Official opening of Avebe Innovation Centre

28 Sep 2018
After a construction period of more than a year, the new Avebe Innovation Centre at the Zernike Campus in Groningen was officially opened today by René Paas, King's Commissioner for the province of Groningen.

New innovation centre combines knowledge and stimulates cooperation

Avebe employees have now started working at the centre on innovations in the field of potato starch and potato protein. The first startup has already moved into the building and the next companies are already eager to become part of this innovation hotspot in Agrifood.

Built by construction consortium BAM/Trebbe on behalf of project developer Triade, the building is a complete innovation centre including a laboratory, a test facility, offices and a customer innovation centre. Avebe has moved all its existing lab facilities to the new building at the Zernike Campus in Groningen. The Groningen knowledge institutes Groningen University, University Medical Centre Groningen and Hanze University of Applied sciences Groningen create a strong link when it comes to cooperation in education and research.

In addition to Avebe’s own space for offices and research, the building also has space for startups in the Innolab Agrifood, developed by Campus Groningen and partners. Innolab Agrifood stimulates and facilitates entrepreneurship. It provides lab facilities, but also business support, including in the areas of business development, strategy, intellectual property and patenting. This Innolab presents opportunities for students and innovators to further develop their own initiatives. Bert Jansen, Avebe’s CEO: “Innovation is in our DNA and helps us to achieve a good return for our members, not only today but also in the future. By combining forces, this can now be done faster, better and more efficiently. This will enable us to respond even better to market developments.”

During the opening, more than 200 guests experienced for themselves what is happening in the area of potato starch and potato protein innovation. Visitors were given the opportunity to visit the laboratories after the festive opening ceremony to see for themselves and sometimes also to taste the products in which the ingredients from the potato are used. Potato starch and protein are used in food, animal feed, construction and industry.

On the picture from left to right: Bert Jansen, René Paas en Edward van der Meer (Triade).

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