Spin the Earth in the right direction

We are an international research Center with international sections and staff from all over the world.

DTU Biosustain - CHO Workflow

This video explains the overall workflow from idea to final product.

The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability

Learn about the historical idea behind Center for Biosustainability

CFB Video: our 4 workhorses

This video shows our 4 main cell workhorses and what products they can be engineered into producing


Approx. 300 staff members globally

46 nationalities 

Our sections are located at DTU, University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Chalmers University, Copenhagen University, University of Queensland and KTH

We are part of a cluster of research centres that aim to attract the world’s best researchers, thereby creating an internationally oriented and innovative research environment


The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability is a DTU research and innovation center established in 2011.

The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability at Technical University of Denmark (DTU Biosustain) is dedicated to producing bio-chemicals and bio-pharmaceuticals sustainably in cellular workhorses, so-called cell factories.

A wide range of significant products, from small molecules to large proteins, can be made using cell factories. These cell factories will impact chemical and biopharmaceutical production notably over the coming decades.

A dedicated research and development effort is required in order to identify commercially interesting compounds and to speed-up the strain design process.

The Center is part of the cluster of Novo Nordisk Foundation research centers. Read more about the centers here.