Treasures from the sea

Research output: Book/ReportInaugural speech


On June 15, 2006, Prof. René Wijffels accepted his appointment as Professor of Bio-Process Engineering at Wageningen University with his inaugural address. In his speech, Wijffels explained that the possibilities of getting bio-active products from sea organisms are spectacular; especially natural sea sponges are a ‘gold mine’. These invertebrate animals offer possibilities to develop medication to fight some of the most important diseases in the world. Right now, three quarters of all patented bio-active material for cancer medication comes from sponges.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationWageningen
PublisherWageningen Universiteit
Number of pages26
Publication statusPublished - 2006


  • marine environment
  • biotechnology
  • processing
  • biological production
  • sponges
  • algae
  • bioreactors
  • photosynthesis
  • marine products
  • biobased economy


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