About us

About us

A bio-based perspective
on sustainability


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 almost 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:
Sustainable Chemicals, Natural Products and 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.

DTU Biosustain

We foster talents

The Centre also focuses on educating the next generations of young scientists within the cross-field of biotechnology and data science, in order to contribute to the Danish biotech-ecosystem with highly skilled scientists and future leaders.

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The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability

The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability is an international research center at the Technical University of Denmark. The development of sustainable lifestyles requires efficient big data generation and analysis of biological processes fundamental to all aspects of human life.
Application Areas

DTU Biosustain CFB2.0: Application Areas

New funding provides new opportunities! During our new funding period, we will focus on three main areas: 1: Sustainable Chemicals 🌱 2: Natural Products 💉 3: Microbial Foods 🍳 The video below gives a sneak peek into the different areas, but if you wish to learn more, go to 👉🏼 www.biosustain.dtu.dk/Research/Application-Areas


Excellent science requires dedicated people

We engineer


We engineer. For you and me. And for a sustainable world. This video takes you on a tour, giving you examples of our scientific work and focus areas

Product portfolio - hologram video


Cell factories can be engineered to produce valuable ingredients for food, feed, medicine, commodity products, chemicals and much more


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.

The Novo Nordisk Foundation Research Centres
DTU Biosustain in numbers 30082021

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