History

The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (DTU Biosustain) is an international research center of excellence funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation formed in 2011 at DTU.

The Center was initially financially based upon a DKK 700 Million grant from the Novo Nordisk Foundation (NNF) in 2010 to DTU to establish the Center.

During 2012, DTU Biosustain received two further grants from The Novo Nordisk Foundation: one covering genome-scale science for CHO cells aiming at generating optimized CHO cell factories to produce the next generation of biopharmaceuticals and one facilitating further internationalisation of DTU Biosustain. Subsequently, NNF has granted a number of extensions, so that the NNF core grant is now DKK 1.319 Billion.

Since the inauguration in Hørsholm 2011 DTU Biosustain has rapidly developed from scratch to an international research center with well-functioning infrastructures and more than 200 employees in Denmark and 60 staff members in the international sections – and it is still growing.

During Summer 2016 DTU Biosustain moved from Hørsholm to its new premises, Building 220, at DTU Campus in Lyngby. In November 2016, HRH Prince Joachim officially inaugurated Building 220.

The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (DTU Biosustain) was initially funded by The Novo Nordisk Foundation with the purpose of strengthen Denmark's position within advanced bioprocessing and bioengineering.

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