At DTU Biosustain, we aim to develop new knowledge and technologies to support the transformation from conventional, and often unsustainable, industrial production methods to a sustainable bio-based industry.

In this bio-based industry, chemicals and other products are produced using microbial production hosts – cell factories. 

DTU Biosustain has existed for more than a decade and was at its conception the world’s first interdisciplinary research centre within sustainability. Our research contributes to developing sustainable products within 3 categories: 

  1. Sustainable Chemicals
  2. Natural Products, and
  3. Microbial Food.

By developing and using a range of specialist techniques involving high-quality big data generation and analysis, synthetic biology, machine learning and AI, as well as metabolic modelling and engineering, the Centre identifies how to design the next generation of cell factories. We do this with “the end in mind,” meaning that we have a commercial and industrial approach in order to take products to market faster for the benefit of consumers.

An international Research Centre

Our headquarters are located at DTU in Lyngby, Denmark. Our international teams of scientists work out of universities all over the world - University of California, San Diego (UCSD), USA; UC Berkeley California, USA; JBEI, USA; Chalmers University, Sweden; KTH, Sweden; KAIST, South Korea; and University of Queensland, Australia. 

We are around 300 staff members in Denmark. Additionally, we have approx. 70 staff members working out of offices outside of Denmark. 

The Centre is part of a cluster of Novo Nordisk Foundation Research Centers that aim to attract the world's best researchers, thereby creating an internationally oriented and innovative research environment.