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    ... Subject: NNFCC E-Bulletin: Issue 2 Date: Mon, 14 Feb 2005 11:14:05 +0000 From: Lucy Hodsman To: enquiries@nnfcc.co.uk Dear
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      Subject: NNFCC E-Bulletin: Issue 2
      Date: Mon, 14 Feb 2005 11:14:05 +0000
      From: Lucy Hodsman <enquiries@...>
      To: enquiries@...



      Dear Colleagues,

      Welcome to the second edition of the NNFCC e-newsletter.

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      NNFCC upcoming Events

      Delivery of Government Strategy for Non-Food Crops and Uses: the role of
      the RDAs

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      NNFCC is hosting its second information and exchange day specifically
      for the Regional Development Agencies and Government Offices Tuesday
      17th May 2005. The primary object of the meeting is to discuss how the
      RDAs can assist in delivery of the Strategy for Non-Food Crops and Uses.
      The meeting will start with three individual RDAs introducing short case
      studies on non-food uses of crops within their regions and discussion of
      how these examples could be developed in other regions. A member of the
      Strategy for Non-Food Crops and Uses Project Board will then summarise
      progress and introduce the role of the RDAs in delivery and development
      of the strategy and this will be followed by discussion of how
      individual RDAs can assist in delivery. Further information and an
      opportunity to register will be available on the NNFCC website
      (http://www.nnfcc.co.uk/nnfccevents.cfm).

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      Plant-derived pharmaceuticals thematic working group

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      The inaugural meeting of the NNFCC thematic working group on
      plant-derived pharmaceuticals will take place in York Tuesday 05 April
      2005. This first meeting aims to identify the opportunities and barriers
      to development of plant-derived pharmaceutical and start developing a
      workplan to address these. Following three short introductory statements
      on markets and technology for herbal remedies, phyto-pharmaceuticals and
      plant-derived single chemical entities, the meeting will break out into
      a brainstorming session to identify the strengths, weaknesses,
      opportunities and threats for plant-derived pharmaceuticals in the UK.
      The afternoon will be spent mapping these on to typical supply chains
      and identifying what work needs to be undertaken to help realise the
      opportunities or overcome the barriers. Further details of the meeting
      will be posted at (http://www.nnfcc.co.uk/nnfccevents.cfm)

      Individuals who have registered an interest in this thematic working
      group already will receive further information on the inaugural meeting
      shortly. If you are interested in participating in the working group,
      please contact Ian Law (i.law@... <mailto:i.law@...>).
      Participation in Thematic Working Groups is open only to subscribers to
      NNFCC.

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      Recent Events

      Plant-derived antimicrobials: opportunities and threats

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      NNFCC organised a two day workshop on plant-derived anti-microbials for
      the Government Industry Forum on non-Food Uses of Crops (GIFNFC) at the
      end of January 2005. Over forty people attended the Defra-sponsored
      workshop with backgrounds ranging from plant science through chemistry
      and pharmacy to process engineering. The presentations which covered
      regulatory regimes, intellectual property, antibiotic resistance and
      structure activity studies, will be available shortly on
      http://www.nnfcc.co.uk/library/events/index.cfm

      The workshop discussion groups delivered rather consistent messages that
      (1) Industry is not investing in discovery of new antimicrobials because
      the return on investment is low compared with return on investment in
      drugs to treat metabolic disorders. Equally there is no public funding
      body with responsibility for funding discovery. (2) Regulatory regimes
      designed to protect society against biocides that can be toxic are
      inhibiting development of antimicrobials from plants that have been
      shown to be safe in other applications. The newly established NNFCC
      Strategy Group will be considering how to take forward plant-derived
      antimicrobials at their next meeting 14^th February 2005.

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      GreenTech

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      The NNFCC recently attended and exhibited at the GreenTech Conference
      held in Potsdam, Germany. The conference was attended by over 250
      European delegates and was opened by the German Federal Minister of
      Consumer Protection, Food and Agriculture, Renate Kunsat. The programme
      made it clear that Germany is particularly active in this sector,
      perhaps influenced by the amount of financial support they are offered
      by their Government. It was however quite encouraging to learn that the
      UK is not lagging as far behind as some may think. The full programme
      and all presentations from the event can be viewed
      http://www.europoint-bv.com/events/?greentech2005

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      Bioplastics 2004 8-9th December, Frankfurt

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      This meeting was organised by European Plastics News, Plastics & Rubber
      Weekly and the International Biodegradable Polymers Association &
      Working Groups (IBAW). It was the sixth such event on biopolymers: a
      very informative meeting with all the major biopolymer producers and
      packagers present. The meeting provided a good snapshot of the current
      EU landscape in biopolymers. Clearly there are a large number of
      packagers adopting and developing this technology however, polymer price
      is still a major issue and markets are still niche until this is addressed.

