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The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability

The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability at the Technical University of Denmark are 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.

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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 are 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 oil or rare plant material. By using genome-scale modelling, advanced robotics and bioengineering, the Center’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. In short: by using cell factories, we can go from an oil-based chemical industry to a highly sustainable bio-based industry.

The Center 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 Center collaborates with the world’s leading researchers within the field and has established strategic alliances with universities in the United States (UCSD), Sweden (Chalmers and KTH), South Korea (KAIST) and Denmark (University of Copenhagen). Innovation is a high priority at the Center. Therefore, it collaborates with biotechnology companies and the chemical industry to enhance knowledge sharing and the application of the Center’s results.

DTU is a technical university providing internationally leading research, education, innovation and scientific advice. Our staff of 5,800 advance science and technology to create innovative solutions that meet the demands of society; and our 11,000 students are being educated to address the technological challenges of the future. DTU is an independent academic university collaborating globally with business, industry, government, and public agencies.

DTU seeks to attract students who are looking for an elite technical university with a strong international perspective. DTU has over 5.800 employees represent 93 nationalities that advance science and technology to create solutions that meet the demands of society. DTU Compute is Denmark’s largest environment for mathematics and computer science.


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