Aalto University Bioinnovation Center
Aalto University Bioinnovation Center is an interdisciplinary research and learning center. Bioinnovation Center’s target is to accelerate the transition to a circular economy and bioeconomy, and to create opportunities for sustainable economic growth in Finland. Our interdisciplinary doctoral school uses the viewpoints of technology, design and business to address these challenges.
Towards bio and circular economy through bioinnovations
Aalto University Bioinnovation Center creates and produces new knowledge and innovations that help the transition towards bio and circular economy. To achieve human wellbeing in planetary boundaries, we need new sustainable solutions to wisely use our natural resources. The Bioinnovation Center especially focuses on innovations in sustainable bio-based materials, with special focus on textiles and packaging.
Solving sustainability challenges through interdisciplinary cooperation
The Center creates solutions to sustainability challenges through interdisciplinary cooperation. Nobody can tackle these questions alone. We bring together highly talented individuals from diverse backgrounds to create new ideas and to experiment with courage and curiosity. This helps us create solutions and new product concepts by combining design, business, and technology in a sustainable way. Creating new innovations will not be enough as such - we aim to introduce new ways of thinking and communicating for the benefit of entire society.
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Professor Luana Dessbesell works on bridging the gap between academia and industry. Her research group Sustainable Bioproducts Innovation is a multidisciplinary group of people who seek to support the development and commercialization of new forest-based innovations.
Aalto University Bioinnovation Center has set up an advisory board with five external experts to support and guide the center. On January 23rd, 2023, the Bioinnovation Center advisory board met at Aalto University for the first time. The experts gave insightful recommendations to the center’s collaboration with stakeholders, and to the dissemination and outreach plans.
Tiina Nypelö DSc (Tech) has been appointed Associate Professor and Luana Dessbesell (PhD) has been appointed Assistant Professor at the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems.
Aalto University's Bioinnovation Center has chosen 5 interdisciplinary projects to launch its doctoral school in 2022. The projects aim at innovations in the fields of sustainable textiles and packaging.
Pilot production line for Ioncell launched — a top made with the stronger-than-cotton ecofibre gets its colour from Finnish fields
In addition to producing the innovative textile fibre, the pilot production line will be used to develop wood-based carbon fibres.
Aalto University’s Bioinnovation Centre will be established with the grant amounting over 10 million euros received from Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation. Bioinnovation Centre will start its operation in 2021 by the recruitment of a professor enabled by the grant and opening the first call for the doctoral school supported by the grant.
Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation granted Aalto University EUR 10.5 million to establish a bioinnovation centre
The centre will accelerate the transition to a circular economy and bioeconomy, and create opportunities for sustainable economic growth in Finland.
Upcoming Bioinnovation Center events
Bioinnovation Center reports
Bioinnovation Center was launched in 2021 and the actions fully kicked off in 2022. Please see the attached report of the center's actions in 2021 and 2022.