With applications in a broad variety of sectors, life sciences and biotechnology are main innovation drivers in the European Union. They lead to new growth and competitiveness in traditional sectors, such as paper and pulp and chemical industries (including the pharmaceutical industry), textile companies and many others.
In Horizon 2020, biotechnology was introduced as a Key Enabling Technology (KET), together with three other KETs : nanotechnologies, advanced materials, and advanced manufacturing and processing.
Research in biotechnology is supported under Horizon 2020 to exploit the current and future know-how and to boost technological innovation and industrial leadership in those sectors.
We want European Industries to maintain their global leadership position for the benefit of European citizens. In pursuit of these goals we focus on mission-oriented research towards life sciences, biotechnology and biochemistry for sustainable non-food products and processes.
26 April 2016
From plastic waste to plastic value using synthetic biology.
In September 2015, the European Commission organised a workshop to examine the ways to increase the impact of the biotechnology KET, by creating an Industrial Biotechnology community and explore the potential of clustering.