With funding from the Axencia Galega de Innovación through the InnovaPeme 2023-Linea2 program, i-Grape Laboratory will implement a redesign to enhance and increase the efficiency of its production procedures. Among the plan’s objectives, notable targets include an 80% reduction in liquid waste, achieving 70% automation, and a 90% reduction in total waste with its reintroduction into the value chain
This first call funded 50 projects, with up to 25 of those involving counterparts in Africa and the other 25 for North and South America, the Middle East or Asia-Pacific. I-Grape’s competitive proposal for expansion in the Mexican market managed to be among the 25 selected.
University-Business Challenge Contest
The competition is part of the University-Business Knowledge Transfer Plan 2021-2023 developed by the Ministry of Education of the Junta de Castilla y León and the nine universities of Castilla y León in the framework of the Regional Strategy for Research and Innovation for Smart Specialisation of Castilla y León (RIS3) 2021-2027.
In the 2022 edition, the response of the Food, Technology and Health research group (ALTESA) of the University of Burgos to the technological demand presented by i-Grape titled “Validation of active metabolites derived from grapes in the treatment of acute myocardial infarct”, won 3rd prize in the competition.3rd prize in the competition
BIOACTIVE NATURAL EXTRACTS FROM AGRI-FOOD BY-PRODUCTS AS GREEN SOLUTIONS FOR A “ZERO WASTE” APPROACH IN THE AGRICULTURAL SECTOR (GREENVITISV)
R&D&I Project in Public-Private Partnership, of the State Programme to Promote Scientific-Technical Research and its Transfer, of the State Plan for Scientific, Technical and Innovation Research 2021-2023, through the State Innovation Agency (Ministry of Science and Innovation).
The GREENVITISV project has a duration of three years and is carried out in collaboration with two public entities: the Institute of Vine and Wine Sciences, belonging to the State Agency of the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) and the Galician Agency for Food Quality, belonging to the Regional Ministry of Rural Affairs (Xunta de Galicia).
With the aim of contributing to the circular economy and the sustainability of the agri-food sector, phytosanitary-pesticide products based on bioactive extracts from by-products of the wine industry will be developed. These products will be formulated for use against the most common vineyard diseases, thus reducing the use of synthetic pesticides. The use of grape marc extract as an antioxidant and preservative will also be explored for use in wineries as a substitute for sulphur dioxide, the most commonly used additive in the wine industry.
PROGRAMME I INVESTIGATE
‘I Investigate Programme’ enables the recruitment of young researchers seeking employment to carry out research and innovation initiatives, within the framework of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan. Funded by the European Union-NextGenerationEU and managed through the Department of Employment Promotion and Equality of the Xunta de Galicia.
i-Grape will incorporate, thanks to funding from this programme, a new researcher to its R&D team.
RE-ACCIONA PROGRAM: STRATEGIC DEVELOPMET SERVICE COMPETITIVE POTENTIAL ANALYSIS
Service of the Galician Institute for Economic Promotion – IGAPE, that allows to identify and evaluate the factors which define a company capacity to compete in the market using the methodology to find homogeneous transformation matrices. The aim of this service is to give an answer to the following objectives:
i-Grape collaborates with three research groups of the Universities of León and Salamanca in three different projects, funded by the General Foundation of the University of León and the Business (FGULEM) and the General Foundation of the University of Salamanca, respectively, in the framework of the TCUE Plan 2021-2023 (https://www.redtcue.es/tcue/que-es-tcue), co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Junta de Castilla y León.
i-Grape extracts have been selected in these projects because of their excellent antimicrobial and antioxidant properties due to its high content of polyphenols (proanthocyanodins). Two research lines will be explored, concerning the treatment of heart failure and the in vitro assays for sperm preservation.
Lanzadera University of León (2 projects)
Lanzadera University of Salamanca (1 project):
NeoGiANT (The power of grape extracts: antimicrobial and antioxidant properties to prevent the use of antibiotics in farmed animals) is an innovation action (IA) from the H2020 of the EU led by the University of Santiago de Compostela.
The aim of the NeoGiANT project is to develop a series of new products ( animal feed, desease treatment products and sperm preservatives) based on our natural extracts in order to decrease the use of antibiotics in animal husbandry and replace synthetic preservatives.
The i-Grape extracts from grape marc are the whole project base. The new products will have as an active ingredient our extracts obtained from Vitis vinifera through a sustainable and patented extraction process.
The 4-year project financed with more than 8.3 million euros will be carried out by a consortium coordinated by the University of Santiago de Compostela and formed by 20 partners from 9 countries (ES, UK, PL, CZ, HU, DE, PT, BE and AR): 4 higher education institutions (Universities of Santiago de Compostela, Porto, Berlin and South Bohemia in the Czech Republic), 5 research organisations (MRI, IBPRS, VRI, MATE and CONICET), 5 SMEs (i-Grape Laboratory, Contactica, Anitom, LifeBioEncapsulation, Bianor Biotech) and three big companies (CZ Vaccines, Magapor and Nutrition Science)- as well as the Association of Young Farmers (ASAJA) and the Spanish Association for Standardisation (UNE).
Individual project presented by i-Grape to the H2020 EIC SME Instrument phase 2 call in October 2020. The development of the extracts obtained by i-Grape for uses as veterinary medicine, food additives and biopesticide were considered. This project was awarded with the “Seal of Excelence” of the European Commission.
Project in consortium presented to the call H2020-BBI-JTI-2019 – IA DEMO (H2020-BBI-JTI-2019)topic: BBI-2019-SO3-D3. This project was awarded with the “Synergy Label” by the Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU)
BioIncubaTech is the High Technology Incubator made for the biotechnological innovation foment and transference in the health and food technology field in SMEs.
BioIncubaTech is an initiative created by the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain), financed by the INCYDE foundation, included and financed in the FEDER operative program for Intelligent Growth 2014ES16RFOP001, through the Intermediate Organism, Chamber of Commerce in Spain.
BioIncubaTech takes part on the project “High Technology Incubators for the innovation foment and the technology transference to SMEs”, in order to promote a modernization of the region’s productive framework.
i-Grape Laboratory was one of the few companies which were selected in the first call after a selection process among candidates from all over Spain.
Individual project presented to the GAIN call: <<Aid for the granting of subsidies for the promotion of Galician participation in the Framework Programme for Research and Innovation of the European Union (Horizon 2020).>>. Selected Project