Sustainable Innovation Office

Sustainable Innovation Office

We guide the innovation by quantifying, and potentially reducing the broader set of impacts of bio-based technologies. The Sustainable Innovation Office is a multi-disciplinary unit, responsible to assess innovations in improving the current state of production, while simultaneously enhancing economic and environmental performance, inherent to the products.


Vision and mission

The Sustainable Innovation Office has two missions:
1) Inspire, foster and support innovation at the Centre, at DTU and the surrounding Danish bioeconomy.
2) Drive, guide and develop technologies and impact through assessment of economic, commercial and sustainable criteria.
Both missions are possible through collaboration with partners across the value chain and product lifecycle, e.g., DTU corporate support, Tech Transfer Office and Legal and DTU departments (e.g., Management, Entrepreneurship).

The mission and vision of this Office also depend on investment and funding opportunities in Denmark and abroad, as well as collaboration with incubators and business developers (e.g., the Bio Innovation Institute) and finally customers, partners and colleagues in industrial and academic organizations. Our office plays a significant role in the industrial outreach mission of the Centre. In order to attract, discover, and evaluate potentially innovative outputs, the Sustainable Innovation Office assesses and evaluates the commercial potential and technical quality aspects of candidate translational projects and ideas.

This assessment includes three main criteria:
1) a starting-with-the-end-in-mind philosophy.
2) the risk assessment and value proposition for the Centre.
3) the desired socio-economic impact.

This process has already been developed in the Translational Core (2018 onwards) and is continued to identify the most promising, the most innovative, and the most impactful opportunities. The Office further provides guidance to the research groups on the freedom to operate analysis, notification of inventions/patenting, commercialization and associated legal issues and supports project management implementing our “starting-with-the-end-in-mind” philosophy. We aim to improve young scientists’ innovation skills and manage the continued development of the Centre’s innovation portfolio with sustainable efforts.