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Period 01.10.2023-30.09.2025

Health4Cardio EE-LV00035

Jointly and smartly growing businesses

Specific objective: 2.1: Enhancing sustainable growth and competitiveness of SMEs and job creation in SMEs, including by productive investments

Short description

Health4Cardio is a cross-border cooperation project between BioCC OÜ (Estonia) and SISTEMU INOVACIJAS JSC – Si Biotech (Latvia). The project’s focus is to use cross-border knowledge transfer to improve the partners’ capacity to develop a prototype of an innovative new dietary supplement. The partners have their own individual strengths and expertise in production and distribution. BioCC works with high qualitative lactic acid bacteria cultures and is competent in conducting clinical trials with probiotics and functional foods, whereas Si Biotech is specialized in the extraction of natural substances using modern and green extraction methods, (CO2 supercritical fluid extraction) both for research and production. The common challenge is to find a technological solution to combine a clinically researched and patented probiotic bacteria strain with sea-buckthorn (Hippiophae rhamnoides) seed oil and find a suitable delivery form to determine health benefits for cardiovascular- and gut health.

Result

Completing these actions will create innovative technologies through sharing of knowledge and consequential product development. A jointly developed technology will raise both partners’ competitiveness and growth thanks to cross-border cooperation, knowledge transfer, and innovation.

Total budget: 577 375 €

Co-financing from the European Union Regional Development Fund (ERDF): 461 900 €

Contact person:

Liina Kuus

liina.kuus@biocc.ee

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Period 01.06.2023−31.05.2026

Development of microbial plant culture-based biostimulators with a specific function for the production of fertilizer products (including mineral-fertilizers, organic and/or organic-mineral).

Project objectives

The idea of ​​the project is to develop microbial plant culture-based biostimulators with a specific function and technologies for their use for the production of fertilizer products (including mineral fertilizers, organic and/or organic-mineral) to reduce carbon-intensive agrochemicals and promote the soil microbiome for farmers, organic producers and fertilizer producers.

The planned result of the project

Agriculturally oriented crop- specific domestic origin used throughout the temperate geographical region, microbial plant culture-based biostimulators with a specific function for wheat, rapeseed, alfalfa, which, individually or in the composition of fertilizer products, increase the yield of the crop, enrich the plant's microbiota and thereby improve plant health, resistance to abiotic stress factors (e.g. climate change) due to higher air temperature, drought, stronger wind, etc.; anthropogenic factors, e.g. heavy metals in the soil, etc.). As an added value of the project, new scientific information will be generated about the distribution routes of antibiotic resistance genes and the possibilities for their control, which in turn will help increase the healthiness of the microbiota of animals and humans.

Total budget: 1 980 632 €

Applied Research Program

European Regional Development Fund

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Period 01.07.2015-31.12.2023

HEALTHY FOOD (EU48686)

Short description of the project

BioCC OÜ, in cooperation with its partners, develops new science-based solutions throughout the entire food chain — from animal breeding, feeding and keeping to the creation of health-friendly products and clinical trials to prove their healthiness.

In the course of research and development, innovative biotechnological solutions for the creation of feed additives, foods and nutritional supplements are created and implemented, integrating and developing BioCC, partners and international microbiology, biochemistry, genetics, metabolomics, genomics, bioinformatics, physiology and clinical competence.

Targets:

  1. to develop products with increased nutrient density for the general population and specific population groups

  2. to develop functional products on the basis of probiotic strains

  3. to establish a biotechnological platform based on biomarkers and novel selection traits for resource-effective production of high-quality raw milk with elevated nutrient density to meet increased consumer demand.

Results

In the course of the project, new zootechnical and technological additives, probiotic microbes, fermentation microbes for food products and functional health-supporting products for various target groups are developed, including probiotic food supplements, services related to the functionality and effect of food and animal feed, and a laboratory for clinical and physiological research. A cattle welfare protocol was drawn up, the implementation of which makes it possible to more effectively find connections between dairy cow milk components and welfare markers, contributing to the improvement of health indicators and production efficiency. Developed novel selection traits and new selection technologies and specific genomic research for resource-efficient production of high-quality raw milk.

