This week BRADUTCH received a business mission accompanied by the Dutch Consulate of São Paulo. The intention of the group that represents Agropolo Campinas is to know more about how the business process in the Netherlands works. The meeting was held at KPMG’s headquarters in Amsteveel with the support of Eduardo Santos, Audit Senior Manager of the International Business department and core member of KPMG’s Latam Desk, one of our partners.

Among the visitors are Dr. Sérgio Carbonell, director of the Institute of Agronomy (IAC) and researcher, also president of the Executive Secretariat of Agropolo; Dr. Luis Fernando Madi, Director of the Institute of Food Technology (ITAL) and researcher; Dra Renata Arnandes, Director of the Institute of Animal Science (IZ) and researcher; Wander Villalba, Chief Executive Officer of CEASA (Centrais de Abastecimento de Campinas SA); and other representatives of Agropolo, the National Bioethanol Science and Technology Laboratory (CTBE) and Unicamp.

The mission leader is Ernst-Jan Bakker, Innovation Advisor to the Dutch Consulate. “Our initiative aims to promote the knowledge of partnership models adopted by companies and institutions from the public and private sectors in the Netherlands to develop applied research, co-creation and valorization of knowledge, as well as to identify new possibilities for partnerships in bioeconomics research and development, and to continue to support existing partnerships. We will take the opportunity to present the city of Campinas to the Dutch as a research and business hub. ”

The main topics addressed in the visit are agriculture, food, advanced fuels and recovery of biomass residues. The program includes meetings and visits to incubators, research institutes and universities, companies, regional clusters where the public and private sectors work together for the enhancement of knowledge, science parks, among others.

One of the highlights is the visit to the BPF bioprocessing pilot plant, where biomass residues are transformed into chemicals, fuels and ingredients for the pharmaceutical and food sectors. BPF was founded by universities, companies, the European Union, the province of South Holland, the municipalities of Rotterdam, Delft and The Hague, and Dutch Ministries of Economic Affairs and Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality. A clear example of the Dutch model of work, which works in partnership between academia, companies, government and society.

BPF is a center of expertise and technology open to researchers and students from around the world. It is located on the campus of the University of Delft, which also houses Royal DSM (3), a Dutch company that has just finished second place in the Fortune 2017 Change of World for its performance in nutrition in Africa and the Middle East.

In Brazil the biotechnology of Royal DSM is also present. The Dutch company developed a yeast for the Brazilian company GranBio, which converts straw and sugarcane bagasse into second generation ethanol, thus not competing with agricultural production for food.

(1) Agropolo Campinas-Brazil is an interinstitutional platform, based on the concept of collaborative innovation, which aims to develop technical cooperation projects in the areas of agriculture, food, biodiversity, bioenergy, green chemistry and sustainable development. The activities are aimed at research, development and technological innovation, extending to other research institutions and companies based in the regions of Campinas and Montpellier, France.

The Institute of Food Technology (ITAL) and the Biological Institute (IB), State Secretariat for Economic Development, Science, Technology and Innovation, participate in Agropolo Campinas-Brasil, the Secretariat of Agriculture and Supply of the State of São Paulo, Campinas City Hall, Unicamp, Techno Park Campinas – Associtech and the Agropolis International Association.

(2) Process 2016 / 50198-0 – Agropolo Campinas-Brazil: roadmap for identification of strategic areas of research aiming at the creation of a world-class bioeconomic ecosystem

(3) Royal DSM is a science-based company that develops innovative solutions for the food and dietary supplements, personal care, animal feed, medical equipment, automotive, paints, electro-electronics, life protection, alternative energy and biologically based materials. DSM and associated companies annually sell about € 10 billion (Euros) and employ approximately 25,000 people.