How can we view the videos and the ProBIO Business Stories?

They are accessible from the ProBIO website at this link.

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Things to be mindful of when attracting investors

What are the things to be mindful of when dealing with investors? Which key aspects investors need to now from a business plan? An insight from Louise P. Mikkelsen, InvestorNet-Gate2Growth

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Do microbes control our mood?

Do microbes control our mood? | ProBIO - Newsletter 3 - November 2016 | Scoop.it

Research on gut bacteria may change the way we look at anxiety, depression, and behavioural disorders

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12th Euro
Biotechnology Congress

12th Euro<br/>Biotechnology Congress | ProBIO - Newsletter 3 - November 2016 | Scoop.it

Conferenceseries LLC orgenises the 12th Euro Biotechnology Congress and invites all the participants who are interested in sharing their knowledge and research in the arena of Biotechnology and its applications with the theme "Novel Trends and Advances in Biotechnology for the Benefit of Mankind"

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7 - 9 November 2016 - Alicante, Spain

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11th European Bioplastics Conferenc

11th European Bioplastics Conferenc | ProBIO - Newsletter 3 - November 2016 | Scoop.it

Every year the European Bioplastics Conference features a well-researched conference programme, an impressive speaker line-up, a highly popular product exhibition, and lots of social networking events, attracting more than 350 senior bioplastics decision makers from across the bioplastics value chain, policy bodies, NGOs, and brand owners.

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29 - 30 November 2016 - Berlin, Germany, Steigenberger Hotel Berlin Platinum

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