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      NNFCC News

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      NNFCC Strategy Group

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      The first meeting of the NNFCC Strategy Group will be held 14^th
      February 2005. The Strategy Group is a body independent of commercial or
      political interests which will provide the NNFCC with advice on
      strategic issues related to non-food uses of crops. They will develop a
      strategic view of the potential for sustainable crop-derived materials
      over the next 20 years, and the actions needed to realise that potential

      Many of the members of the Government Industry Forum on Non-Food Uses of
      Crops (GIFNFC) are joining the strategy group and additional members are
      in the process of being recruited. The full membership will be published
      on the NNFCC website shortly.

      The Strategy Group is commissioning studies on the biodiversity effects
      of cultivating novel non-food crops and starting a roadmapping exercise
      on adoption of biopolymer technology in the UK.

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      New Member of staff

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      Policy and Government Liaison Manager: David Williams joined NNFCC in
      January 2005 on secondment from Defra. He is a career civil servant with
      a range of experience in policy-making and in negotiating and
      implementing UK and EU law. His most recent jobs have been in the
      European Secretariat of the Cabinet Office and as head of pesticides
      environment policy in Defra. Within NNFCC David is responsible for
      ensuring that the Centre understands and contributes to policy and
      regulation affecting the development of markets for non-food crops. You
      can contact him at d.williams@...."

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      Responses to recent funding calls

      Non-Food Uses of Crops - Supply Chain Assessment and Development R&D
      programme

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      Over forty proposals were submitted to the November deadline of this
      programme of Defra funding. The Programme Advisory Committee was
      impressed not only by the number, but also by the quality of the
      proposals. The subject matter ranged from high value applications of
      speciality chemicals from plants used in the healthcare and
      pharmaceutical industries, through novel packaging materials, resins,
      lubricants and preservatives. Defra is currently negotiating contracts
      with a number of applicants.

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      HGCA

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      The HGCA were also pleased with the quality and numbers of outline
      applications submitted to their last call for proposals. The number of
      applications increased significantly over previous calls and the range
      of technologies impressive.

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      DTI technology fund

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      Congratulations to Greenlight Products who are leading a consortium
      which has been selected for funding under the DTI Technology Programme
      "Lightweight eco-composites based on renewable raw materials"

      This aims to develop novel technologies for industrial production of
      lightweight eco-composites applicable in many industrial sectors. The
      technology fund has also selected other projects related to biomass
      gasification and generation of hydrogen for funding.

      NNFCC technology translators have been active in building consortia
      which have submitted collaborative proposals to the call for proposals
      for bio-based products which had a deadline last week. These have
      brought together a number of companies and research organisations which
      have never worked together before as well as those with a track record
      of successful collaboration. Again the range of technologies is impressive.

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      Job adverts

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      *Project manager Next Generation Tree Shelter Project*

      Tubex is a private company based in South Wales engaged in the
      manufacture, distribution and sale of plastic tree and vine shelters
      used for helping to establish young tree seedlings and vines. The
      Company has established a project to develop the next generation of
      treeshelters which will retain the benefits of the existing products,
      but will be made from non-oil based, sustainable materials. The Company
      has been awarded a SMART Cymru grant to help with the first phase of the
      project to identify the preferred material(s) and a preliminary working
      model. A Project Manager is required to run and manage Phase 1 of the
      project (approx 1 year). If the outcome of Phase 1 is successful then
      the post is likely to be extended for 1-2 years to take the project to a
      successful conclusion. Please contact Allan Evans for further details
      (allanevans@... <mailto:allanevans@...> tel 01685 883833)

      *HGCA PhD Studentships*

      HGCA have just approved funding for nine new studentships commencing
      over the next 3 years. Closing date for applications is 28 February 2005
      - further details can be found on the Funding and Awards page.

      http://www.hgca.com/content.output/821/821/News/News/PhD%20Studentships.mspx

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      Funding

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      There is a call for an Integrated Project under Framework 6.

      NMP-2004-3.4.4.3 Mastering “Industrial Biotechnology”- Environmental
      Technology for sustainable production of added value products
      <http://fp6.cordis.lu/nmp/areas.cfm?CALL_ID=181#1391>
      IP

      As referred to in the Environmental Technology Action Plan (ETAP),
      “industrial biotechnology” can play an important role in the development
      and validation of sustainable production systems that integrate
      activities such as research at molecular level (site directed
      application of biocatalysts), renewable raw materials as feedstock and
      their transformation /conversion processes. Deadline 17 March 2005. See
      http://fp6.cordis.lu/nmp/call_details.cfm?CALL_ID=181# for further
      information

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      UK Events

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      17/2/2005

      HGCA: Processor Seminar

      'Innovate or you'll be set-aside'

      The Conference Centre, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NQ1 2DB

      .............................................................................................................................

