Florent Allais and the URD ABI team wish you all a very happy, prosperous and productive New Year!
The H2020 BBI Flagship RESOLUTE was granted by the European Commission in December 2019. This project dedicated to the establishment of a Cyrene production plant at Golbey in Grand EST Region will start in 2020. It brings together different key academic and industrial actors such as Merck, Circa as well as URD ABI. URD ABI will be in charge of the scale up of our in-house biotechnological pathway to Cyrene from lab scale to 20 Liters fermenter.
Full list of partners: Circa Sustainable Chemicals (UK, BE), Merck KgaA Darmstadt (DE), Norske Skog Golbey (FR), IAR (FR), Will & Co (NL), University of York (UK), Talga Resources (DE), Huntsman Specialty Chemicals (CH), CPL (UK), AgroParisTech (FR), PNO Consultants (FR), PFA (BE)
We are honored and happy to announce the appointment of Prof. Florent Allais as a Courtesy Associate Professor at the Department of Chemistry of the University of Florida.
We are happy to announce the election of Prof. Florent Allais as Associate Member of the INTERDIVISIONAL COMMITTEE ON GREEN CHEMISTRY FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT (ICGCSD) at IUPAC.
The whole team was looking forward to discovering what was planned for the team building exercise. We were not disappointed as Gaëlle, Julien, Louis and Maxime prepared a great collaborative escape game for us. The atmosphere was great and everyone found the key to the riddle to dismantle the bomb that was hidden in the CEBB. After this breathtaking escape game, we all gathered at the restaurant to celebrate Christmas !
The launch event of the AgriWasteValue Interreg North-West Europe project was held on Wednesday, 11th of December 2019 at the Domaine Chant d’Eole, close to the city of Mons, Belgium.
The project, coordinated by URD-ABI AgroParisTech, aims to transform agricultural by-products and residues into bioactive compounds used in key industrial sectors such as comestic, nutraceutic and energy.
The very first promising results were presented in front of an audience of sixty people (academics, enterprises, growers and journalists) and the day ended up with a cutting demo in the Chant d’Eole vineyard..
URD ABI was at SINAL Exhibition, a professional meeting dedicated to biobased molecules and products. It was a great opportunity for our business development manager, Kévin Magnien, to meet new potential partners, especially for two of the four ABI’s business units (“biomaterials and biopolymers” and “building blocks and fine chemicals”). ABI shared a booth with its CEBB partners, URCA, CentraleSupélec and Neoma BS.
It is with great honor and pleasure that we announce the appointment of Prof. Gil Garnier (from Monash University) as an Invited Professor at AgroParisTech and his affiliation with the URD ABI - AgroParisTech
Gil, welcome to the ABI family!
In November, the Plant BioProTech Symposium was held in Marrakech. This event, organized by the IRA, RIBP (URCA) and INRA Morocco, was an opportunity for participants to discuss about plant bioprotection.
On this occasion, Julien Couvreur, engineer in biotechnology, presented the EnzyTurf project, a collaboration between Soufflet and URD ABI, dealing with a novel enzymatic and eco-friendly solution of dethatching to maintain sport field.
Pr. Florent Allais participated in the roundtable discussion on the promotion of renewable carbon and academic /industrial partnerships during the Plant Industry technical day organized by the "Agrosciences, environment, biotechnologies and bioeconomy" cluster. It was an excellent opportunity to discuss and debate with ABI partners such as FARE, European Biomass, the IAR cluster, the RIBP team and RITTMO Agroenvironment.”
It is with great honor and pleasure that we announce the appointment of Professor John Warner, father of Green Chemistry with Prof. Paul Anastas, as an Invited Professor at AgroParisTech and his affiliation with the URD ABI – AgroParisTech. John, welcome to the ABI family!
During three days at the University of Warwick campus, each BoostCrop partner presented its preliminary results to the consortium. URD ABI’s work on the synthesis of novel phenolic and heterocyclic “molecular heaters” were presented by Benjamin Rioux and Florent Allais. They showcased the green syntheses of various new families of molecules exhibiting exciting properties. The interest of our partners in these molecules led to fruitful discussions.
