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MetGen receives John Sime Award for biotechnology 2018

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Finnish enzyme producer MetGen won the John Sime Innovation Award at the European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and the Bioeconomy (EFIB)

Recognised by their peers for their innovative bio-based solutions at the 11th Annual Forum for Industrial Biotechnology and the Bioeconomy (EFIB), Finland’s MetGen Oy received the coveted annual John Sime Award.

The John Sime Award for the best innovation presentation was received by Matti Heikkilä, CTO of Finnish company MetGen Oy from EuropaBio’s Secretary General, Joanna Dupont-Inglis and Toulouse White Biotechnology’s Founding Director Pierre Monsan in recognition of their pioneering work in designing enzymatic processes and solutions for industrial biorefineries. “We are honoured to be this year’s John Sime Award recipients,” says Heikkilä. “MetGen has collaboration written in our DNA: We always tailor the enzymatic solutions and licensed technologies to match the customer specific need. The winning technologies presented at EFIB are designed to solve value-chain-wide challenges, and they are developed in the spirit of open innovation. While the biggest thanks belong to MetGen’s team for coming up with these incredible technologies, we also owe a debt of deep gratitude to all the European collaboration partners who have shared our audacious visions and worked with us towards shared objectives. We believe, the only thing that a bioindustry revolution needs is more collaboration.”

Agnes Borg, Industrial Biotech Director at EuropaBio commented: “EFIB remains a key forum showcasing leading innovation in industrial biotechnology and the bioeconomy, and providing answers to key challenges. We are delighted to congratulate MetGen on their award and would also thank all the attendees, who together demonstrated that the drive towards building a circular bioeconomy in Europe is gathering real momentum.” 




About EFIB’s John Sime Award: Each year EFIB dedicates an award to John Sime who played a pivotal role in the early development of the Forum and to recognise his commitment both to the event and to the bioeconomy. John Sime’s own background as an R&D director for an SME ensured he was a keen advocate of new science and technology. To reflect this, an award is presented in his memory for the most innovative idea responding to societal and environmental challenges.

About EuropaBio: EuropaBio, the European Association for Bioindustries, promotes an innovative and dynamic European biotechnology industry. EuropaBio and its members are committed to the socially responsible use of biotechnology to improve quality of life, to prevent, diagnose, treat and cure diseases, to improve the quality and quantity of food and feedstuffs and to move towards a bio-based and zero-waste economy. EuropaBio represents 77 corporate and associate members and bio regions, and 15 national biotechnology associations in turn representing over 1800 biotech SMEs.


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