Pressemitteilung 2018 Biotech SME Awards

EuropaBio awarded Phytowelt as most innovative EU Biotech SME in the field of Agricultural BioTech

Brussels, 3. December 2018

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Brussels, 3.December 2018 – From left to right: Ulrich Garvert, Senior Consultant, Phytowelt;
Dr.  Peter Welters, CEO and founder, Phytowelt; Nicolai Assenmacher, Junior Sales and Project Manager, Phytowelt

Phytowelt GreenTechnologies was honoured by EuropaBio with this year’s “Most Innovative European Biotech SME Award” in the category Agra-Biotech.

“Phytowelt GreenTechnologies’ creative innovation is enabling the company to produce and commercialise a high quality product, which is increasingly in demand, whilst using less resources, land and energy.” stated Joanna Dupont-Inglis, Secretary General of EuropaBio. EuropaBio’s unique annual initiative recognises the achievements of small but dynamic, organisations, and the crucial role they play in answering some of society’s greatest challenges. At the 9th edition of the award ceremony in Brussels, on the evening of 3 December, Member of the European Parliament Dr. Paul Rübig handed over the award to Phytowelt’s CEO Dr. Peter Welters. The jury, consisting of scientists, industry experts and EU parliamentarians, honoured Phytowelt with the first price for its holistic approach, in which energy crops are optimized through innovative plant breeding in order to produce valuable fine chemicals on their basis. Such a flagship product is the highly pure raspberry aroma R-(alpha)-ionone, which Phytowelt produces in a bio-fermenter under low energy consumption. In this way, a valuable and natural ingredient for the cosmetics and food industries is produced without creating conflicts with food security.

”I was surprised and really proud when we were announced as the winner at the award presentation. I am especially pleased that our company, which has been in business for 20 years, was proclaimed as the most innovative SME in the agricultural biotechnology category despite 40 other much younger competitors. It demonstrates that we are able to stay at the forefront of development in the bioeconomy sector” said Dr. Peter Welters, CEO of Phytowelt GreenTechnologies GmbH, founded in 1998. (

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Brussels, 03 December 2018 – Award-winners and organizers – From left to right: Dr. Peter Heinrich, EuropaBio SME Platform Chair; Dr. Peter Welters, CEO, Phytowelt GreenTechnologies; Phillippe Halfon, President & Founder, Genoscience Pharma; Marie Helene Gramatikoff, CEO, Lactips; Prof Andrew Porter, University of Aberdeen; Cindy Khaldi, Manger Associate, Genoscience Pharma; Dr. Paul Rübig, MEP; Joanna Dupunt.Inglis, EuropaBio General Secretary

Contact: Nicolai Assenmacher (Junior Sales and Project Manager),

Customize your own Hemp variety! With Phytowelt

Do you want to offer your customers your unique exclusive hemp variety? Ask us!

Three reasons speak for Phytowelt’s platform technologies for creating your own customizable hemp variety:

  • We will use our plant-experience out of 20 years to design your own unique, exclusive variety to address changing market demands and giving you a competitive edge to your competitors
  • Profit from the current CBD-hype and the trend to offer ingredients to the market that can be categorized as superfood and help people relax from their busy lives
  • No legal issues, higher purity, more reliability, and regulative CBD/THC-relation compared to natural varieties

This is only possible with the combination of our technologies phytodiversity, phytoediting and synergy effects of phytomining.
We will participate the 15th conference of the European Industrial Hemp Association, 12-13 June 2018, Cologne.

Curious? Please don’t hesitate to contact us: or +49 1525 68 20 313

New Phytowelt team member: Roland Hornung – Head of plant laboratory

plant breeding support

We are delighted to announce that Roland Hornung, an expert in plant breeding support, has joined our Phytowelt Team


His professional career started at the University of London, where he graduated 1995 with a Ph.D. in Horticulture at Wye College. During the following years he worked at Imperial College at Wye, i.a. heading the Unit for Advanced Propagation Systems and acting as Convenor for the MSc program in Sustainable Production in Tropical Environments. At Selecta Klemm, Dümmen and Iribov SBW he was heading the tissue culture laboratories for many years. He continued to work as a freelancer Senior Consultant and became the Co-Founder of VerdeVitro, a company offering a broad spectrum of tissue culture services.
We are very excited to welcome him now to Phytowelt GreenTechnologies GmbH.

With 25 years of experience in different fields of plant breeding support and production, he enriches Phytowelt’s service portfolio of plant biotechnology () with following methods:


Consultation and Implementation of:


  • Somatic Embryogenesis
  • Cryopreservation of a variety of species
  • Mass Reproduction
  • Protocol development (for all areas)
  • Embryo Rescue
  • Mother Plant Building SEE
  • Organogenesis
  • Meristem Culture (Rejuvenation)
  • Horizontal Genetransfer
  • Virus Elimination
  • Mutagenesis
  • Acclimatisation of in-vitro Materials
  • Protoplast Culture, Fusion and Plating Techniques
  • Initiation and Cultivation of Calli and Cell Suspension
  • Anther and Microspore Culture
  • Polyploidisation
  • Micrografting


His expert knowledge covers a wide range of:

  • Temperate and Tropical Plants
  • Roots, Tubers, Bulbs and Corms
  • Tree Crops
  • Vegetable Crops, Soft Fruit
  • Plantation Crops with special reference to Palms
  • Ornamental Plants


Additionally, we will offer you in the first quarter of 2018 a new service: flow cytometry. It would be a pleasure to analyse your (plant) material. Soon these services as well as the booking of analysis via flow cytometry will be offered by the Phytowelt Team and announced on our webpage. If you are interested please don’t hesitate to contact us today. Your contact partner is Ms. Janin Wascinski:, by phone: +49 1525/ 6820313.

