VTT becomes an R&D partner in the Think Beyond Plastic innovation ecosystem

8 January 2019

VTT joins the international Think Beyond Plastic’s User Facility Network as an R&D partner. VTT’s role is to support the New Plastic Economy Innovation Center’s innovators and entrepreneurs by offering R&D services to accelerate development of innovations in the area of circular plastics. The collaboration was announced at the New Plastics Economy Investor Forum on 7 December in Frankfurt.

Think Beyond Plastic takes on a global multi-disciplinary effort to commercialize research and innovation eliminating plastic pollution and its health impacts, and to advance the circular economy for plastics – the New Plastics Economy.

To accelerate the pace of discovery and innovation, and also to de-risk corporate investments in R&D, innovation and prototyping, Think Beyond Plastic has launched the User Facility Network. Its purpose is to offer innovators access to equipment and facilities for testing, experimentation and, for example, minimum viable prototype (MVP) development.

“Think Beyond Plastic is harnessing the forces of innovation and entrepreneurship to advance the circular economy for plastics. Our special focus is on new bio-benign materials, green and sustainable chemistry, innovative packaging and product delivery systems. We support innovators by providing a bridge to commercialisation, including industry guidance, mentorship and feedback, access to capital and – a key component for success – infrastructure for testing, prototyping, characterisation and scaling”, says the founder and CEO of Think Beyond Plastic, Daniella Russo.

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