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Biosafe joins EuropaBio as an associate member

Biosafe is now a member of EuropaBio

We are glad to announce that we have been accepted as an associate member of EuropaBio, Europe’s largest and most influential biotech industry organization.

Biosafe joins EuropaBio as an associate member

On September 3, 2020, Biosafe Oy was accepted as a member of EuropaBio, Europe’s largest and most influential biotech industry organization.

EuropaBio aims to actively promote the competitiveness of the EU biotech industry by ethical and socially responsible means. EuropaBio has a direct dialogue with both the European Parliament and the Commission. EuropaBio’s three main areas of activity include healthcare, industrial, and agriculture and food biotechnology.

EuropaBio represents 81 corporate and associate members, as well as regional biotechnology players and 15 national biotechnology organizations, representing more than 1 800 biotechnology SMEs across Europe. From Finland, the organization includes the Finnish Bioindustry Association as a national industry association and one Finnish bioindustrial company as an associate member. Biosafe Oy is the second Finnish company to be accepted as an associate member.

Biosafe Oy is a Kuopio-based company offering laboratory and consultation services. The company’s core expertise is to investigate the safety and to help authorize new ingredients developed by food and feed industry customers.  Most of our customers are global companies, and about 95% of our turnover comes from outside Finland. We help our customers commercialize products on the European market that require the prior approval of the Commission, including food enzymes, novel foods and feed additives. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has developed detailed guidance on the safety studies required for such approval. “We specialize in such safety studies,” explains Pauliina Halimaa, CEO of Biosafe Oy, “we work with companies and authorities and ensure that the studies submitted for authorization can receive a favorable decision from EFSA.”

Even before being accepted as a member of EuropaBio, Biosafe has been invited to participate in several working groups of EuropaBio. The issues that have been raised relate to the far-reaching problems identified in the legislation and its interpretations, with a view to finding lasting solutions. “It has been eye-opening how strong competitors are acting together and finding common grounds for important issues affecting the future,” says Halimaa. Biosafe is proud of its membership and is grateful for the opportunity to actively contribute to the development and success of European biotechnology.

More information about the EuropaBio network is available here: https://www.europabio.org/

For any questions or collaborations, please contact our Biosafe team.

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Regulated microbes and their products: News and challenges in EU risk assessment – Register for the seminar

Regulated microbes and their products: News and challenges in EU risk assessment
Online interactive seminar series – Register here

Introduction
Microorganisms are used in the food chain as well as production organisms or viable microorganisms. This 4-part series of online, interactive seminars provides an overview of the relevant regulatory bodies within the EU, with an emphasis on the use and regulation of microorganisms in the food chain. The new EFSA regulation concerning transparency and sustainability in the food chain and its consequences will be addressed in depth. Further, questions and problems that are regularly encountered by the applicants will be considered at the practical level.

In case of technical problems, please contact teemu.kuhmonen@biosafe.fi.

Program and schedule

Timeslots for questions and discussion are available during and after each talk. Questions can be asked throughout the interactive seminar. If you would prefer to ask a question anonymously, please send your question(s) to info@biosafe.fi as early as possible.

September 16, 2020: 9.00-10.30 CET (10.00-11.30 EST)
8.45 Welcome and webinar instructions. Please join the seminar to make sure the connection works
9.00 Risk assessment of microorganisms intentionally used in the food chain with a focus on feed additives
Dr. Montserrat Anguita (EFSA)
9.45 Qualified Presumption of Safety: Can my microbe get a QPS status and what should I do to get it? What is the advantage of having the status?
Lieve Herman (ILVO, Belgium, Chair of the EFSA QPS working group)

October 14, 2020: 9.00-10.30 CET

8.45 Welcome and webinar instructions
9.00 Case of microbes/microbial products in feed additives
Prof. Atte von Wright (Biosafe)
9.45 Quality criteria for analytical studies
Dr. Jouni Heikkinen (Biosafe)
November 12, 2020: 9.00-10.30 CET
8.45 Welcome and webinar instructions
9.00 Genes of concern (primarily concerning AMR)
Prof. Sirpa Kärenlampi (Biosafe)
9.45 Absence of cells, presence of DNA; sampling and other things to consider
Dr. Pauliina Halimaa (Biosafe)

December 10, 2020: 9.00-10.30 CET

8.45 Welcome and webinar instructions
9.00 Transparency regulation, what are the consequences for the industry?
Ruud Bremmers, (Managing Director, Regal B.V.)
9.45 Whole genome sequencing and bioinformatics analysis; new guidance from EFSA; how to understand/use the data; what can WGS achieve/not achieve
Dr. Jenny Makkonen and Dr. Daniel Blande (Biosafe)

Please send any queries or advance session questions to info@biosafe.fi. All sessions will be recorded and made available for download to registered participants.

Price: 200 €* / company unit / four seminars (max 3 attendees/company unit)
Individual seminar 50 €*

*Does not include VAT (if applicable). The participation fee is non-refundable.

Please remember to register for the second seminar by 12.00 CET on October 13, 2020.

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Pauliina Halimaa
pauliina.halimaa@biosafe.fi
+35840 640 3225