If the creation of an award is a sign of the maturity of a sector, and considering that “Bio-based Material of the Year” has now reached its eighth edition, then the bio-based material sector is well represented.  The competition, promoted by the German research institute, seeks to recognize new biomaterial products made available by this fledgling industry, singled out amongst those launched on the market or that were put to industrial use over the last 12 months.  In the initial phase of the selection process, the scientific board of the award skims off the applications, narrowing them down to six competitors. This year, the shortlist was predominantly German, featuring four German companies out of six.  Bayer MaterialScience (Germany) put forward Desmodur® eco N, ...