Challenges and Opportunities for the BioEconomy
Our CEO, Cait Murray-Green puts forward her opinion on the opportunity for the BioEconomy in Scotland and the challenges that are faced.
VTT work with SSC on Alternative Leather project
Strategic Scientific Consulting Finland Oy and Strategic Scientific Consulting Ltd are pleased to announce that we are working together on a project for VTT of Helsinki.
VTT are one of the main innovation research centres in Finland and this project is looking at the market potential for a new type of leather made from fungal mycelium.
This new material will be produced in an environmentally sustainable and responsible manner, cutting the carbon footprint of animal leather and providing a plant-based alternative in quantities suitable for fashion and household goods in the future.
A survey about consumer attitudes to alternative leathers is available here:
Change of Leadership at CuanTec (SSC client company)
End of an era, Cait is stepping down from her leading role in CuanTec which will enable her to be more available for projects and courses with SSC.
It's been a marvellous 5 years of working with CuanTec from the earliest stages of idea development to them being one of the acknowledged leaders of the Scottish Bioeconomy that it has become. Now it is time for the next generation of business leadership and growth and onwards to success!
Our wonderful founder, Dr Cait Murray-Green stepped down as CEO on 1st of July. Cait has led the company from its inception through its early stages and delivered many accomplishments to bring the company to where it is today, including winning the Higgs Edge Award in June 2017 and securing investment from Sky Ocean Ventures and the Scottish Investment Bank in 2018.
Cait will remain a non-executive Director of the business and will continue providing strategic advice and broad assistance to the company. We are incredibly thankful to Cait for her dedication to CuanTec and wish her every success in the new ventures she has planned.
Until a new CEO has been recruited, Douglas Mundie will undertake the role of Executive Chairman giving us the benefit of his skills as a CEO and his expert knowledge of the packaging industry. That recruitment is underway now, and until the appointment is secure, the Company will be run day to day by Derek Norwood, Tracy White and Douglas. The complementary nature of their skills puts CuanTec in a strong position to deliver its next set of milestones.
Sustainable Alternative Materials for Leather
Strategic Scientfiic Consulting Finland are very pleased to announce that they have been selected to work with the scientists at VTT in Finland.
VTT have been working on new ways of making biomaterials such as leather from alternative sources like mushrooms and being able to do this in an economically viable way. SSC-Fi will work with the team at VTT to look at the market opportunities for their material and how it could be a powerful contender in the rapidly emerging vegan materials markets.
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