BESTMEDGRAPE Roundtable: better recovery of bioactive molecules from viticulture and viniculture byproducts

Posted on September 29, 2020

One of the project's main objectives is a better recovery of bioactive molecules from viticulture and viniculture byproducts.”

Berytech and the Saint-Joseph University of Beirut are the implementing partners in Lebanon of the New Business opportunities & Environmental sustainability using MED GRAPE nanotechnological products – BESTMEDGRAPE project. 

The project is EU-funded under the ENI-CBC-Med Program, and aims to turn waste from wine making into valuable and innovative commercial health products, supporting at the same time the creation of new businesses.

The Lebanon partners, with the BESTMEDGRAPE team in Italy, organized a roundtable to introduce the project and discuss the role different sector experts can play. 

Twenty-five participants from different sectors including Agriculture, Cosmetics, Food, and Nutraceuticsnetworked and heard from the BESTMEDGRAPE team, all with the aim to promote fruitful exchange around the valorization of bioactive Phyto complexes from grapes waste.

The team discussed the objectives of the project and the potential collaborations and synergies through technology transfer from academia laboratories to market. One of the project’s main objectives is a better recovery of bioactive molecules from viticulture and viniculture byproducts.

The roundtable was moderated by Dr. Mohab Anis, CEO of Innoverty. Pr. Richard G. Maroun, Dean of the Faculty of Sciences – USJ and Mr. Ramy Boujawdeh, Deputy General Manager – Berytech presented the project, followed by a session on the creation of new entrepreneurial initiatives and business creation with Pr. Nicolas Louka, Professor at the Faculty of Sciences – USJ and Ramy Boujawdeh. 

A discussion around the living labs, on the needs and objectives and on the modalities of exchange and development of synergies for a better valorization of waste from viticulture and viniculture activities, was led by Pr. Magda Bou Dagher Kharrat, Professor at the Faculty of Sciences – USJ and Pr. Hiba N. Rajha, Lecturer at the École supérieure d’ingénieurs de Beyrouth and the Faculty of Sciences – USJ.


BESTMEDGRAPE aims to turn waste from wine making into valuable and innovative commercial health products, supporting at the same time the creation of new businesses.

The Project in Numbers

  • Duration: 36 months
  • Start date: 01 September 2019 – End date: 31 August 2022
  • € 3.3 million Total budget, € 2.6 million EU contribution, 20% Project co-financing
  • Main source of funding: European Union (ENI CBC Med Programme)

Learn more about the project here.