Functional 100% bio-based biologicals exhibiting advanced properties (improved activity, sustained release, synergy with essential and noble metal ions, reduced price and carbon footprint) will be produced, formulated and processed using innovative techniques such as fermentative bioprocess intensification, structural optimization via biocatalysis and formulations using essential and noble metals, as well as biopolymeric drug carriers. Therefore, BioECOLogics will result in a set of unique products that offer real solutions for a spectrum of biomedical problems. In doing so, the project contributes towards the shortage of novel biomedicines, but at the same time, recognizes EU’s 2050 long-term strategy for a climate-neutral Europe by replacing fossil-based material with a bio-based, renewable material. Novel bio-upcycling routes will be developed based on the biotechnological valorization of waste materials into new formulations of biopharmaceuticals resulting from bacterial fermentations and innovative formulations of obtained molecules.
The project approach will be transdisciplinary by combining microbiology, biotechnology, process and inorganic chemistry, and pharmaceuticals knowledge. In addition to the multidisciplinary nature, the knowledge transfers between researchers, industrial and other stakeholders will contribute positively to the overall relevance of the impact for dissemination and exploitation of results.