From May 16th to 20th, URD ABI attended the International Symposium on Green Chemistry (ISGC 2022) in La Rochelle, bringing together the industrial and academic communities to exchange on sustainable chemistry. It has been a great opportunity for us to showcase URD ABI’s diverse fields of interest through nine oral communications and two posters, from our graduate students (Laurène Minsat, Floriane Rischard and Damien Breilly), post-doctoral fellows (Dr. Benjamin Rioux and Dr. Julien Vinet), engineers (Gaëlle Willig, Fanny Brunissen and Matthieu Mention) and research scientists (Dr. Amandine Flourat, Dr. Louis Mouterde and Dr. Antoine Gallos). From high added value molecules for cosmetics to sustainable materials, through green extraction and purification, this week was rich in discussions and debates on research and innovation.
AgroParisTech is now associate member of the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC).
The Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) is a non-profit organization set up in 2013 to represent the private sector in a Public-Private Partnership with the European Commission. It focuses on strenghtening the bio-based industries sector in Europe.
Between 2014 and 2020, BIC’s partnership with the EU was known as the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU). For the 2021-2030 period, the new partnership is called the Circular Bio-based Europe Joint Undertaking (CBE JU).
Thanks to this new status, AgroParisTech can have a privileged access to the work program before the official release and be invited to networking events. AgroParisTech has been represented by two members of URD ABI to attend the "BIC Matchmaking Event 2022" in May, 19th in Brussels. It was a good opportunity to meet other BIC members and initiate future European projects!
Laurène Minsat and Célestin Bourgery, two of our graduate students, attended the ABIES PhD Days 2022 on April, 21st and 22nd 2022, in Paris. The theme of this year was “One Health”.These days have gathered more than a hundred graduate students.
Our two representatives presented their research work through poster communications. These days took place on a multidisciplinary environment supported by high scientific level and great quality oral presentations and posters, as well as fruitful informal discussions.
Check out our new interview (in French) of Kévin Magnien (URD ABI - AgroParisTech's Deputy Director and Business Development Manager) by Challenges where he talks about R&D activities URD ABI and one of the first hybrid model between public and private sectors.
"URD ABI is precursor of positive collaboration between academia, business worlds and public sectors."
Many thanks to our local authorities (Communauté urbaine du Grand Reims, Région Grand Est, Département de la Marne) which were able to make this possible!
April 3-7, 2022, Dr. Louis mouterde, and our graduate student Célestin Bourgery, attended the second ECI Microbial Engineering Conference in Albufeira, Portugal, bringing together leaders in synthetic biology, metabolic engineering, and fermentation technology, from industry and the academic community. Examples of applications included natural products, therapeutic proteins, vaccines and biosynthesis of a wide variety of organic chemicals.
It was an opportunity for our two representatives to present their research on a biotechnological strategy for the valorization of cellulose-derived Levoglucosenone, and the enzymatic synthesis and immobilization of coenzymes of interest with the example of NADP(H) and Coenzyme A. Several rich discussions and debates animated this week dedicated to the biotechnologies of today and tomorrow.
On March 2nd, the URD ABI was at the « Paris International Agricultural Show » on the AgroParisTech booth to talk about bioeconomy. Several examples of agricultural coproducts valorization were presented through a game to inform the audience about green alternatives to petroleum-based products. A special focus was also made on the AgriWasteValue Interreg project which is about valorization of coproducts from vine, apple and pear trees.
On January, 26th, as Lead Partner of the AgriWasteValue Interreg project, URD ABI participated to a round table during the Lipids & Cosmetic event in Bordeaux (26th-27th, Bordeaux, FR).
The round table focused on the structuration of an European production value chain of antioxidants sourced from agroforestry co-products: a biobased solution for protecting biobased lipids for 100% natural cosmetic product. URD ABI was represented by its Director, Prof. Florent ALLAIS, alongside two other partners of the project, CELABOR and Cosmetic Valley (also host of the event), respectively, represented by Sébastien CAJOT and Amandine GOUBERT.
This round table was also a good opportunity to directly discuss with representatives of major cosmetic companies and talk about how the project can meet both their expectations and those of consumers.
URD ABI’s Laurène MINSAT, PhD student, showcased her research on AgriWasteValue through a poster during the two-day event.
Valentin REUNGOAT successfully passed his final defense on January, 25th 2022. For the last 3 years, Valentin has worked on the « Development of a sustainable and industrializable process integrating extraction and purification techniques to obtain a secondary metabolite from agro-industrial byproducts » in collaboration with the Extractis company. Congratulations to Dr. Valentin REUNGOAT!
On January, 21st, Florent ALLAIS and Kévin MAGNIEN gave two presentations at the “Strategic Orientation Committee on Bioeconomy of Grand Est Region” co-organized by the European Center of Biotechnology and Bioeconomy (CEBB) and the Grand Est Region.
