Year in review: Planet B.io highlights of 2022
The beginning of a new year is always a great opportunity to take stock of the one that has just ended. We are proud to have 16 amazing biotech companies settled in our building and of what they have accomplished over the year. We are happy to see our community outside of Delft growing too, with new Planet-B.io members and expanding networks that support our mission; Creating a better world with biotech.
We look forward to continuing our mission in 2023: our local community can grow further when we open our second building next summer, while our collaboration with growing networks such as Protein Port, Cellular Agriculture Netherlands and Biotech Booster will strengthen our position to contribute to a sustainable economy.
We have gathered the year’s highlights in the overview below, which shows some of 2022’s high moments, new residents and members, new working groups, projects or publications, news that you may have missed or forgotten as you follow our channels throughout the year.
Take a quick look at some of the highlights of the past year and join us in celebrating these successes.
January 2022: Planet B.io welcomes Proteins of Tomorrow, a start-up company that combines food technology and biotechnology to create mycoprotein muscle tissue.
March 2022: Planet B.io together with InnovationQuarter take the initiative to start a consortium of regional frontrunners in the field of alternative proteins: Protein Port. The initiative is supported through a grant from the Province of South Holland.
April 2022: The Planet B.io membership is launched. Sophie’s BioNutrients, a startup from Singapore focusing on sustainable protein production, is our first member.
April 2022: We reach an agreement with VWR on discounts on chemicals and consumables for all Planet B.io residents.
April 2022: The Dutch Government announces the result of the second round of the National Growth Fund. Two projects that Planet B.io is involved in – Biotech Booster and Cellular Agriculture -, will receive significant financial support.
May 2022: We welcome Bialtec, a Colombian scaleup, which develop a biotechnological platform that allows them to design microencapsulated microbiomes, which rearrange the intestinal ecosystem into a more efficient and healthy one.
June 2022: Planet B.io and InnovationQuarter organize and host the Protein Port Kickoff Event with over 60 frontrunners in the sustainable protein space. During the interactive afternoon, we talk about the future of alternative proteins in South Holland. How can the region realize its full potential as a hotspot for alternative proteins, and how can the Protein Port network support?
June 2022: We welcome Rianne Schoonderwoerd, our new Management Assistant.
June 2022: Together with HollandBIO and Johnson & Johnson, Planet B.io organizes the event ‘Bridging Dutch Biotech from bench to business’ to explore best practices for bringing science "from idea to impact". The event brings together more than 100 stakeholders including start-ups, industry, Technology Transfer Organizations, academia, investors and enabling organizations.
July 2022: We welcome Proeon, an R&D driven ingredient innovation company from India that develops plant-based proteins that are comparable to animal sources in nutritional value and better for the population and planet.
August 2022: During the holiday season we keep it cool on Campus: Luciano Meesterlijk IJs is on site to treat all our residents to ice cream to beat the heat wave and re-energize.
September 2022: We welcome Fenneke Jolink, our new Project Manager
September 2022: Our annual ‘Summer BBQ’ for our residents and members is a great success.
October 2022: Global, carbon-recycling frontrunner LanzaTech sets up a European office at the Biotech Campus Delft.
October 2022: Dutch government confirms €60M investment into Cellular Agriculture.
October 2022: Planet B.io and Inholland announce to collaborate on developing new talent for our region's fast-growing biotech companies and provide solutions to tomorrow's global food challenge. We receive a significant project contribution from MRDH. This co-financing will contribute to creating a new bio and food technology education, new teaching spaces on the campus and the start-up of the educational function on the Biotech Campus Delft.
November 2022: The second Protein Port event ‘Shaping the Sustainable Protein Transition’ is organized at Naturalis in Leiden.
November 2022: Planet B.io announces that the renovation works have started to turn our neighbouring building into Planet B.io's second multi-tenant building. We expect the workspaces to become available per August 2023.
December 2022: We host our last community event of the year; a Christmas / end-of-year breakfast for all residents. We enjoy the delicacies provided and share the Highlights of the year.