Searching for energy alternatives


Helsinki – The Academy of Finland started its Sustainable Energy Research Programme (SusEn) in January. Running until 2011, the programme aims to generate new and innovative scientific knowledge in energy technology, energy systems and energy efficiency as well as aiding in the development of sustainable solutions and know-how in identifying future energy system alternatives.
In total, the Academy provides EUR9.5 m to more than 20 projects in a wide range of topics, including exploring new ways for biomass-based energy and decomposition of wood, incentive strategies for the bioenergy market, and research into solar and nuclear energy systems. The majority of the projects have a national focus, but some are transnational collaborations with extra funding from other agencies.
A consortium headed by Researcher Timo Tamminen from Finland’s enviromental administration, for example, is committed to researching the optimisation of lipid production by algae for bio-diesel production (ALGISEL). Within the team are Finish reseachers from the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, as well as colleagues from the University of Oslo, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, the Ludwig Maximilians University in Germany and the Icelandic Energy Research Institute.



The vaccine research centre of the University of Tampere in Finland has out­licenced a candidate combined prophylactic vaccine against norovirus and rota­virus infections. The Japanese vaccine venture UMN Pharma Inc. acquired the...



Finnish protein manufacturer Vectron Biosolutions AS has completed a study comparing different expression technologies. According to Vectron, their proprietary E. coli expression technology gave higher yields for seven out of ten...



Lappeenranta – Finnish paper industry major UPM plans to invest in an industry-scale biorefinery producing biofuels from crude tall oil, a by-product of the wood pulp manufacturing process. UPM’s total investment will amount to...



Helsinki/Göttingen – Finnish laboratory supplier Biohit Oyj has sold its liquid handling business for €68m to German process and labtech provider Sartorius AG. Osmo Suovaniemi, founder and Chairman of the Board at Biohit,...



Porvoo/Chalfont St. Giles – GE Healthcare and Neste Jacobs have formed a strategic alliance to drive worldwide self-sufficiency in blood plasma fractionation. Finnish-based Neste Jacobs Oy, a global expert in plant engineering...



Bresso/Turku – The wedding's off between Newron and Biotie. The bride has run away. Shares in Italy's Newron Pharmaceuticals plunged after its proposed merger with Biotie Therapies Corp was called off by the Finnish firm....



Turku/ Bresso – It is both good and bad news for the Italian biotechnology sector: Finnish Biotie Therapies ASA has signed an agreement to acquire Newron Pharmaceuticals S.p.A. for €45 million. On the down side, Italy loses one...



Hafnarfjodur – Actavis Group CEO Claudio Albrecht announced at the beginning of February that the company may go public within the next 2-3 years, although it isn’t clear whether the generics manufacturer would conduct an IPO,...

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