What is biotechnology?

Biotechnology can be described as the use of (parts of) organisms for the development and production of new products and technologies. It allows us to produce better and more specifically targeted drugs, healthier and safer food, a cleaner environment and better crops.

Biotechnology can be divided in:

         

RED biotechnology which focuses on healthcare and/or biopharmaceutical purposes
(drugs diagnostics in order to detect diseases, vaccines for immunization, antibodies, gene therapy)

 

GREEN biotechnology which is strongly focused on genetic modification of plants for applications in agriculture and food

 

and the relatively new WHITE (white as a symbol for clean and sustainable technology) or industrial biotechnology referring to the industrial production and processes, which also uses biomass as a renewable resource.