      2/3/2005

      Opportunities for Rural Innovation (Norwich)

      Is your business located in a rural area? Discover what knowledge
      transfer is all about and how you can join partnerships that will really
      add value to your business

      University of East Anglia, Norwich

      Contact:

      Carole Randall

      i10 Rural Innovation Officer

      +44 (0)1245 423048

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      8/3/2005 To 9/3/2005

      Sustainable Plastics: Biodegradability versus Recycling

      Manchester, UK

      Contact:

      Ruth Lane

      Symposium Secretariat

      +44 (0)1928 788071

      +44 (0)1928 788684

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      19/4/2005

      Link Seminar: Competitive Industrial Materials from Non-Food Crops

      Process Engineering in Non-Food Crops

      Chancellors Suite, University of Warwick Conference Park

      Contact:

      Dr Kerry Broadfoot

      CIMNFC Secretary

      +44 (0)1793 413337

      +44 (0)1793 413234

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      5/5/2005 To 7/5/2005

      Clean Energy Technology & Investment Show

      The Business Design Centre, Islington

      Contact:

      E-Mail

      +44 (0)20 7751 9998

      +44 (0)20 7751 9996

      International Events

      /28/2/2005 To 1/3/2005/

      //II International Seminar on Biodegradable Polymers and sustainable
      composites

      Valencia, Spain

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      /8/3/2005 To 9/3/2005/

      //High Performance Fillers 2005

      Crowne Plaza Hotel, Cologne, Germany
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      /8/3/2005 To 10/3/2005/

      //Global Alternative Fuels 2005 Exhibition and Forum

      Renewable energy and alternative fuels

      Berlin, Germany

      *Contact*:

      +44 (0)1242529 090

      +44 (0)1242529 060

      .............................................................................................................................

      /14/3/2005 To 16/3/2005/

      //Sugar and Ethanol Brazil

      The Impact of Changes in Global Trade on Brazilian Sugar and Ethanol

      Gran Melia WTC Hotel Sao Paulo, Brazil

      .............................................................................................................................

      /15/3/2005 To 17/3/2005

      /Building Energy 05 Conference and Trade Show

      Renewable Energy

      Seaport World Trade Centre, Boston, USA

      .............................................................................................................................
      /
      22/3/2005 To 25/3/2005/

      //1st International Conference on Fermentation Technology for Added
      Value Agricultural Products

      Kosa Hotel, Khon Kaen, Thailand

      *Contact*:
      Lakkana Laopaiboon <mailto:lakcha@...>

      +66 (0)4336 2121

      +66 (0)4336 2122

      ....................................................................................................................

      /31/3/2005 To 3/4/2005/

      //Mondial Bioenergie

      Bioenergy

      Paris, France

      *Contact*:

      +33 (0)384 478100

      +33 (0)384 478119

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      /10/4/2005 To 13/4/2005/

      //2005 World Oleochemical Conference

      Meeting the Demands of the Future

      Athenaeum Inter-Continental, Athens, Greece

      *Contact*:
      Connie Hilson <mailto:connieh@...>

      +1 (0)217 359 2344

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      /
      20/4/2005 To 21/4/2005/

      //2nd Rencontre de la biomasse 2005

      Developing non-food uses for Crops and Animals

      Gembloux, Belgium

      *Contact*:

      +0032 (0)816271 84

      +0032 (0)816258 47

      ........................................................................................................................

      /20/4/2005 To 22/4/2005/

      //BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology & Bioprocessing

      Orlando, Florida
      .............................................................................................................................

      /11/5/2005/

      / /Brew Symposium

      White Biotechnology an emerging platform for industrrial products and
      processes

      Rhein-Main-Hallen,Rheinstra?e 20, Wiesbaden, D

      *Contact*:

      + (0)697564 129

      + (0)697564 176

      .......................................................................................................................

      /17/5/2005 To 19/5/2005/

      //World Biofuels 2005 Conference

      Analyses of biofuels supply and demand in major markets, also the
      implementation of the EU biofuels directive covered.

      Hospital de los Venerables in Seville, Spain

      *Contact*:

      Agra Informa Ltd <mailto:conferences@...>

      +44 (0)1892 511807

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      /26/5/2005 To 28/5/2005/

      //Baltic Biorefinery Symposium

      Aalborg University Esbjerg, Denmark

      *Contact*:

      Prof. Dr. Jens Born <mailto:jens.born@...>
      +49 (0)805 1293

      +49 (0)805 1394

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      /20/6/2005 To 21/6/2005/

      //EcoComp 2005

      3rd International Conference on Eco-Composites

      Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden

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      Best Wishes,

      Maggie Smallwood

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      Dr Maggie Smallwood Tel 44 (0) 1904 435182
      Deputy CEO Fax 44 (0) 1904 435345
      The National Non-Food Crops Centre email m.smallwood@...
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      York
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