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2019
23 AUG

Breath! Respiring microbes generate more energy

Researchers have now shed light on how bacteria and baker’s yeast generate and use their energy to grow. Knowing about cells’ energy use is essential for industrial biotech...

19 AUG

Scientists uncover mystery of DNA methylation

To a large extent, DNA methylation, which regulates vital cell functions, is still a mystery to the scientific world. Now, scientists have developed a method to quickly...

08 AUG

What biotech can do for patients

Most people have probably heard about gene therapy, stem cell therapy and precision medicine. But how far have we come? Here, we provide a status of what biotechnology...

28 JUN

New Biosustain Magazine out now

The fifth issue of Biosustain Magazine is now ready to be read and enjoyed. In this issue, you can read how biotechnology will benefit patients in the future, an exclusive...

20 JUN

Biotech start-up targets billion-dollar market by producing superior cannabinoids...

The young biotech start-up Octarine Bio seeks to commercialize the production of brand-new tailored cannabinoids in yeast. Around one thousand new molecules have already...

28 MAY

Irina Borodina wins 2019 EU Prize for Women Innovators

Group Leader at DTU Biosustain and Co-founder of BioPhero, Irina Borodina, was awarded the prestigious 2019 EU Prize for Women Innovators at an official ceremony at the...

23 MAY

Nobel Prize laureate visited DTU Biosustain

Biology can solve the world’s most pressing problems, but political will is needed to change status quo. That was one of Nobel Prize laureate Frances Arnold’s key messages...

Biotechnology and biochemistry
21 MAY

Machine learning reveals a new bacterial weak spot to antibiotics

Feeding lots of experimental data into an open machine learning algorithm revealed that antibiotics create certain metabolic stress in bacteria. This knowledge could...

Biotechnology and biochemistry
10 MAY

Conference highlighted major questions and advances in natural products research

160 top scientists discussed and presented their work in the field of natural products research at big Copenhagen Bioscience Conference. The red hot topics were natural...

$name Biotechnology and biochemistry
09 MAY

DTU Biosustain joins Global Biofoundries Alliance

The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (DTU Biosustain) joins the Global Biofoundries Alliance. This new initiative will strengthen international collaboration...

Biotechnology and biochemistry
26 APR

Screening for genes to improve protein production in yeast

By silencing genes, researchers have managed to increase the protein production in yeast significantly. This method can lay the grounds to better yeast production hosts...

01 APR

New Biosustain Magazine out now

Read it before your office mate! In this issue, you can read a success story on entrepreneurship as well as a story on engineering Chinese hamster ovary cells into becoming...

29 MAR

Why software is like a puppy

Software is like a puppy – it needs attendance, maintenance and care, or it dies. This and many other points were on the agenda at a 2-day workshop called “Software in...

28 MAR

Irina Borodina receives Equinor Prize

Group Leader and Senior Researcher at DTU Biosustain, Irina Borodina, was awarded the prestigious Equinor Prize at an official ceremony at The National Museum of Denmark...

Biotechnology and biochemistry Bacteria and microorganisms Biological systems Cells
26 MAR

Human protein produced in CHO-cells can save donor blood

Researchers from DTU Biosustain have successfully produced mammalian cell lines (CHO) that can produce 1.2 g/L recombinant Alpha-1-antitrypsin proteins with human glycosylation...

Biotechnology and biochemistry Cells
25 MAR

Danish biotech company announces the completion of a €5.5 M seed investment

The big Chinese fine chemical company Zhejiang NHU invests €5.5 M in the biotech start-up Cysbio to develop new and affordable biochemicals.

Biotechnology and biochemistry Bacteria and microorganisms Entrepreneurship Innovation and product development
04 MAR

Researchers find window of opportunity for treatment of early cystic fibrosis...

New research from DTU Biosustain and Rigshospitalet suggests that disease-causing microbes in young cystic fibrosis (CF) patients change rapidly within two to three years...

28 FEB

Brewing cannabinoids in yeast

Several chemical compounds found in cannabis (cannabinoids) have now been produced by genetically modified yeast, reports a paper published in Nature. This finding can...

19 FEB

Cocktail of common antibiotics can fight resistant E. coli

Scientists from The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (DTU) have discovered that a combination of two common antibiotics is able to eliminate multi-drug...

Health and diseases Bacteria and microorganisms
05 FEB

New anti-CRISPR proteins discovered in soil and human gut

Scientists from the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (DTU) have found four new anti-CRISPR proteins that are distributed across different environments...

Biotechnology and biochemistry Bacteria and microorganisms
22 JAN

Addictive cells boost protein production

The biotech start-up company from DTU Biosustain, Enduro Genetics, optimises large-scale fermentation by making the workhorse cells genetically addicted to producing...

