The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (CFB) is a DTU research and innovation center established in 2011 on par with the other departments at the DTU.

A wide range of significant products, from small molecules to large proteins, can be made using cells as production hosts or cell factories. These cell factories will impact chemical and biopharmaceutical production notably over the coming decades.

A dedicated research and development effort is required in order to identify commercially interesting compounds and to speed-up the strain design process.

300 staff members globally 

Today, DTU Biosustain is a multi-site operation with approximately 300 people associated.

About 70 percent of the staff is housed in Denmark, and 30 percent in international sections, hosted by The University California, San Diego (UCSD), Chalmers University, Copenhagen University, University of Queensland and KTH.

Greater Copenhagen Biotech hub

The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability 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. Watch this video to learn more.

Novo Nordisk Foundation Bioscience Cluster from Jesper Laursen on Vimeo.


Bo Skjold Larsen
Chief Operating Officer
DTU Biosustain
+45 45 25 80 08