Due to the coronavirus outbreak, the official opening of BlueChem – situated at Blue Gate Antwerp – was canceled at the end of April 2020. Even still, the incubator for sustainable chemistry is making a lot of headway. BlueChem is now home to seven start- and scale-ups and works with six international firms and five strategic partners.
Following Arpadis, Creaflow and InOpSys (which became part of the BlueChem family in December 2019), four new start-ups have chosen BlueChem as their R&D base:
Calidris Bio, which will use fermentation technology to produce a high-quality, nutritious and affordable source of protein with a small ecological footprint;
IBEVE, which will develop and test high-quality analytical techniques for more accurate detection and evaluation of nanomaterials, asbestos fibers and other dust particles;
Peace of Meat, which will use biological processes to grow fat and liver cells for the production of, among other things, animal-free foie gras;
Triple Helix, which will provide expert and financial support to companies focusing on the transition to sustainable chemistry, particularly the development of circular value chains in high-quality materials such as PET, polyurethanes and phenols.