Originally the company Inobiostar, MB was established as a spin-off company of Klaipeda university (Lithuania) in 2020 in order to develop deep tech innovations towards clean seas, while the idea arised from the joint collaboration of two scientists Tatjana Paulauskiene and Marija Katarzyte few years earlier.
Shortly after the establishment we applied for our first EU patent.
Our mission – responsible R&D toward a sustainable future for all.
Our vision – Inobiostar is an Innovation hub significantly contributing to the global challenges of society.
Together with the strategic partner – Klaipeda University we implemented the product commercialisation project InoBioTech Baltija (Development of a biotechnological treatment method for oil spills in the Baltic Sea) with the grant from the National Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology.
We were excited to participate in “TechHub” pre-accelerator program for start-ups where the idea of InnoAerogel became TOP5 at TechHub Demo Day.
We were selected to be a part of “Baltics & Slovakia ClimAccelerator: Accelerator for climate-positive start-ups” supported by Climate-KIC.
This year Inobiostar became a member of Cleantech cluster Lithuania.
Inobiostar became a part of BlueInvest Community! This is a community where entrepreneurs, investors, corporates and innovation stakeholders can plug in to the blue economy.
We were granted by WomenTech programme – a new initiative of the EU helping to grow into tomorrow’s deep tech champions.
Inobiostar was selected for the BlueInvest Readiness Assistance! We received coaching tailored to our business needs, with the aim to increase investment readiness.
Inobiostar stepped in a strategic partnership with Klaipeda University and Port of Klaipeda, bringing together expertise, innovation, and dedication to tackle one of the planet’s pressing challenges: oil spills.
Our innovation is protected by the European patent “Method for Petroleum Hydrocarbon Bioremediation Using Fungi” (No. EP3865460).
We are looking forward for the upcoming steps of our journey towards a sustainable future for all.
Even though we are currently moving toward a fossil-free economy, the world is significantly dependent on oil. Machines burn fuels and have leakages, affecting water quality, human health, ecosystems and economy. With the limitations and environmental concerns tied to the currently used solutions, a rising demand emerges for innovative alternatives.
There are microorganisms that use oil as food. And we have only to create the best conditions for them to fight with oil spills. So, in our lab we are combining those microorganisms with natural support materials like straw and saw dust, as well as simulating different application scenarios. What is great about those microorganisms is that they naturally exist in the Baltic Sea environment, meaning that this technology will not cause secondary pollution.
Our innovation holds the European patent “Method for Petroleum Hydrocarbon Bioremediation Using Fungi” (No. EP3865460), highlighting its novelty and ingenuity.
Production technology consist of few steps:
We extract oil-degrading microorganisms from the Baltic Sea environment
We cultivate oil-degrading microorganisms in the laboratory
We integrate oil degrading microorganisms on hydrophobized straw
In cooperation with the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania, Klaipeda State Seaport Authority (Lithuania) and Klaipeda University (Lithuania) our blue biotechnology was tested in real-life conditions at Klaipeda port area.
For this testing, the oil-degrading microorganisms were integrated in a different material as a proof of concept: the agriculture residue – straw, was chosen among different matrixes.
using agriculture residue
easily adapted to different regions
widely applied at any distances from shore and water depth
InnoAerogel, at its core, is an ultralight, super-absorbent derived from recycled paper waste. Breakthrough innovation is the integration of oil-degrading microorganisms into the structure of aerogel that expedites the cleaning of oil spills, the biodegradation process, and so minimizes the environmental impact by solving the problem of disposing of used material.
InnoAerogel’s solution complies with the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations and the European Union Policies, encompassing the Circular Economy Action Plan, the Green Deal and Marine Strategy Framework Directive – the Biodiversity Strategy for 2030.
Production technology consist of few steps. Each of them adds new properties to make product best on the market.
We take waste paper, mix it with the water to reach uniform distribution
We freeze dry it to create extremely high porosity
We modify surface to absorb only fuel, but not water
We integrate special microorganisms inside the aerogel to make the biodegradation process even faster
Despite the wide application possibilities of aerogel (wastewater treatment from dyes sorbent, insulation material, biomed application etc.), currently we are concentrating on oil spills clean-up and focusing on a shipping and coast guard first.
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📢 We recently had a fantastic annual meeting with the Cleantech Cluster Lithuania, where we warmly welcomed new members 🤝 , celebrated our achievements , and outlined exciting plans for the future. It's truly fulfilling to be part of such a dynamic and forward-thinking community. ✨ Join us in our journey towards innovation and sustainability! #Community #Partnership #CleanTech #sustainability
📢 We are happy to announce the launch of our brand new Inobiostar website! 🌐 Get to know our journey and explore the innovative solutions we're developing to make a positive impact on the world. 🌍 💫 👉 https://inobiostar.com/ #WebsiteLaunch #Sustainability #BlueEconomy
📢📢📢 We start the New Year with the great opportunities! Our innovation, the “Method for Petroleum Hydrocarbon Bioremediation Using Fungi” 🦠️, has just been patent-protected by the European Patent Office 🇪🇺, and we are now ready to licence technology to partners! Join us! 🚀 📷 Gediminas Saas #PatentGranted #Achievements #WomenTechEU #sustainability #balticsea #innovation