We are looking forward to hearing from you.

Your Phytowelt-Team

Plantdustrials Symposium – 18.09.2017 – 4 pm – Cologne

phytowelt symposium

„Modern plant breeding – romantic agriculture or innovative business?“

Our annual Plantdustrials Symposium together with IHK Cologne will take place soon!

Save the date: 18.09.2017 between 16:00 – 19:00 at IHK Cologne.
The 11. Biotech-Symposium „Plantdustrials“ takes place. This year’s focus of Plantdustrials is  „Green Biotechnology: modern plant breeding – romantic agriculture or innovative business?“.
IHK Cologne organises it in cooperation with CLIB 2021, BioRiver as well as assistance of Phytowelt GreenTechnologies GmbH.

It’s a great pleasure to welcome Prof. Dr. Holger Puchta from KIT as keynote: He will show us the beginning of a revolution in plant breeding and what can be expected for future development in plant breeding.
In addition we assure you further interesting talks of successful industry representatives: they will give us an insight into general methods of plant breeding as well as business models in this field.
To entertain you duly, we hold a few interactions for you. Especially for the networking part there will open up specific opportunities for you.

But see for yourself! You find the current program here and on the IHK Cologne website, where you can register for free as well.

We are looking forwards to entertain and inform you on our symposium

Highland Games – sponsored by Phytowelt


You are very welcome to join the Highland Games 2017!

Two days left until 2nd July! Once again Phytowelt sponsors of the Highland Games of Kölsum in Nettetal. We invite you all to join us at the family event this sunday, next to our head quarter in Nettetal. You will see strong men and women in a challenge throwing tree trunks, stones and other really heavy stuff. Unbelivable impressions and memories we want to share with you. See you all on sunday 11:00 Kölsumer Weg, 41334 Nettetal. The event is of course free of charge!
Here you find the adress details.

Innovation Award Winner – 3rd place!

Phytowelt innovations award 2017

On the 10th “International Conference on Bio-based Materials”, the Innovation Award of “biobased material of the year 2017” took place. Phytowelt is one of the winners 2017 with the chiral raspberry fragrance.

The press release of Nova-Institute contains the following part:

The “International Conference on Bio-based Materials” is a well-established meeting point for companies working in the field of bio-based chemicals and materials. Almost 200 participants, mainly from the industry and representing 25 countries, met in Cologne to discuss the latest developments in the sector.

Third place: Phytowelt GreenTechnologies (DE): High-quality raspberry fragrance with the help of biotechnology

The (R)-alpha-Ionone is the main component of raspberry fragrance. Usually it is synthesized chemically as a racemate which contains the enantiomer (R)-alpha-Ionone as well as the distomer (S)-alpha-Ionone. The (S)-form has a woody and musty flavour which gives the chemical racemate a different and impure fragrance. However, it is complex and uneconomic to separate the two molecules. With its patented process, Phytowelt is now able to produce only the desired (R)-alpha-Ionone. Therefore, the raspberry fragrance is chiral pure, smells intensive and is, because of the biotechnological production, a natural flavour component. It can be used in food, drinks, perfumes, drugs and other applications. This raspberry fragrance is the first natural essence in the market which can be produced in high quantity as well as quality resulting in a high competitive advantage.

Fore pictures of the Innovation Award ceremony please take a look on our facebook page: Phytowelt on Facebook
More information about the conference, the award and the other winners? Take a look here: 10th Biobased Conference – award

Phytowelt reaches the finals: Innovation Award Biobased Materials 2017

Phytowelt GreenTechnologies GmbH reaches the finals of the Innovation Award “Bio-based materials 2017”!

On 10th and 11th May the International Bio-based Conference will take place in Cologne for the 10th time.
One of the agenda items is the ceremony of the Innovation Award on the first conference day. Phytowelt GreenTechnologies GmbH is one of the nominees for the Innovation Award 2017.
6 companies will try to win the award: Most of the products are sustainable materials for different fields. Phytowelt presents an other type of product – the (R)-alpha-Ionone, a raspberry fragrance.
But what makes that raspberry fragrance innovative? It is…
         –    chiral: only the desired (R)-form will be produced. Other raspberry fragrances mostly have the (S)-form too,
              which effects a woody musty smell
         –    natural
         –    high concentrated
         –    sustainable: 1 g of the fragrance saves up to 111 tons of rasberries and about 20 hectars goround
         –    cost-savings
The process is patented by Phytowelt and enables them to produce the raspberry fragrance which is unique worldwide.
We are looking forward to the International Conference on Bio-based materials and all the inspiring innovative ideas there.
For more information about Phytowelt’s technologies and the raspberry fragrance take a closer look on our website.