The Aroma Innovation Hub in Patras Science Park represents a partnership of companies and laboratories of academic institutions aiming to encourage innovation, entrepreneurship, successful business development, and local economy revitalization. It is a multi-discipline approach covering all fields relevant to the cultivation, development, production and commercialization of products from aromatic plants and essential oils.
The vision of Aroma Innovation Hub is to implement scientific and technological advancements in the production line of aromatic and medical plans, in an innovative way, in order to create value to its shareholders and society.
The Aroma Innovation Hub is founded by Patras Science Park, professors of the University of Patras and the Technological Education Institute of Western Greece with research activity in the field, and by important companies in the food sector, beverages, cosmetic products, soaps, agrochemicals and plant production.
Assοciate Professor Fotini Lamari is the Director of Aroma Innovation Hub. The General Assembly of the Members is the supreme governing body that takes place at least every six months and decides on the Strategic development. The General Assembly’s decisions are implemented by the Executive Board consisting of five members: the Director, Professor Apostolos Vandarakis, Associate Professor Vasilis Papasotiropoulos, Mr. Petros Kritsonis, and Mr. Panagiotis Hahalis. The Executive Board and the Director are elected every two years.
The hub manager, Mrs. Maria Petropoulou, has undertaken the specialization, the planning and networking of the node.
Bridging the gap between academia and industry with a qualified workforce while exchanging knowledge between national and international networks.
Communication of current trends and needs to both sectors. Motivation of students and new graduates to embark on innovative entrepreneurial endeavors
Training Programs across the value chain.
Creation of extended national and international network
Aroma HUB includes a whole set of multiple lab centers, utilizes field tests and proof of concept creations while having a strong case on business development and start-ups mentoring.
Scientific research and new product development.
Technology is being utilized for "field tests" and "proofs of concept".
Perform Market and Feasibility Studies for technology applications. Development of evidence base for stakeholders to deploy / commercialize new technologies (startup, spin-off, IP-strategy). Mentoring of start-ups.