Lecture at the German Biotechnology Days 2019

May 01, 2019
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Under the theme: Enzymes – Nothing works without them, represented André, CASCAT in a lecture series at the German Biotechnology Days 2019 at the 10th of April in Würzburg. Together with the companies C-Lecta (Marc Struhalla) and Novozyems (Klaus Pellengahr), as well as Prof. Dr. med. Jürgen Seibel (University of Würzburg) the experts presented and discussed the need and opportunities for the industrial establishment of novel enzyme reactions and cascades. Moderated by Andreas Löffert (Biocampus Straubing GmbH), this was an extremely exciting lecture series on the potential of enzymatic reaction cascades for industrial applications. It turned out that multi-stage enzyme cascades are gaining ground and gaining more and more profitability in order to replace established processes in the market, or even to establish new processes. Thus, we continue to be at the forefront of development with the philosophy of CASCAT.

© BIO Deutschland/Andreas Grasser
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Economy Minister Aiwanger visits Straubing-Sand harbor

January 20, 2019
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During a conclave in Straubing, Bavarian Minister of Economic Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister Hubert Aiwanger visited the port of Straubing-Sand and our laboratories to see for himself the solutions to the challenges of climate change and a changing raw material base.

Together with MdL and chairman of the Budgets Committee in the state parliament, Josef Zellmeier and the other visitors, it was agreed that optimal conditions are necessary especially for companies in the region of renewable raw materials. Straubing’s Lord Mayor and ZVH Association Chairman Markus Pannermayr explained the planned expansion of the BioCubator with new laboratories and offices.

In the CASCAT labs we presented our approach of chemo-enzymatic reaction cascades for industrial process and were able to show the potential of our portfolio.

Minister of Economic Affairs Aiwanger summed up the visit as follows: “I think that an outstanding development of the Straubing research landscape is happening here and that a real lighthouse of the bioeconomy is emerging here”. We can only agree with this assessment and thank for the visit.

F.l.t.r.: André Pick, Geschäftsführer CASCAT, Josef Laumer, Landrat Straubing-Bogen, Markus Pannermayr, Oberbürgermeister Stadt Straubing, Hubert Aiwanger, Bayerischer Staatsminister für Wirtschaft, Landesentwicklung und Energie, Prof. Dr. Volker Sieber, Rektor TUM Campus Straubing, Josef Zellmeier, MdL, Manfred Krä, Bürgermeister Aiterhofen, Andreas Löffert, Geschäftsleiter Zweckverband Hafen Straubing-Sand, Dr. Thomas Krammer, Bayerisches Wirtschaftsministerium, Ludwig Waas, Bürgermeister Niederwinkling. © obs/BioCampus Straubing GmbH/German Popp

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1. Strategic Meeting Chemie(-wende) Start-up Scene

August 05, 2017
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 /  by Jochen Schmid

On Thursday, 6/22/2017, the 1st Strategic Meeting of the German Chemie(-wende) Start-up Scene was hold in Berlin as part of the German Start-up Association with friendly support from Covestro and Henkel

CASCAT participated to create the future of the German chemical start-up scene and to be part of fundamental decisions in this field.

Start-ups are highly skilled micro units of experts who made in general a spin-off of a research institute. Start-ups are existential to act very agile, flexible, and adjustable to changes. Moreover, we have seen in other industries that start-ups are an adequate tool to bring scientific findings into industry and therefor, overcome the gap between science and market. A strong chemical start-up scene will be essential to secure the industries’ as well as society’s needs to sustainable innovations in a global competing and changing market. To boost the development of the chemical start-up scene, start-ups from the whole federal republic followed the invitation of the German Start-up Association. Together with a representative of Covestro, they worked on a strategic outlook and planned shared activities.

The most promising actions to strengthen the scene were derived that aim at the following goals:

1. Motivate students/ PhDs breadthways to found new start-ups (in collaboration with GDCh and DECHEMA)

2. Extend Chemistry4Innovation networking platform: – for getting early industry feedback; – solving technical challenges; – technical exchange between start-ups and corporations

3. Inform new investors of the huge, untapped opportunities of chemical start-ups and build an exclusive space to get in contact with this new scene

4. Facilitate and accelerate doing business with start-ups by implementing certain standard contracts of cooperation (NDA, handling IP, etc.)

5. Create a secured online platform for exchange and mutual support of business as well as learnings and key findings

6. Build a network with SME

7. Promote the digitalization in chemical industry by creating a digital chemistry subgroup


We are proud to participate in the German chemistry start-up scene and are looking forward what we will mutually reach in the near future!


More information is available by the following link.

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