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Networks dynamize added value

Technology-driven innovation cycles are becoming shorter and shorter. This is concurrent with rapidly changing consumer wishes. Sustainable production and the goal of keeping raw materials within a value chain for as long as possible and creating closed-loop material cycles have become key factors for corporate strategy planning.

More than ever, successful corporate action calls for dynamic networks that develop ideas and can bring products to market quickly and efficiently.

“We are witnessing an increasingly networked and cooperative interplay between different technology approaches and scientific skills on the one hand and the large ingredients and consumer goods industries on the other.”

Dr. Jürgen Eck
Member of the founding team of BRAIN AG
BRAIN meeting in office

Networks are part of BRAIN’s DNA

The networking and open innovation concept that is widely practiced within the field of academic research is literally part of the DNA of BRAIN, which began life as a university-based start-up.

A key component of the work performed by BRAIN’s scientists is engage in an exchange of the latest insights into highly specialized subject areas with scientists at international research institutes. In some cases, the industrial applications of these findings will only come to fruition in the distant future.

BRAIN is regularly present at international trade shows and conferences in order to engage in industrial networking, explore the market and customer needs, and to present its own products and offers of cooperation.

Strategic alliances create innovation

Scientific and technical challenges can best be tackled by interdisciplinary teams, as is shown by the NatLifE 2020 and ZeroCarbFP alliances which BRAIN coordinates.

BRAIN NatLifE 2020, Laboratory Microscope

NatLifE 2020

Since 2013, the Natural Life Excellence Network 2020 that is supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has been working to develop sustainable production processes and new test systems for innovative bioactive ingredients, proteins and small molecules for the food and cosmetics industries. Both NatLifE 2020 and ZeroCarbFP are subdivided into a research, a development and a pilot phase of three years each.

BRAIN Zerocarb FP, CO2 conversion
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ZeroCarb FP

The ZeroCarbonFootPrint alliance supported by BMBF aims to transform residual and waste streams into new valuable materials that can be put to industrial use. These are bio-based additives for manufacturing high-tech oils or functional biomass for sustainable ore processing and metal recycling processes. The aim is to establish intelligent material cycles that keep the utilized resources within a value chain after their primary use.

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