Biotechnology and biochemistry Cells Fermentation Genes and genomes
21 JAN

New issue of Biosustain Magazine is out now

The third issue of Biosustain Magazine is now ready to be read and enjoyed.

14 JAN

Bio-map charts production routes for industrial chemicals

Researchers now present a very detailed map on metabolic engineering routes for the production of a wide range of sustainable chemicals. This map will ease the construction...

10 JAN

Bacteria to produce sustainable fluorinated substances

A new EU project aims to modify bacteria, enabling them to produce fluorinated substances sustainably. Today, fluorinated products are produced chemically, which has significant...

Biotechnology and biochemistry Bacteria and microorganisms Enzymes and proteins
08 JAN

Creating flavours and fragrances from “shiki” cell factories

A big new EU project called SHIKIFACTORY100 aims at producing more than 100 high value compounds and chemicals such as flavours and fragrances biologically. This will...

07 JAN

Using bacteria to produce fluorinated products sustainably

A new EU-project will focus on engineering bacteria to produce fluorinated compounds. Currently, these compounds can only be produced with traditional chemistry, which...

Bacteria and microorganisms Biological systems Enzymes and proteins Biotechnology and biochemistry
2018
07 DEC

Novozymes Award 2018 goes to Prof. Matthias Reuss

On December 7, Professor Matthias Reuss received the Novozymes Award for Excellence in Biochemical and Chemical Engineering 2018. The award ceremony and reception was...

05 DEC

Blue Jeans in a green way

Researchers exploit E. coli bacteria for new, greener production of indigo to dye jeans.

Biotechnology and biochemistry Innovation and product development Bacteria and microorganisms Enzymes and proteins Chemistry
04 DEC

Scientists to produce anti-cancer drugs in yeast

New UN rules avert the production of therapeutic drugs formulated on naturally occurring plant molecules. A new research project will rescue the production by producing...

$name Biotechnology and biochemistry Biological systems Bacteria and microorganisms Enzymes and proteins
13 NOV

Software tools help companies to engineer microbes efficiently

Establishing performant cell factories by trial-and-error may possibly lead to frustration and the loss of the single most valuable resource, our time. But what if there...

Biotechnology and biochemistry Software and programming
07 NOV

Hunt for interesting metabolites with antiSMASH database

Scientists who treasure hunt for interesting bacterial metabolites using the online tool antiSMASH now have the opportunity to use an antiSMASH database with pre-calculated...

Software and programming Data analysis Computer calculations Bacteria and microorganisms Biological systems
05 NOV

Top scientists meet to find solutions to antibiotic resistance

160 top scientists from 21 nations were joined to discuss and present their work in the field of antibiotics and antibiotic resistance at a big Novo Nordisk Foundation...

31 OCT

Big Data Small Microbes - High Tech Summit 2018

The High Tech Summit with more than 4,000 attendees took place at the Campus of the Technical University 10-11 October. CeMiSt organized a track on big data in microbial...

26 OCT

Tampering with cellular fats holds great promise

Researchers have found a way to engineer the lipid composition of cell membranes. The method described in Science makes it easier to investigate how cells are regulated...

Bacteria and microorganisms Biological systems Cells Synthetic biology
18 OCT

Barriers and opportunities in renewable biofuels production

Researchers have identified two main challenges for renewable biofuel production from cheap sources. Firstly, lowering the cost of developing microbial cell factories...

10 OCT

Professor Markus Herrgard on High Tech Summit: I hope that industry and academia...

Industry and academia are presenting new technologies, ideas and future perspectives at this year’s High Tech Summit at DTU. Markus Herrgard look forward - to inspire...

09 OCT

Professor Tilmann Weber on High Tech Summit: I look forward to extending my network...

High Tech Summit is being launched tomorrow. Professor Tilmann Weber is giving a Tech Talk and hopes to extend his network amongst the 4000 visitors.

Biotechnology and biochemistry Biological systems Genes and genomes Synthetic biology
17 SEP

DTU-spinout gets investment to fight pests

BioPhero, a spinout formed at The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (DTU Biosustain), receives 3 million Euro to develop pheromone-based products that...

Biotechnology and biochemistry
11 SEP

EUR 4.7 million to radical research ideas

Villum Fonden supports 53 new research ideas in their Villum Experiment programme . 18 grants were awarded to DTU researchers.

21 AUG

CasPER - a new method for diversification of enzymes

Scientists have invented a new method that allows for flexible engineering of essential and nonessential enzymes without additional engineering.

11 JUL

Analysing data accelerates the development of cell factories

They rarely steal the show and the big headlines, but the Analytics Unit at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability, DTU, is playing a crucial part in...

