Network

Biotechnology is unthinkable without strong partners.

Investors

eCAPITAL entrepreneurial Partners AG is a venture capital corporation, which accompanies innovative coroprations into promising braches. eCAPITAL is a lead investor at Subitec GmbH since Juli 2012.

Since 2005 High-Tech Gründer­fonds (HTGF) has been fi­nanc­ing young tech­nol­ogy com­pa­nies on at­trac­tive terms and ac­tively sup­port­ing their man­age­ment teams with a strong net­work and en­tre­pre­neur­ial ex­per­tise. They are fo­cused on in­vest­ing in early stage com­pa­nies in the high-tech sec­tor. In their first 6 years they fi­nanced ap­prox­i­mately 250 com­pa­nies from the high-tech sec­tor and suc­cess­fully set them on their way.

The ERP start fonds of the KfW provide venture capital for coverage of financing needs of small innovative corporations with headquarters in Germany. The contribution of the KfW is always accompanied by an additional lead investor. Since July 2012 is the KfW partner of Subitec GmbH through their ERP start fonds.

Fraunhofer Venture supports spinoffs from Fraunhofer Insitutes from the founding idea tup to the financing and beyond. Up until now over 400 spinoffs are guided, over 150 spinoffs are in the portfolio of the Fraunhofer venture group and in more than 90 spinoff is Fraunhofer an active partner.

Industry

Ebner Stolz Mönning Bachem is one of the largest independent consulting firms for small and medium-sized enterprises in Germany and is among the top ten in the field. The company owns decades of fundamental experiences in auditing, tax counseling, legal advice and business consultancy. Ebner Stolz accompanies Subitec since its founding and is an active partner since 2007.

FairEnergie GmbH operates - together with ist partners Fraunhoger IGB and Subitec GmbH - a microalgae cultivation plant in a greenhouse since summer of 2010. During a five year long research project the energetical usage of microalgae are under investigation.

GMB GmbH operates an pilot plant designed and build by Subitec GmbH in Senftenberg, Germany since July 2010 within the project "GreenMiSSion". Comparing studies with another microalgae cultivation system are conducted since 2011 at this location: the „hanging gardens". The cooperation of GMB GmbH and Subitec was extended until 2015.

Objective of the cooperation between the Südzucher AG and Subitec GmbH is the substanial and energtical exploitation of starch-rich algal biomass. The main fraction starch is used for the production of ethanol, for the protein fraction new exploitation paths are bound to be discovered – especially such integrating the CO2 source form the biotechnical ethanol production. The added value from starch-rich algal biomass is supposed to be increased through protein exploitation as well as the usage of residual biomass to biogas and the circulation of CO2 and anorganic nutrients. This an additional benefit of the cilmate balance of the ethanol production of the first generation. The optimazation of the starch production with microalgae is carried out in a two-stage process in Subitec´s FPA-reactors.

CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation. In June 2014 Subitec installed a test rig for CEA in France for the research and development of different types of algae under different cultivation conditions.

Subitec Kunde C Feed

For C-Feed, a Norwegian producer of live feed for the aquaculture, Subitec planned and built up a scaling FPA reactor system for the cultivation of algal biomass. The obtained wet biomass is used to feed copepods, which are breeded to feed marine species worldwide.

Mibelle Group Biochemistry

Mibelle Biochemistry Switzerland designs and develops unique, high-quality actives for the beauty industry which are based on naturally derived compounds and extensive scientific expertise. Subitec planed and delivered a specially designed FPA system for the cultivation of the carotenoid-rich snow algae in a two-phase process. 

As thermoforming and twinsheet specialist the Ernst Hombach GmbH & Co. KG is an close development partner of Subitec GmbH.

Research

The Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB offers R&D solutions in the fields of medicine, pharmacy, chemistry, the environment and energy. It competences comprise Interfacial Engineering and Materials Science, Molecular Biotechnology, Physical Process Technology, Environmental Biotechnology and Bioprocess Engineering, as well as Tissue Engineering - always with view to its probability and sustainability. Subitec GmbH was founded in 2001 through initiation of the then head of the institute for marketing of the patents for the FPA reactor.

