WE KNOW HOW TO MAKE INDUSTRIAL BIOPROCESSES WORK AT SCALE
Agro: Biomass valorization
Biochemical Industry / Food
Pilot & Demo scale
Agro: Biomass valorization

For companies who are looking to valorize their by-product streams, BPF offers first-rate facilities and a broad experience in processing various biomass sources. Unlike universities, research technology organisations and food research companies, BPF operates in an IP protected industrial setting to validate your company’s business case and to develop the process at pilot scale.

Biochemical Industry / Food

For companies who are looking for a partner with a proven track record in scaling fermentation and DSP processes to help them achieve high-quality commercial production, BPF offers both extensive lab and pilot scale capabilities/facilities and experience. Also in an FSSC 22000 certified food grade environment if required. Unlike universities, research companies and other scale-up service providers, the BPF team offers true industrial thinking on a smaller scale.

Pilot & Demo scale

For companies who are looking to validate and transfer their process to demo scale and need in example a certain level of pre-marketing and registered production, BPF offers extensive pre-treatment, fermentation and DSP experience. BPF operates in an IP protected industrial setting to validate your company’s business case and to develop the integrated process at demo scale (in shift operation).

About the pilot plant

The Bioprocess Pilot Facility B.V. (BPF), situated at the Biotech Campus Delft, the Netherlands, is a unique open access facility where companies and knowledge institutions can develop new sustainable production processes.

Unlock the potential of your biomass feedstock, convert your feedstock to the required product and/or kickstart the decision making to commercial scale? We are here to adapt to your specific piloting needs and bridge the gap between development and commercial scale production.

Our Facilities & Technologies
Pretreatment & hydrolysis
Fermentation
Downstream Processing
Pretreatment & hydrolysis

UNLOCK THE POTENTIAL OF YOUR FEEDSTOCK

The BPF bench scale and pilot scale pretreatment units allow for the breakdown of different types of biomass, including agricultural, forest or food waste residue into fermentable sugars. Hydrolysis vessels enable enzymatic hydrolysis of cellulosic fractions from pretreatment.

Fermentation

Convert feedstock to your desired product

At the BPF fermentation pilot modules sugars are converted into bio-based intermediates using fermentation processes. We can take all kind of micro-organisms like bacterial, fungal, yeast, GMO and non-GMO, to obtain the desired product. 

Downstream Processing

purification tO the required product QUALITY

At the downstream processing module products are purified for applications such as biofuels, biochemicals, food ingredients and pharmaceuticals. On downstream processing BPF is really well equipped to take many processes, for example homogenisation, centrifugation, filtration, extraction and drying.

 

Scale-Up / piloting / demo
Food
Vacancies
Scale-Up / piloting / demo

Kickstart the decision making to commercial scale

The BPF services cover the whole industrial biotechnology process chain, enabling clients from different market segments to test how production processes respond to both scale-up and scale-down including demo-mode operation. Open access and each client’s IP confidentiality/protection are a given at BPF.

Food

BPF HAS A DEDICATED FOOD-AREA TO ENSURE THAT FOOD Ingredients ARE made according food regulations.

Processes and products requiring a food-grade quality are prepared in a dedicated fermentation and downstream processing area.

Vacancies

BPF shall ensure that the pretreatment, fermentation and purification processes and products will be qualitatively and quantitatively optimal.

To realize our growth ambition and continue the successes of our company we are looking for flexible, experienced, hands-on and pro-active colleagues (f/m).

Best practices

Anti-foam agents
Foaming behaviour can have a significant impact on product yields. Foaming behaviour is complex to model and in some cases unpredictable.
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Steam explosion pretreatment
Pretreatment is a growing area of interest with the objective to valorize biomass streams. Getting pretreatment to work on scale is challenging.
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Seed train optimization
The seed train is the starting point for a fermentation process. An optimized seed train on labscale can be a commercial killer on production scale.
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6 reasons to get in touch with us
Time and cost savings
Flexibility
Confidentiality
Close collaboration
Long standing track record
Scale down approach
Time and cost savings

At BPF we have both the industrial scale knowledge and the equipment to help you successfully developing and upscaling your bioprocess. Scale-up research can be very risky and time consuming. BPF helps to reduce costs and time-to-market product development based on

  • industrial scale knowledge
  • extensive and hands on experience with multiple products and processes
  • high flexibility in equipment.
Flexibility

BPF is a downsized plant of a highly complex penicillin production process, implying we can take almost all biotech processes. We have the flexibility to design customer specific processes thanks to the modular setup of our pilot plant. The available modules cover biomass pretreatment, hydrolysis, fermentation and downstream processing.

Confidentiality

BPF recognizes that confidentiality is key for the customer. All BPF staff is bound to a confidential agreement as agreed with the customer. Moreover, the IP rights resulting of the work done at BPF will remain with the users. Open access and each client’s IP confidentiality/protection are a given at BPF.

Close collaboration

Onsite joint execution of project is key for a succesfull project. In this way we make optimal use of both customer’s experience (mainly at labscale) and BPF's scaling-up expertise.

Long standing track record

Our first-rate facilities combined decades of fermentation, downstream processing and bioprocess piloting experience, will help to ensure your next innovation hits its commercial targets.

Scale down approach

The scale down approach is key to success in scaling up biotech processes, baring in mind the increasing complexity and aggressive time to market challenges in today’s biochemical engineering. It's a challenge to convert labscale into industrial scale knowledge; a newly developed process optimized for maximum productivity on labscale likely runs into scale up limitations. You don’t want to become champions at the lab and losers at the plant.