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Zentiva Srbija – Recipient Of The Global Acknowledgement Great Place To Work®

Behind the Zentiva Serbia team stands a unique development story, whose excellence is a reflection of trust, respect and support. This has now been...

Doinita Mihai, Vice President Of Public Affairs, Eastern Europe South, TOMRA

Developing Deposit-Return Systems

Topics like climate change, land and marine pollution, and dependence on fossil fuels amid increasing demand for resources from a growing population all represent...

AstraZeneca

AstraZeneca And Urban Beekeeping

As a socially responsible company, AstraZeneca has joined the urban beekeeping project in Belgrade that is being implemented in cooperation with the Nordic Business...

Vladimir Mitić, CEO, Visa Prom d.o.o. (Ltd.)

Respecting Nature, Nurturing Quality

Visa-Prom, one of the largest primary wood processors in the Republic of Serbia, which has been operating successfully since 1992, this year marks the...

Lindström

Why Buy When You Can Rent?

Finnish company Lindstrom has been present on the Serbian market for the last eight years and provides rental services for workwear and uniforms, as...

Jasmina Nikodinović-Runić, Scientific Advisor Of The Laboratory For Microbial Molecular Genetics And Ecology ((LMMGe) And The Institute Of Molecular Genetics And Genetic Engineering (IMGGE), University Of Belgrade

Remarkable Successes Exist, But Are Rare

Scientific advisor of the laboratory for microbial molecular genetics and ecology (LMMGE) and the institute of molecular genetics and genetic engineering (IMGGE), University of Belgrade

Climate change, the circular economy, sustainable mobility, food security, health and sustainable agriculture are key challenges that will shape the future of our society. With the Green Deal, the EU has set an ambitious strategy to achieve climate neutrality, transition to a circular economy and develop a more sustainable food system. Our food, cosmetics, clothing and other products and consumables across our lives need to become leaner and greener, and biotechnology solutions can contribute to responding to this need.

Although mostly imperceptible to us, microorganisms play key roles in carbon and nutrient cycling, human, animal and plant health, and failing to appreciate the importance of microbial processes fundamentally limits our understanding of Earth’s biosphere and our response to climate change, thus jeopardising efforts to create an environmentally sustainable future. Microbes are also a source of various products with applications across all major industries, including the pharmaceutical, chemical, food, environmental and agricultural industries. Microbial diversity provides a massive pool of inimitable chemicals, which are today becoming a treasured source for innovative biotechnology.

The eco-biotechnology and drug development group from the institute of molecular genetics and genetic engineering (University of Belgrade) is making remarkable progress on the biotechnological conversion of a variety of waste streams and by-products

Advanced molecular biotechnologies, incorporating the concepts and techniques of genetic engineering, molecular biology, systems and synthetic biology, evolutionary engineering, as well as green chemistry, biocatalysis and process engineering offer a conceptual and technological framework to expedite the creation of new enzymes and pathways, or the modification of existing ones, for the optimal production of desired products. By enabling the design of microorganisms a la carte, one can envisage an increase in the range of compounds that can be produced in an environmentally-friendly way to meet a large number of human needs – from drugs to new materials – thus increasing efficiency and decreasing undesirable Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

While Europe has a globally-recognised, high-performing scientific research community that has translated into industrial innovations – particularly innovations supporting the Green Agenda – in countries like Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark and Ireland, regions like the Balkans (including Serbia) lag behind due to a lack of public and private investment in fundamental and applied environmental research.

On the other hand, the Eco-Biotechnology and Drug Development Group from the Institute of Molecular Genetics and Genetic Engineering (University of Belgrade) is making remarkable progress on the biotechnological conversion of a variety of waste streams and by-products into next generation biopigments (biobased dyes), biotherapeutics and biopolymers, which are intended for high value added applications that create an environmental and economic value. As such, they are part of two pan-EU consortia working on the “BioICEP” (www.bioicep. eu) and recently approved “EcoPlastiC” projects that provide for the innovative biotechnological upcycling of plastic waste into valuable bioplastic materials that are proving to be part of the solution for the global problem of plastic pollution.

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Learning From Champions

As this special edition shows, Nordic countries have been exerting considerable efforts to assist Serbia in its green transition, by sharing Nordic experiences in...

Comment By Zoran Panović

Actively Waiting

The third government of Ana Brnabić isn’t irritating, in terms of personnel, for either the West or Russia. It does still have a ministry...

Duško Lopandić, Diplomat And Vice President Of The European Movement In Serbia

Shooting Stars

Although “The centre is still holding on” in Europe, we are increasingly seeing the appearance on the political scene of instant right-wing or far-right...

Milan Blagojević, Researcher At The Institute Of Social Sciences

The Right Has De-radicalised And Moved Closer To The Political Mainstream

The rise of the right could certainly complicate decision-making processes at the EU level, and we can assume that the conservative Hungarian-Polish bloc will...

German Ambassador Konrad Visits The City Of Pirot

The Ambassador of the SR of Germany in Serbia, Anke Konrad, visited the city of Pirot, where, in addition...

Uzice To Become The Cultural Capital Of Serbia In 2024

The working group for the preparation and implementation of the "Cultural Capital of Serbia" program has chosen the city...

Kosovo, Serbia Reach Deal To End Dangerous Dispute Over Car Plates -EU

Kosovo and Serbia reached a deal on Wednesday to end a nearly two-year dispute over car licence plates in...

Foreign Investors Council Presented The White Book 2022

In the year when the Foreign Investors Council (FIC) marks the 20th anniversary of its establishment and operation, the...

Address By Josep Borell After The Meeting With Vučić And Kurti

EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy Josep Borell addressed the public after a meeting with Serbian President...

German Ambassador Konrad Visits The City Of Pirot

The Ambassador of the SR of Germany in Serbia, Anke Konrad, visited the city of Pirot, where, in addition...

Uzice To Become The Cultural Capital Of Serbia In 2024

The working group for the preparation and implementation of the "Cultural Capital of Serbia" program has chosen the city...

Kosovo, Serbia Reach Deal To End Dangerous Dispute Over Car Plates -EU

Kosovo and Serbia reached a deal on Wednesday to end a nearly two-year dispute over car licence plates in...

Foreign Investors Council Presented The White Book 2022

In the year when the Foreign Investors Council (FIC) marks the 20th anniversary of its establishment and operation, the...

Address By Josep Borell After The Meeting With Vučić And Kurti

EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy Josep Borell addressed the public after a meeting with Serbian President...

German Ambassador Konrad Visits The City Of Pirot

The Ambassador of the SR of Germany in Serbia, Anke Konrad, visited the city of Pirot, where, in addition...

Uzice To Become The Cultural Capital Of Serbia In 2024

The working group for the preparation and implementation of the "Cultural Capital of Serbia" program has chosen the city...

Kosovo, Serbia Reach Deal To End Dangerous Dispute Over Car Plates -EU

Kosovo and Serbia reached a deal on Wednesday to end a nearly two-year dispute over car licence plates in...

Foreign Investors Council Presented The White Book 2022

In the year when the Foreign Investors Council (FIC) marks the 20th anniversary of its establishment and operation, the...

Address By Josep Borell After The Meeting With Vučić And Kurti

EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy Josep Borell addressed the public after a meeting with Serbian President...
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