A bio-based perspective on sustainability
Why not use the smallest factories to make the biggest possible amounts of high-value chemicals and pharmaceuticals – biosustainably?
The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability at the Technical University of Denmark is doing exactly this by developing new technologies for engineering microbes, turning them into cell factories, which are designed for efficient production of a specific compound in a commercially competitive way. Today, many pharmaceuticals and chemicals are produced from unsustainable sources, such as oil or rare plant material. By using genome-scale modelling, advanced robotics and bioengineering, the Centre’s researchers design and construct cell factories capable of converting low-value carbon sources to high-value chemical compounds and proteins in a more sustainable, cost-effective manner than today.
Cluster of research centres
The Centre is part of a cluster of research centres that aim at attracting the world’s best researchers and thereby creating the basis for an internationally oriented and innovative research environment of the highest quality to benefit society. The Centre collaborates with the world’s leading researchers within metabolic engineering and has established strategic partnerships with universities in the United States (UCSD), Sweden (Chalmers and KTH), South Korea (KAIST) and Denmark (University of Copenhagen and DTU). Innovation is a high priority at the Centre. Therefore, the Centre’s research and development groups collaborate with biotechnology companies and the chemical industry to enhance knowledge sharing and the application of the Centre’s metabolic engineering tools and research output.
An international environment
DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation, and scientific advice. At DTU Biosustain, we are around 300 staff members in Denmark with additionally 70 staff members working out of offices outside of Denmark. DTU Biosustain seeks to attract talents from all over the world and educate the next generations of young scientists within the cross-field of biotechnology and data science.