Netherlands-based BiCHEM Technology BV (BiCHEM) was formed in 2010 with a mission to create novel processes for the production of fuels and chemicals from biomass waste.
Founded to carry out a joint development agreement between BIOeCON and Petrobras, the firm has accelerated from an initial research and development (R&D) phase to process development and pilot research. It has almost tripled its employee base since inception, amidst significant growth in the biofuels industry.
As the firm scaled up, working in a paper-based environment posed significant challenges and risks. Data was falling into silos or saved in separate Excel spreadsheets. Sharing information across the company’s five different teams was particularly tricky and time consuming. BiCHEM needed an affordable tool to support its experimental work.
“As we grew, we wanted to be able to organize our data in a systematic way and make it more traceable,” said Johan van den Bergh, Research Scientist at BiCHEM. “We were keen to find a full, professional package which would enable us to drive the company and our research work forward.”