The competition finalist Biosorbe purifies water and air from oil and bacteria

It’s time to present another finalist in the international innovation competition What Wood You Do. Biosorbe’s unique cellulose-based materials absorb oil from water and air. They are one of six finalists to present their idea on September 24th, with a chance to win EUR 25,000.

Cellulose-based material that absorbs oil on land and in water

The company Biosorbe has developed a unique cellulose-based method that filters out hydrocarbons from water and air using processed pulp. The next step is to be able to filter out bacteria. A revolutionary innovation that has the potential to create a new market for water and air purification and well worth a place in the competition final.

Hi Erik Josephsson, one of the founders of Biosorbe. How does it feel to be in the final?

“It is a great pleasure that we have come this far, and we hope that our participation will bring us new inputs, comments, and exposure to potential partners to help us refine our idea.”

How will you pitch on September 24?

“We are confident and committed to our idea. Right now, we have a material that absorbs oil from water and air and we already know that the product works. On the pitch, we will prove the customer benefit and the potentials that comes from the forest and pitch future opportunities for different filter solutions.”

How will you use the money if you win?

“The money will help us increase the pace of the process of refining filter designs and to broaden and deepen various collaborations to achieve our goal.”

Join the final

We wish Biosorbe best of luck in the final, which will be broadcast online, live from Karlstad on September 24th. Of course, we want you to join and listen to Biosorbe’s and the other finalists’ pitches. A unique opportunity to interact with the finalists and the jury and learn more about each competing innovations. Register and participate online at

Curious about the other finalists? We are publishing articles about them too. Read them here:

Wood Tube – paper studs for sustainable construction

Nordluft – super drones for a more environmentally friendly forest industry

Arboair – rapidly scanning and mapping forests with artificial intelligence

FineCell – turns cosmetics and paint green

About the competition

Paper Province announces the competition together with Gunnar Sundblad’s Research Fund, Stora Enso and Sveaskog. The winner will receive EUR 25,000 to develop their idea and a possible place in the Sting Bioeconomy start-up incubator. Second to fifth place are rewarded with EUR 2,500 each. Read more about the six finalists and the competition here:

Text: Helena Wannsted
Photo: Oskar Omne



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