11 JUL

Three keys to how scientists can succeed as entrepreneurs

Commercialising scientific research requires a heavy focus on patenting, risk taking and people with an entrepreneurial mindset .

15 JUN

Pheromones in fight against pests

A new non-toxic technology can prevent harmful insects from multiplying, thus reducing the use of pesticides in agriculture.

Food, fish and agriculture Biotechnology and biochemistry
12 JUN

Postdoc, Pseudomonas and Postcards

H.C. Ørsted fellow Lorena Fernandez-Cabezon will contribute to CfB's mission of developing novel and robust bacterial cell factories for the sustainable production of chemicals...

12 JUN

Unleash the potential of data

By developing integrated software platforms the time and cost of making cell factories should be reduced.

08 JUN

Enzyme engineering contribute to production of new-to-nature glycosides

A new research group will focus on developing enzyme biocatalysts for the industrial production of natural products used as aromas, fragrances, dyes and pharmaceuticals...

08 JUN

Growth decoupling make bacteria better at producing chemicals

A set of molecular switches enable researchers to push bacteria to produce higher amounts of desired chemicals and proteins. The idea is to limit cell growth while still...

08 JUN

CRISPR technologies have changed the ball game

We are in the middle of a CHO revolution where gene editing can offer a significant change in biopharmaceutical manufacturing.

08 JUN

The fight to make pheromones an affordable alternative to insecticides

Scientists at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability , DTU, will replace conventional insecticides with pheromones to protect plants from pests...

21 MAR

Brewing Hoppy Beer Without the Hops

Scientific Director at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (DTU Biosustain), Jay Keasling, and his research group at UC Berkeley have used DNA-editing...

16 MAR

Tilmann Weber receives Professor title

Tilmann Weber has officially received the Professor title.

21 FEB

Evolution plays many tricks against large-scale bioproduction

Ultra-deep DNA sequencing of thousands of cells uncovers many competing mechanisms of evolution as a threat to efficient scale-up of biobased chemicals production. Evolution...

20 FEB

Pausing evolution makes bioproduction of chemicals affordable and efficient

Circumventing evolution in cell factories can pave the way for commercializing new biobased chemicals to large-scale.

09 FEB

How can research solve some of the world's major problems?

The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability will host the first “Wine and Science” (Vin & Videnskab) event of the year in collaboration with the National History...

07 FEB

Scientists make it possible to rank the risk of resistance genes

A new study published in Nature Communications will help to predict antibiotic resistance evolution and thus guide future drug development. 

31 JAN

New fermentation technology study programmes boost biotechnological production...

DTU is creating new study programmes in fermentation-based production with a grant of EUR 25 million (DKK 187 million) from the Novo Nordisk Foundation

Biotechnology and biochemistry Fermentation
30 JAN

DKK 255 million for the world’s most powerful protein ”microscope”

The Novo Nordisk Foundation is supporting the establishment of an ultra-modern research platform in Lund, Sweden. Researchers from DTU Chemistry, DTU Bioengineering and...

Chemistry
05 JAN

Research paves the way for new rational treatment strategies of multidrug-resistant...

A new study published in Cell Press finds that antibiotic treatment of chronic infections can be optimized by targeting vulnerabilities of antibiotic-resistant pathogens...

2017
22 DEC

Scientists edit new book about synthetic metabolic pathways

Michael Krogh Jensen and Jay Keasling from the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability has edited the new volume of Springer’s popular ‘Methods in Molecular...

08 DEC

Gregory Stephanopoulos wins Novozymes Award for Excellence in Biochemical and...

Professor of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology at  MIT, Gregory Stephanopoulos,  receives prestigious Novozymes prize for his research on how to use metabolic engineering...

07 DEC

"If we do not change direction, we may end up where we are heading"

The dangerous rise of populism and short-term policies makes it increasingly difficult to cope with climate change by transitioning into the use of new alternative energy...

13 NOV

Researchers hunt for tomorrow’s antimicrobial agents in the Christiania topsoil

The world desperately needs new types of antimicrobial agents to combat resistant bacteria. Researchers are therefore searching high and low for new antimicrobial agents...

Bacteria and microorganisms Biological systems Health and diseases
31 OCT

Chief Scientific Officer becomes hat-trick hero by winning Eric and Sheila Samson...

Jens Nielsen receives the  Eric and Sheila Samson Prime Minister's Prize for Innovation in Alternative Fuels for Transportation. The prize is given for his contributions...

27 OCT

Jens Nielsen receives gold medal for innovative research in the field of systems...

At a pompous ceremony in Stockholm Concert Hall, Prince Carl Philip of Sweden, on behalf of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, gave Jens Nielsen a gold medal. The...