On October 26, 2011 opened the new Space Center Baden Württemberg (RZBW) in Stuttgart, where the Institute of Space Systems is located. The expansion offers the steady enlargement of the institute up to 170 employees right now adequate working conditions. Especially the research activities could be expanded with new high tech laboratories in the RZBW. They offer a wide variety of interesting subjects in space transport technology and space transport applications with accompanying lectures, practical training and exercises on which up to now 60 doctoral candidates are working. There with the IRS is the biggest university space transport research institute in Europe. Additionally they work in a powerful network with the industry and international partners. For example the University of Stuttgart has in the SOFIA Project an official branch at a NASA center in California, USA.

The occupational group of bioprocess engineering is at the Institute of Biotechnology at the ZHAW in Wädenswil, Switzerland active in lecturing, research and development as well as offering various services. Subitec cooperates with this group in the field of technical characterization of (novel) standard and disposable bioreactor systems based on computer calculated flow simulation (CFD). In addition to already available bioreactor systems a validation of numerical fluid mechanics (CFD) via contact-free measurements of velocity gradients using Particle-Image-Velocimetry is conducted.

The Paul Scherrer Institute, PSI, is the largest research centre for natural and engineering sciences within Switzerland. The PSI performs world-class research in three main subject areas: Matter and Material; Energy and the Environment; and Human Health. By conducting fundamental and applied research, they work on long-term solutions for major challenges facing society, industry and science.

In Hamburg, Germany, E.ON Hanse started a research project especially notable: In an unique and in Europe unpresidented pilot plant CO2 consuming microalgae are cultivated to explore their contribution for climate protection. E.ON Hanse is cooprating with Subitec since 2008 in operation of a pilot plant at the natural gas reservoir in Hamburg-Reitbrook, Germany. In the future CO2 containing fue gases from conventionel power plants can be „fed" to microalgae to gain ernergy once more. E.ON Hanse stands behind this future vision and support it through this project.

The EnBW Engery Baden-Württemberg AG and Subitec GmbH together explore the possibility for CO2 sequestion with microalgae. As partners they operated an microalgae cultivation plant in Eutingen im Gäu, Germany from 2008 to 2010. For a follow up project an simliar plant was designed and set up in a greenhaus at the municipal utilities FairEnergie GmbH in Reutlingen, Germany (running time 2009 to 2014). Objective is the determination of efficency of the CO2 sequestion by microalgae.

Associations

Dechema

DECHEMA is a network for chemical engineering and biotechnology in Germany. As a non-profit organization, it represents these areas in science, business, politics and society. With over 5,800 members, it promotes the exchange between science and industry. Subitec has been a member of the Dechema algae biotechnology division since 2009, whose activities include Subitec's Managing Director, Dr. Peter Ripplinger, as deputy chairman.

BIO Deutschland membership

BIO Deutschland, as the association of the biotechnology industry, has set itself the goal of supporting and promoting the development of an innovative industry based on the modern biosciences. The 300 members are organized into working groups. Since the beginning of 2017, Subitec has been part of the Industrial Bio-Economy Group.

BioRegio Stern membership

Since 2001 the BioRegio STERN has been promoting the development of the life sciences cluster in the German region between Stuttgart, Tübingen, Esslingen, Reutlingen and Neckar-Alb. As the central contact organization for life sciences companies in this region, it links those with actors from other branches of the economy to create creative impulses and cooperation. Since 2011 Subitec has been part of BioRegio Stern's entrepreneur pool.

Algae Biomass Organization (ABO) membership

The Algae Biomass Organization (ABO) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the development of the algae industry across the entire value chain. The objective of the ABO is to improve communication and the information transfer between the stakeholders to support existing companies in the algae sector and to open up new markets. Subitec has been a member since 2013 and a gold member of the ABO since 2015.

European Algae Biomass Association

The aim of the European Algae Biomass Association (EABA) is the promotion of mutual information exchange and cooperation in the field of biomass production and use. EABA is a catalyst for the promotion of synergies between scientists, industrialists and decision-makers from the algae sector to promote development and growth in this area. Subitec has been an EABA member since 2014.