Knowledge Based Bio-Economy towards 2020

Turning Challenges into Opportunities


The Knowledge Based Bio-Economy* focuses on sustainable management, production and use of renewable biological resources, through life sciences and biotechnology and convergence with other technologies, in order to address the great societal challenges, to enhance the EU’s overall competitiveness and to meet high consumer demands.

* Definition in Cologne paper (May 2007): KBBE can be concisely defined as “transforming life sciences knowledge into new, sustainable, eco-efficient and competitive products”.