Baltic Blue Biotechnology Alliance

March 2016 -
April 2019


Policy area:
2. Natural resources 2.4 Blue growth


The Interreg project Baltic Blue Biotechnology ALLIANCE built a network of Research-Technology-Innovation mentors who match services, facilities and experts from different countries around the Baltic Sea and turned smart ideas for biotechnology from the sea into a dozen market-ready products.

The opportunity

Blue biotechnology is about exploring and exploiting the organisms of the sea in order to develop new products or services – ideally in a sustainable manner. The Baltic Sea region has all the necessary elements for the successful development of an innovative and sustainable maritime economy and benefits from strong research and innovation activities and a tradition of close cooperation. And the European Commission’s Blue Growth strategy of 2012 identified blue biotechnology as one focus area.

The potential for blue biotechnology of the Baltic Sea is recognised as significant. Yet it is immature and needs a strategic approach. The ALLIANCE systematically pooled the national capabilities aimed to empower research institutes, SMEs and business clusters to reach the critical mass required for action and global competitiveness of blue biotechnology from the Baltic Sea.


Mentors to advance good ideas for blue biotechnology

The ALLIANCE built a network of mentors in the sector of blue biotechnology consisting of research and technology institutes, technology parks and innovation companies. All together they helped blue biotech ideas from different countries around the Baltic Sea become market-ready products by match-making companies to services, facilities and experts as if there were no borders.

Some smart ideas turned into products

A Danish company that cultivated kelp started developing a natural organic sunscreen extract from this seaweed with two mentor universities from Denmark and Sweden. An Estonian brand for natural cosmetics manufactured facial moisturizers with algae-based antioxidants in close collaboration with an Estonian biotechnology park and a German research and consulting company. A startup company from Lithuania working with mollusk shells for bone regeneration received support from Lithuanian, Swedish and Estonian technology parks on chemical analyses, contacts to raw material suppliers and business plan development.

A network to support biotech companies

Using the experiences of 25 successful cases like these, the partners developed a full-fledged service offer (including a business plan) to support companies in developing new marine biotechnology products and services. The service supports blue tech companies in communication and lobbying, scientific and technical inquiries, access to biological resources, legal advice, business and project development, monitoring and coaching. The business plan is operationalised by the follow-up project ALLIANCE+. The network initiated by the Interreg project ALLIANCE was set-up with EUR 2.65 million of support from the European Union, because it strengthens European integration and makes European regions more competitive.

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€ 3.39
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Project manager

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel

Deniz Tasdemir

494 316 004 430

Legal representative

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel

Peter Herzig

494 316 002 800

Financial manager

GEOMAR-Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research

Anja Wenzel

+49 431 600 2546

Communication manager

SUBMARINER Network for Blue Growth EEIG

Efthalia Arvaniti

+45 2132 6227