DTU Biosustain

We research for a
sustainable future



Research and innovation provide the possibility to develop methods for large scale production of sustainable foods, sustainable bio-chemicals and natural products. Here at The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (DTU Biosustain) we aim to do just that. Consumers need to have the option to choose sustainable products that leave greener footprints on Earth than we currently have. 

Today, plastic bags, toys, cancer drugs, fuel and food ingredients are manufactured from chemical materials based on oil or extracted from plants. But this way of manufacturing depletes natural resources and increases carbon dioxide emissions. Therefore, the products should instead be produced using sustainable biotechnological processes. Achieving this requires a massive research effort in industrial biotechnology.

DTU Biosustain is an interdisciplinary research centre that develops new knowledge and technology to support the production of bio-chemicals using microbial production hosts called cell factories.

Recent progress in our ability to read and write genomic code, combined with advances in automation, analytics and data science, has opened up for the discovery of new solutions regarding sustainable production in biological systems. We utilise these advances for microbial cell factory design to foster sustainable lifestyles.

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With our focus on the production of sustainable chemicals, natural products and microbial food, we seek to deliver technological solutions that ensure a sustainable future for everyone.

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We are constantly looking for new talent to join us in our work to accelerate the green transition and support sustainable lifestyles.

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