Total budget: 11 340 494,73 €

Project co-financing: 6 533 023,29 €

Co-financing from the European Union Regional Development Fund

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01.01.2021-31.12.2023

BIOCOAT (S-BMP-21-1- (LT08-2-LMT-K-01-046)

An edible coating (Biocoat) formulated with liquid acid whey protein concentrate and bio active compounds, in combination with biodegradable packaging to ensure safety, extend the shelf life and enhance functionality of probiotic cheese.

The project is designed to respond to consumer demand for sustainable, safe and healthy foods and to find a new way to value sour whey.

The aim of the project is to develop an edible coating (Biocoat) created by combining sour whey protein concentrate and bioactive compounds with a biodegradable package to ensure the safety of probiotic cheese, extend its shelf life and increase its functional properties.

 

Project objectives

  • Develop an edible coating where sour whey protein concentrate is used as a carrier for bioactive compounds;

  • Choose biodegradable packaging with suitable physico-chemical and microbiological parameters for probiotic cheese;

  • To analyze the effect of combining both edible coating and biodegradable packaging on the safety and quality of probiotic cheese during the shelf life;

  • To analyze the interactions between the lactic acid bacteria in the coating film and the probiotic bacteria in the cheese on the contact surface between the coating and the cheese;

  • To analyze the effect of cheeses with a novel edible coating on the gastrointestinal microbiota in an intestinal model system.

Result

Prototype of patented edible coating (Biocoat); scientific information for its production edible coating.

Funding scheme: EEA Financial Mechanism

Total project cost: 973 530  €

Project manager: Lithuanian University of Health Sciences

Project partners: Nofima, Norway, Latvian University of Agriculture, BioCC OÜ

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Period 15.08.2019-14.04.2022

Bio4Asia

Short descriptionBio4ASIA is a cooperation project between two similar companies working in the same industry – producing of food supplements – and based on similar needs and ambitions: to expand and diverse market of their products in order to develop companies and make them competitive in long terms. However, both companies are having different competences and strenghts in different areas of producing and distribution. BioCC OÜ is focused on work with high qualitative lactic acid bacteria cultures and LotosPharma SIA is producing wide assortment of dry forms of medicine and food supplement.

Objective

The main objective of the Bio4ASIA project is to increase competitiveness of the Project partners in order to expand and diverse the market and ensure long term stability of the production and growth of the turnover.

Results

  1. a new dietary supplement – digestive stimulant for South-East Asia market ready to be registered (full documents package including at least 12 months stability results (the minimum lenght of shelf-life)),

  2. new contacts, developed existing contacts during participation in 4-5 international fairs,

  3. signed intention letters or similar agreements on the further cooperation on distribution of EE / LV products.

Total budget: 466 312 €

ERDF Co-financing from the European Regional Development Fund: 306 962, 70 €

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Period 01.07.2019-31.12.2022

SUPPORTING TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT CENTERS
Linking Science to Health

Project short description:

The goal of the project is to make BioCC OÜ more internationally recognised and increase competitiveness as well as find ways to increase the export of R&D services. For the completion of the project activities related to market development, internationalisation and knowledge transfer are executed. 

Amount of support: 101 500, 00€

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Period 15.01.2019-10.01.2021

EAS EXPORT SUBSIDIES

BioCC OÜ eksport 2019-2020

Project short description

The aim of the project is to increase BioCC-s international recognition and to raise the visibility of brand Nordwise® (food supplements and probiotics) export. Finding ways to develop products, sound market and its future trends and find new cooperation partners. 

Grant amount: 49 200 €

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Period 01.07.2009 - 30.06.2015

Bio-Competence Centre of Healthy Dairy Products (EU30002)

The focus of the Bio-Competence Centre of Healthy Dairy Products (project EU 30002) was to enhance the industry’s competitiveness and profitability through innovative solutions, encompassing the whole chain (feed industry, dairy breeding and nutrition, dairy technology, human nutrition and medicine) of the production of healthy added-value milk and dairy products.

Total budget: 8 356 276,61 €

Co-financing: European Regional Development Fund (EU30002) 5 813 480,55 €

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