DTU Biosustain


The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability

Research for a
sustainable future

In order to live sustainable lives, we need to have the option to choose sustainable products that leave greener footprints on Earth than we currently have. We contribute by developing methods for large scale production of sustainable foods, sustainable bio-chemicals and natural products.

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.

The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (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 utilize these advances for microbial cell factory design to foster sustainable lifestyles.

Application Areas


3 scientific areas

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.

Application areas


Work with us

We work to accelerate the green transition and support sustainable lifestyles. Come join us!

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Research Groups

Find a Research Group

Our Research Groups focus on a certain aspect of our sustainability mission, and we have world-class Group Leaders to lead the way. Learn more about each group's scope.

Research Groups


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Pre-Pilot Plant

the pre-pilot plant

PPP: Where ideas
come alive

In our fermentation Pre-Pilot Plant, ideas for commercialisation is being brought closer to market.

Pre-Pilot Plant


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