On November, 5th CEBB organized a technical day on Eco-extraction with industrials and universities. Eco-extraction is based on the discovery and design of extraction processes to reduce energy consumption, use alternative solvents and favor renewable plant resources, to produce molecules with high added value. It was a great opportunity for ABI to present its research as part of the Agriwastevalue Interreg project. Valentin Reungoat, graduate student from ABI in collaboration with Extractis, presented his first results on sinapine extraction.
URD ABI appoints Julien Couvreur, an engineer at URD ABI, as Sustainable development and Societal responsibility officer to ensure the proper application of AgroParisTech’s global environmental and societal policy at the local level.
December 11, 2019 Domaine du Chant d'Eole, Grand Route 58, 7040 Quévy-le-Grand (Belgium)
On Wednesday, 11th December, AgriWasteValue consortium invites you to the kick-off of the project. The AgriWasteValue project aims to transform agricultural by-products and residues from the European North-West regions into bioactive compounds in order to use them in key industrial sectors such as the cosmetic and nutraceutical fields.
Don't hesitate to register for this free event to discover an international and on-trend research!
- 10:00am Welcome of participants
- 10:30am Presentation of the project, Cédric Peyrot and Clémence Rotolo, AgroParisTech Innovation
- 11:00am Presentation of the screening work in extraction and some target molecules
- 11:00am Discovery of new antiparasitic compounds from temperate tree barks, Pierre Darme, University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne
- 11:20am Investigation of bioactive components from apple, grape and pear agricultural residues, Job Tchoumtchoua, Celabor
- 11:40am Where to get this raw material locally?, Cor Van Oers, Delphy and Pierre-Louis Bombeck, ValBiom asbl
- 12pm Lunch and networking
- 1:30pm Intervention of Roquette, global leader in plant-based ingredients and pioneer of new vegetal proteins in the cosmetic and nutraceutical fields.
- 2:00pm Presentation of the Chant d'Eole's vineyard
- 2:20pm Visit of the vineyard and demonstration for pruning and tasting (in French or English)
- 3:30pm Meeting with project partners
- 4:30pm End of the event
Pr. Robert Mathers presented his research works on the evaluation of the hydrophobicity of (macro)molecules. The terms hydrophobic and hydrophilic find numerous uses throughout many disciplines of science. Indeed, these concepts provide a framework for understanding a variety of physical phenomena in chemistry, biochemistry, and polymer science. Generally, the notion of hydrophobicity is intuitively recognized, but often difficult to quantify prior to experiments. Inspired by advances in the fields of medicinal and physical chemistry as well as Molecular Dynamics (MD) Simulations, this presentation will examine efforts to create a unified method to predict and tailor the hydrophobicity of macromolecular structures using computational partition coefficients (LogP).
On October, 17th Pr. Florent Allais gave a talk on how wood can be transformed into high value added chemicals, polymers and materials as part of a round table during the 1st Accélérateur PME/ETI filière bois co-organized by CSF Bois, French Ministry of Agriculture, Interprofession France Bois Forêt and CODIFAB.
On October, 15th URD ABI and ICMR (URCA) presented the AgriWasteValue Interreg project at the event organized by the Comité Champagne in Epernay. The day was devoted to vine wood and the relationship between pruning or grubbing-up service providers and solution providers. This event was also an opportunity to exchange with champagne houses, independent wine growers and other vineyard service providers.
On October, 10th Pr. Florent Allais, Kevin Magnien and Dr. Grégoire Burgé were at the 5th edition of Bpifrance Inno Generation, the largest European professional business event gathering 52,000 visitors at the AccorHotels Arena.
As part of a round table, Prof. Florent Allais, along with representatives from the companies Tereos, Lactips, Carbios, the venture capital firm Soffinova, discussed with Antoine Peeters of the IAR cluster on the bioeconomy as a sustainable response to the ecological transition.
On October, 6th URD ABI and CEBB, represented by Gaëlle Willig and Maxime Langlait, participated to "Le village des Sciences" at Planétarium to teach science and more particularly agro resources to general public.
On October, 10th Kévin Magnien (ABI) and Nicolas Béfort (NEOMA Business School) gave a conference on "Vers une bioéconomie! Les enjeux scientifiques, économiques et de soutenabilité d'une nouvelle économie soutenable"