The Nova-Institute, Hürth, Germany, has presented the innovation award, Bio-based Material of the Year 2017, to three innovative materials in specific applications. The competition focused on new developments in the bio-based economy, which have had (or will have) a market launch in 2016 or 2017. The winners were elected by the participants of the 10th International Conference on Bio-based Materials in Cologne, Germany. First place went to Bio-Lutions for upgrading agricultural residues to packaging materials. Second went to Paptic® for creation of the next generation of paper bags that are lighter and stronger. Phytowelt Green Technologies received third place for a high-quality raspberry fragrance created with the help of biotechnology.