The ZIM cooperation network ProIDRA links companies and research facilities which are dedicated to the use of the little-known oil plant Lallemantia iberica (Iberian dragonhead). The oil of the Iberian dragonhead has a particularly high proportion of the tri-unsaturated linolenic acid with more than 60% and thus arouses the interest of the industry. Since June 2016 PPM, as network manager for ProIDRA, has been responsible for the initiation of cooperation projects for the development of new products on the basis of the Iberian dragon head e. g. for human and animal nutrition, the varnish and paints industry and cosmetics.


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Furthermore, PPM is part of the following networks.



The biokapsel network brings together companies from the food and pharmaceutical / medical industries with mechanical engineering and automation companies as well as suppliers from the agricultural sector to develop new technologies for embedding natural products from plants and algae into a wide range of different matrices on a natural basis.


The aim of this network is the development of new encapsulation and coating technologies. Areas of application are e.g. carrier systems with active ingredient extracts of algae for pharmaceutical products or extracts in the form of phytohormones, e.g. plant vitamins for the agricultural sector.



Insects have great potential as a food for humans and animal feed. They are a so far hardly developed source of proteins and minerals and can also make a significant contribution to the establishment of closed cycles in the food industry.


The companies and research facilities of the “Powerinsects” network want to contribute to the establishment of insect technologies on the market.



The partners of the network formulate and develop concepts in which residues and waste materials, e.g. barks, leaves or pomace are, not as before, simply burned or disposed. They want to extract valuable ingredients from this biomass to process it into innovative, biobased products.

Waste to Value

In this way, existing petroleum-based products will be replaced with biobased products. In addition, the functional constituents obtained from the residues can already be added to established products, giving them completely novel functions. Fragrance and flavoring or coloring agents can be produced in this way, e.g. for use in cosmetics.


Integrierte Bioanalytik – Integrated Bioanalytics

Biological macromolecules such as proteins, carbohydrates, nucleic acids and lipids as well as metabolic substrates and products can be detected and quantified by bioanalytical methods. Technological advances in microsystem technology and sensor technology have made it possible to realize numerous new bioanalytical applications in the recent past. The partners of the network intend to take up this trend and to develop new technologies from microtechnology, mathematical modeling, microfluidics and sensor technology for bioanalytical applications. Thereby, new demanding applications for the areas of nutrition, pharmacy, diagnostics and bioprocess technology shall be realized.