R&D projects

Being a knowledge intensive company, BDS follows the philosophy that participation in national and international research projects creates challenging and important opportunities for knowledge exchange with universities, institutions, and other companies. Moreover, we believe that those cooperations contribute to further development of our portfolio and optimization and demonstration of our technologies to different stakeholders. In addition to active participation in these projects, our scientific staff often plays a coordinating role.

An overview of some major innovation and demonstration projects we participated in is presented below:


PROMISCES – Preventing Recalcitrant Organic Mobile Industrial chemicalS for Circular Economy in the Soil-sediment-water system. EU-H2020 (partner)


SAFFI – Safe food for infants in Europe and China. EU-H2020 (partner, WP leader)

CHAMPION – Circular High-performance Aza-Michael Polymers as Innovative materials Originating from Nature. EU-BBI (partner, WP Leader)

RISK-HUNT3R – RISK assessment of chemicals integrating HUman centric Next generation Testing strategies promoting the 3Rs. EU-H2020 (partner, WP leader)

BIO-DIAGNOSTICSDevelopment of an integrated toolbox for biomass valuation and safety assessment for optimal biomass use in a circular economy. TKI-BBE (partner)


BIOCONSOLE– Developing, optimization & validation of cellulosome based consolidated bioprocesses for pre-treatment and fermentation of biobased feedstocks. TKI-BBE (partner)


RESOLVE – REnewable SOLVEnts with high performance in application and improved toxicity profile. EU H2020 BBI (partner, WP leader)

BIOCOM – Piloting biocommodities – testing, optimization & validation of novel and conventional fermentation feedstocks at pilot scale, and including a semi-closed system for CO2 capture via formic acid and cofeeding into fermentation loops (CFF-loops). TKI-BBE (partner)


FUNGUSCHAIN – Valorisation of mushroom agro-wastes to obtain high value products. EU H2020 BBI  (coordinator)

ProtectED – PROTECTion against Endocrine Disruptors; detection, mixtures, health effects, risk assessment and communication. EU H2020 ITN (partner)


EU-ToxRisk – An Integrated European ‘Flagship’ Program Driving Mechanism-based Toxicity Testing and Risk Assessment for the 21st Century.  EU H2020 (partner, WP leader)

AQUANES – Demonstrating synergies in combined natural and engineered processes for water treatment systems. EU H2020 (partner)


DEMEAU – Demonstration of promising technologies to address emerging pollutants in water and waste water. EU FP7 (partner, WA leader)


BE-Basic – Bio-based Ecologically Balanced Sustainable Industrial Chemistry. FES (coordinator)

ECOLINC – Ecogenomics Innovation Centre. NGI (coordinator)

ZonMw – Dierproeven Begrensd. Validation and implementation of rapid and cost-effective human in vitro screening assays to predict genotoxicity and carcinogenicity of chemicals and pharmaceuticals. (partner)

RAAK-PRO Alternatieve testbatterij voor veiligheid en werking van natuurlijke stoffen. (partner)

ChemScreen – Chemical substance in vitro/in silico evaluation and exclusion system to predict human- and ecotoxicological effects. EU FP7 (coordinator)

Plantlibra – PLANT food supplements: Levels of Intake, Benefit and Risk Assessment. (partner)


Metaexplore – Metagenomics for bioexploration – tools and application. EU FP7 (partner)


Netherlands Toxicogenomics Centre (partner)

Top Institute Pharma – Towards novel translational safety biomarkers for adverse drug toxicity. TI-Pharma (partner)

Food and Nutrition Delta – Assay-toolbox for health effects of functional foods. FND (coordinator)


NewGeneris – Newborns and Genotoxic exposure risks: Development and application of biomarkers of dietary exposure to genotoxic chemicals and biomarkers of precarcinogenic and immunomodulatory effects, using mother-child birth cohorts and biobanks.  EU FP6 IP (partner)

TECHNEAU – Technology enabled universal access to safe water. EU FP6 IP (partner)


Mechanism-based toxicogenomics to develop an in vitro high throughput test for human cancer hazard assessment of (non)-genotoxic chemicals. STW (partner)

FACEiT – Fast advanced cellular and ecosystems information technologies. EU FP6 STREP. (partner)

ZonMw – Development of in vitro test strategies for reproductive toxicity on male germ cell lines. (partner)


Wada – Development and application of a tight bioassay-based control system for steroids and other prohibited substances in sport doping. WADA. (coordinator)

ReProTect – Development of a novel approach in hazard and risk assessment of reproductive toxicity by a combination and application of in vitro, tissue and sensor technologies. EU FP6 IP. (partner) 

Ecogenomics – Assessing the living soil, an ecogenomics approach to explore and unlock sustainable life-support functions of soils. Netherlands Genomics Initiative (coordinator)

Technological collaboration project – Development of techniques to detect and remove contaminants from water and sediment.  Dutch ministry of economic affairs.  (coordinator)