Around 200 representatives of companies and knowledge centers of the biotechnology, agri-food and biomass sectors will meet this Friday, November 22 at the Agrobiotech Innovation Fest, a biennial event that reaches its third edition with a completely renewed format and which will take place again in the Parque Tecnolóxico de Galicia-Tecnópole, in San Cibrao das Viñas (Ourense).
The meeting is part of the Agrobiotech Innovation Program, promoted by the Ministry of Economy, Emprego and Industry through the Axencia Galega de Innovación (GAIN) and Tecnópole. Through individualized training and advice actions, 11 companies throughout Galicia improved their capabilities to consolidate their business model thanks to this business acceleration program.
This Friday, these SMEs will showcase their innovative products throughout the day at their stands and give workshops to make them known in depth. Quality control of textile, food and biomedical products; Drug discovery, new approaches to cancer through liquid biopsy and obtaining biotoxins and algae extracts focus the proposals of companies in the biotechnology sector. In the case of agri-food SMEs, they will present solutions for hydroponic cultivation of vegetables, the manufacture of dairy products of high added value, the production of dehydrated food and the technology of sensory intelligence for tasting. With regard to biomass, new quality control systems of pellets, vegetable and nutraceutical sponges obtained from mushrooms grown on wood will star in their stands.
Knowledge and new ways of business
The event is designed to share knowledge about the latest trends and innovations in the three reference sectors, for which a large team of experts will present success stories and experiences on the development of innovative foods, biotechnology versus industrial innovation and circular economy In the round tables, which will be moderated by representatives of the Galician food and biotechnology clusters and the Axencia Galega da Industria Forestal (XERA) – dependent on the Xunta de Galicia -, reference companies such as Pascual, CAPSA, Biochemize will participate and Natac Group.
The afternoon session will focus on the so-called “dialectical combats”, in which representatives of companies in leadership positions will defend different approaches on current issues in pairs. Nueva Pescanova, FINSA, Cooperativas Lácteas Unidas (CLUN), Cafés Candelas, Galchimia, Quescrem, Bialactis, Ecoplas, Qubiotech and Real Conservera Española will face in five fights on innovation in large companies versus SMEs, financing through venture capital against that from business angels, internationalization versus consolidation in the local market, gourmet products versus functional foods and internal R&D or in collaboration between companies.
In order to favor direct contact, an agenda of bilateral meetings will be scheduled according to the interests of the participants.