Bioenvision's first commercial breakthrough for D-Pyre, an environmentally friendly flame retardant product, opens up new product opportunities for the research-intensive company established in the research facilities at Herøya Forskningspark.
Alfa and Omega
"The first two commercial contracts are alpha and omega for us, say the Bioenvision management, Morten Eikenes, CEO and Espen Solberg, CCO. "This means that players in the transport and sports industry have approved products for use both as flame retardants and as substitutes for environmentally toxic chemicals.
Interest opens up more possibilities
In addition, the breakthrough has sparked great interest and opened up more product possibilities.
"The exciting thing now is that we have a lot of possibilities," says Espen Solberg. "This is where the research team comes in, that there is a development between the customer and the lab. We can send our samples to the customers, then they can test, and maybe adjust a little the way they do things, and we adjust. It can go back and forth, perhaps several times, before we find the right formulation. It is tailor-made, and takes time. But now we have many things going on, especially within flame retardants for the transport industry. That is the main focus going forward."
Gearing up R&D
Funzionano's research team is gearing up R&D activities in the hunt for green products in the test laboratories in Herøya Forskningspark.
"We are very involved together with our customers," say the researchers, Sissel Bjørge, Brian Wabende and Darya Zeini.
Sissel Bjørge, the last new employee in October 2022, believes that all green products start in the research team.
"Very often it starts with the R&D team working together with the customer to create the product. This works best for the customer. We work closely with customers, who help us in the further development phase."
Find new areas
Darya Zeini, also a newly employed researcher at Funzionano since September last year, believes that the best thing about Bioenvision's technology is that it can be tailored to customers' needs. She likes that customers become partners with the research team.
"We need feedback and input when we develop and improve the products, but also find more areas where we can get involved and help customers."
Brian Wabende adds that they are constantly working to adapt the product related to the need and what suits customers.
"It is a big collaboration, a collaboration that is important for developing both products and also the company," the researchers believe.
Presenting the researchers
05. January 2023