The Hanze University of Applied Sciences founded the Biobased Economy Knowledge Centre in 2016. Here, lecturers, doctoral candidates, teachers, students and external experts do applied research on the transition to a sustainable bio-economy. The Hanze University of Applied Sciences collaborates closely with both SMEs and larger companies to develop new biobased products, processes and activities, for example the current successful Health Hub Roden project. Additionally, the new knowledge centre is linked to the Zernike Advanced Processing (ZAP) testing facility. ZAP improves employment opportunities in the region through its stimulation of innovative activity and provision of research facilities. Knowledge and skills come together as SMEs, knowledge institutions and large industrial players such as Avebe, AkzoNobel and SuikerUnie collaborate.