Pre-pilot plant

Pre-Pilot Plant

Taking research closer
to market


Our Pre-Pilot Plant, called PPP, works with all aspects of bio-processes from cell performance optimisation, best practice fermentation strategies, scale-up and -down as well as in-process control analytics, separation and purification.

The Pre-Pilot Plant (PPP) is a translational research and development core section focused on bioprocess development and commercialisation of bio-based products from ideation to first prototype production. The objective of the PPP is to attract and collaborate on both academic research, as well as industry-developed projects that fit the mission and vision of the Center.

Pre-pilot plant

sustainable innovation

Assessing sustainability



The Sustainable Innovation Office (SIO) is an integrative unit dedicated to discovering opportunities and screening technologies, possessing the potential to contribute towards increased sustainability via bio-based production of chemicals, materials and food.

The objective of SIO is to guide innovation at the Center, by understanding, quantifying and potentially decreasing the broader set of impacts of bio-based technologies. This multi-disciplinary unit is responsible to assess opportunities in improving the current state of production, while simultaneously enhancing economic and environmental performance, inherent to the products.

The unit supports the Centers’ vision and commercial aspirations, by providing insights on economic viability, environmental impacts and market intelligence to relevant research units and stakeholders. The quantitative assessments undertaken by SIO are broadly classified into two categories: 1) Screen innovative projects and products where biotechnology can be a viable alternative. 2) Guide the development stages of fundamental research at the organisation and collaborating stakeholders.

The unit consolidates capabilities in developing decision support methods for consistently integrating Techno-Economic Analysis (TEA) and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) at various Technology Readiness Level (TRL’s). This involves dynamic assessment of projects throughout its development stage, and iterating with avenues for optimisation towards allocating research investments. In parallel, the unit develops and maintains a set of quantitative toolboxes and databases that supports assessments for projects.

Sustainable Innovation Office