Florent and Kevin described two successful research projects, ANR SINAPUV and BBI FLAGSHIP Resolute, respectively, focusing on the skills involved, the scientific research program, the partnership, the byproducts produced and valorized, as well as the potential applications.
After having received the Frontiers in Chemistry 2020 Outstanding Associate Editors Award in the Green & sustainable chemistry section in 2020, Florent Allais, FRSC received the same award in Frontiers in Chemical Engineering for 2021!
On December, 8th, URD ABI hosted the AgriWasteValue project consortium meeting. After two years of virtual meetings, everyone was delighted to meet up again.
Since the project is coming to an end in less than a year, this meeting was a good opportunity to discuss the last scientific achievements and the project communication.
On January 26th, the Lipids & Cosmetics Congress (26th -27th of January, Bordeaux) will held a round table discussion dedicated to the project.
The 9th edition of COSM’ING took place in Saint-Malo (France) from December, 7th to December, 8th. 2021. URD ABI was represented by Floriane Rischard, PhD student, who was selected to participate to the first edition of the contest “étonnants découvreurs”. She had the opportunity to present her thesis project in 180 seconds on the subject: “Biobased polymers for cosmetic formulations: an alternative to silicones”.
On December, 7th, Kévin Magnien, deputy director and business development manager at URD ABI, talked at the « Regards croisés sur la transition écologique et sur l’économie circulaire » roundtable organized by the University of Reims Champagne Ardenne.
Kévin presented ABI’s research work on the valorization of (1) cellulose from sawdust into high added value molecules (BBI FLAGSHIP Resolute project), and (2) of mustard bran, as well as the production of anti-UV molecules (ANR SIPANUV project).
From November, 29th to December, 1st, URD ABI's Floriane Rischard, PhD student, attended the “Journées Formulation 2021” that took place in Compiègne (France). Floriane presented her research on BIOSSIL, a project in collaboration with the URCOM laboratory from the University of Le Havre Normandie, through a poster and a flash communication on the following subject: “Biobased polymers for cosmetic formulations: an alternative to silicones
Florent Allais spend some time at his alma mater (University of Florida ) to not only check on the progress of Robin Fournier’s and Enzo Petracco ‘s PhD project within the Department of Chemistry (Prof. Michael Harris and Prof. Matthew E.) in collaboration with URD ABI - AgroParisTech (AgroParisTech), but also to expand further our great partnership.
On November, 19th, URD ABI was represented by Benjamin Rioux, postdoctoral researcher, at the “L’agroécologie au service d’une bioéconomie durable, mythe ou réalité?” workshop organized by the SFR Condorcet on the UniLaSalle-Beauvais campus. Benjamin presented his research within “BoostCrop”, an European H2020 FET Open-funded project, through an oral communication: “BoostCrop: from biomass to molecular heaters for plant protection”.
The first online workshop organized by URD ABI & Cosmetic Valley took place on November, 9th 2021.
During the session, the last results of Laurène MINSAT’s work (PhD student of the AgriWasteValue project) were presented. To widen the project subject, two other URD ABI members, Fanny Brunissen & Gaelle Willig, presented their work on the valorization of cherry tree byproducts.
The workshop was also very pleased to host two external speakers from Yves Rocher (Véronique Guyot-Ferreol, Natural Raw Material Open Sourcing & Innovation Manager) & Biolie (Lionel Muniglia, Scientific Director) to present their point of view on the valorization of agroforestry byproducts for cosmetic applications.
From September, 28th to October, 1st, took place the 28th meeting of the Biocatalysis Club in Organic Synthesis in Lège Cap Ferret (France). URD ABI was well represented with no less than three graduate students (Laurène Minsat, Jeanne Combes and Celestin Bourgery) and two research scientists (Amandine Flourat and Louis Mouterde) who presented their research projects through four oral communications (Laurène, Jeanne, Amandine & Louis) and a poster (Celestin).
URD ABI was at the "Plant Based Summit 2021" at the Convention Center of Reims. During this congress, Florent Allais was chairman of the session entitled "Innovative processes and applications for wood chemistry", Antoine Gallos presented his work on shape memory PLA, and URD ABI’s attendees were at the B2B session to meet potential academic and industrial partners.
The 1st European Bioeconomy University Scientific Forum took place on September, 22th 2021. Many scientists from URD ABI showcased their work: (1) Amandine Flourat talked about Eco-friendly synthesis of (R)-3-hydroxydecanoic acid and analogues : new green pathway to highly potent elicitor(s) of plant immune system; (2) Valentin Reungoat presented his work on Simultaneous extraction and enzymatic hydrolysis from mustard bran for the recovery of sinapic acid; (3) Emilie Isidore discussed about the Valorization of hempseed meal by the extraction of phenolic compounds; and (4) Morad Chadni talked on The selective extraction of sinapic acid derivatives from mustard seed meal by acting on pH. Congratulations to them!