MARINEBLUEREFINE, a cooperation between MadeBiotech and Madeira University, is a scientific research project that aimed at valorizing waste from the fish industry, an economic sector linked to marine resources and framed in the blue economy field. When compared to the bovine processing industry, only 30 to 50% of the fish is used. The remainder is somewhat of an environmental problem that implies an extra cost for the regional companies to dispose of.
The project goal was to research advanced and innovative solutions and/or processes, technically and commercially viable, to obtain value-added products, always maintaining the environmental sustainability as an unquestionable principle. This industrial research in the biotechnological and bioprocessing engineering fields, used supercritical fluid technologies and enzymatic hydrolysis, among other innovative processes, for the production of bioactive compounds to incorporate into cosmetic, food and nutraceutical formulations.
Highly evaluated by international experts, MARINEBLUEREFINE, is an example of cooperation between regional entities taking advantage of the partners' prestige, knowledge, skills and capacities in a synergistic way. In the process each partners’ capabilities definitely improved, always taking into consideration the individual objectives and respective missions.
Project name: MARINEBLUEREFINE - Valorization of the insular potential for value-added applications
Project code: M1420-01-0247-FEDER-000006
Objective: Valorization of the fish industry waste through biotechnology and bioprocess engineering
Start date: 01-02-2017
End date: 31-01-2019
Total value: 1.978.527,38 €
Approved fund: 1.275.000,00 €
Awarded by the Business Development Institute (Instituto de Desenvolvimento Empresarial) through the ProCiencia 2020 Incentive System (Sistema de Incentivos ProCiência 2020).