Welcome to the International Industrial Biotechnology Network!

IIBN – a catalyst for South-South and North-South partnerships, connecting knowledge centers and industries active in plant and industrial biotechnology, an innovation-driven pillar of the Knowledge-Based Bio-Economy 

Established in 2010, IIBN’s vision is to combine development cooperation with innovations in plant and industrial biotechnology to help reduce hunger and poverty while conserving biodiversity. IIBN’s concept fits in a global industrial innovation process whereby plants or plant biomass is increasingly used for more sustainable production of food, feed, fibre, pharmaceutical products, chemicals and energy as a substitute for fossil-derived resources such as petroleum and coal.

IIBN is a joint initiative of the VIB-Ghent University, Institute of Plant Biotechnology Outreach (Belgium), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO, Austria), and the Government of Flanders and was initiated March 2010. IIBN was set up within the framework of UNIDO’s Programs on Resource Use Efficiency and Sustainable Agribusiness.

IIBN facilitates access to biotechnology know how and solutions for developing and emerging economies in manners supportive of their development priorities.