Sector | Marine sector Blue biotechnology

Businesses active in blue biotechnology will find an answer here to “what can ILVO do for me?”. You’ll get a brief overview of relevant expertise, analyses, infrastructure, and the professional approach that characterizes ILVO. You can contact the Marine Living Lab for specific services and questions regarding possible collaborations.

What does ILVO do?

How does ILVO work?

ILVO strives for optimal use of the resources of the sea, with maximum added value, and far-reaching sustainability in the chain. Together with you, ILVO searches for useful biomass and derived biomolecules in applications for food and feed, as well as the pharmaceutical and plastics industries. This requires an in-depth partnership, in co-creation with our researchers and technicians.

Your point of contact: Marine Living Lab

ILVO’s Marine Living Lab strives for accelerated and sustainable innovation in the blue sectors, according to the principle of co-creation. ILVO listens to you, analyzes your question or challenge, and – together with you – searches for a (high-tech) solution and a concrete project, as well as suitable partners and funding. ILVO scientifically follows up on the implementation of the joint project.

Vision: optimal but sustainable use of marine products

From catch or cultivation to consumption: ILVO strives for an optimal use of the rich marine resources, with maximum added value and a deep commitment to sustainability in the chain. This ranges from well-known and popular food products such as sole, cod and shrimp to new products such as seaweed and purified derived molecules such as chitin, used outside the food sector. This ambition requires a thorough collaboration between researchers and entrepreneurs via co-creation.

Your ILVO guarantee

  • Scientifically substantiated solutions
  • Individual and/or co-creative supervision of innovation trajectories
  • Confidential handling of your question
  • Clearly interpretable results that can be used in daily practice
  • Technological support for various business processes

Specialized research infrastructure

Wide network

ILVO is an active member of The Blue Cluster and of the Covenant for a Sustainable Fishing Industry (NL). On an international level, ILVO works closely with ICES, the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea.

All ILVO expertises at your service

ILVO works in an interdisciplinary fashion and has a network of living labs that work closely together. A problem or question is therefore examined from many different angles by ILVO experts from different disciplines. This is guaranteed by ILVO's broad and systematic approach, together with the typical openness of the ILVO culture.

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