Professor Markus Herrgard on High Tech Summit: I hope that industry and academia can inspire each other

Wednesday 10 Oct 18

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Industry and academia are presenting new technologies, ideas and future perspectives at this year’s High Tech Summit at DTU. Markus Herrgard look forward - to inspire and be inspired - by how others use data for bio-based production.

“We know that many companies in Denmark, including Novozymes, Novo Nordisk and Chr. Hansen work in the biotech industry where data management and automation play a crucial role. The industry wants to digitalise their work, thus, participating in the High Tech Summit should give us an opportunity to present how we can help them in this process,” says Professor and Director of Data Science and Automation Markus Herrgard from the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (DTU Biosustain). He is amongst the 4000 participants from industry and academia that are visiting High Tech Summit, which is held on 10-11 October at DTU.

Markus hopes to get a better understanding of the industry’s current needs in terms of what scientific software tools that still need to be developed to create value of large datasets for bio-based production. A common goal for both the scientific community and the industry is to get less trial-and-error and more directed results that can predict specific outcomes. For example, whether a proposed new microbe would be able to achieve commercially viable product yields.

Many scientific software tools have already been developed by the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (DTU Biosustain) and its international collaborators. However, information on how the data can be used in the most efficient way in biotechnology is an important question to address.

"The industry wants to digitalise their work, thus, participating in the High Tech Summit should give us an opportunity to present how we can help them in this process"
Markus Herrgard, Professor and Director of Data Science and Automation

“How do we actually use data in a way that is most beneficial for both industry and academia? I am confident that this summit will give us more knowledge on how our scientific software tools can be further developed to solve some of the issues that the industry currently has,” says Markus Herrgard.

Data science for bio-based production

Together with his two colleagues Nikolaus Sonnenschein and Svetlana Kutuzova he will host a track session with the title “Data science for bio-based production” that will also include presentations by people from Novozymes, Christian Hansen and DTU Bioengineering.

Bio-based production of proteins, chemicals and cultures is a major and growing part of the Danish economy. In this field, data science plays an increasingly prominent role in both industry and academia.

“The session will cover a range of different topics, such as automated data generation, big data analytics and model-based data integration for bio-based production,” says Markus Herrgard.

Hence, the session should give more knowledge on how data science in a future perspective can help in the transition towards a more sustainable society.

 

 

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