10 OCT

22 new H.C. Ørsted fellows

DTU recently welcomed 22 highly talented researchers who have been granted a H.C. Ørsted COFUND fellowship. The 22 researchers come from all over the world and will spend...

05 OCT

Jens Nielsen honored by ENI for groundbreaking research on the production of fuels...

Jens Nielsen is awarded the prestigious 'Energy Frontiers Award' by the Italian oil company ENI for research on the engineering of microorganisms that open new solutions...

26 SEP

Scientific Director receives the Swedish Research Award

Scientific director at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability at the Technical University of Denmark, Mathias Uhlén, has been awarded the Swedish Research...

13 SEP

DKK 34 million for independent research at DTU

Three DTU researchers have received the prestigious ERC Starting Grants from the European Research Council for independent basic research.

13 SEP

DNA-helix binds people together

DTU Biosustain are proud to introduce its brand new employee: "The name is Helix, DNA Helix."

20 JUL

Some of the best scientists are actually supercomputers

Everything is super! Supercomputers will soon be able to solve mysteries related to complex cellular processes using machine learning. Scientists from both universities...

30 JUN

Good news travels fast

Research conducted at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability - DTU Biosustain – at Technical University of Denmark goes worldwide.

Photo: Joachim Rode
22 JUN

Analysing cell factories

This ultra-modern analytical laboratory is located in the recently inaugurated premises on the DTU Lyngby campus housing the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability...

Biotechnology and biochemistry
14 JUN

Scientists solve 30-year old mystery on how resistance genes spread

Scientists have revealed that certain disease-causing bacteria get their resistance genes in a complex process involving bacterial ‘sex’. This new knowledge can potentially...

Bacteria and microorganisms Biological systems Cells Enzymes and proteins Fermentation Genes and genomes Synthetic biology
13 JUN

Ten researchers receive grants for 'wild' experiments

VILLUM FONDEN is giving ten researchers up to DKK 2 million (EUR 268,000) each in funding to explore novel ideas. The money is earmarked for innovative and ‘wild’ ideas...

Biotechnology and biochemistry Energy Physics Information technology Medicine and medico technology
13 JUN

Science is a cause for curious souls

Advocating for science in public was the theme when the rewarded American professor Kenneth R. Miller spoke at the PhD club’s event ‘Science Pub’. 

Bacteria and microorganisms Biological systems Cells Enzymes and proteins Fermentation Genes and genomes Synthetic biology
15 MAY

Sci-fi computer gamers help scientists analyse big data

Why not make thousands of gamers do your (insurmountable) data analysis, instead of trying to do it yourself? It may sound crazy, but nevertheless, this was exactly what...

Bacteria and microorganisms Biological systems Cells Enzymes and proteins Fermentation Genes and genomes Synthetic biology
11 APR

Study of penicillin fungi reveals great potential for new antibiotics

Even though the penicillin fungus provided the world with its first commercial antibiotic – penicillin – the fungus most likely still has a few tricks left up its sleeve...

Bacteria and microorganisms Biological systems Cells Enzymes and proteins Fermentation Genes and genomes Synthetic biology
07 APR

Research break-through: Producing gasoline in yeast cell factories

There have been many attempts to modify this stubborn little enzyme. But none have succeeded, until now. With these new findings, the enzyme FAS has started to produce...

Bacteria and microorganisms Biological systems Cells Enzymes and proteins Fermentation Genes and genomes Synthetic biology
04 APR

Scientists discover how to make ‘click-on’ antibiotics

An international team of scientists have shown that they can modify a well-known antibiotic into new derivatives. The technique paves the way for new antibiotics, which...

Bacteria and microorganisms Biological systems Cells Enzymes and proteins Fermentation Genes and genomes Synthetic biology
03 APR

Turning smelly waste into green chemicals and plastics

Researchers and companies enrolled in a new international project called DAFIA will turn fish waste and organic household rubbish into high value products such as plastic...

Bacteria and microorganisms Biological systems Cells Enzymes and proteins Fermentation Genes and genomes Synthetic biology
24 MAR

Aging: The environment affects the genome

A new study of aging E. coli bacteria shows that cells mutate with age. With this knowledge, scientists will be able to make vulnerable genes more robust in order to...

Bacteria and microorganisms Biological systems Cells Enzymes and proteins Fermentation Genes and genomes Synthetic biology
20 MAR

'Chemical warfare' plant enzymes could produce medicine in bacteria

Special enzymes from plants can produce valuable drugs and chemicals when introduced to bacteria, new research shows. Both anti-malarial, anti-cancer drugs, and psoriasis...

Bacteria and microorganisms Biological systems Cells Enzymes and proteins Fermentation Genes and genomes Synthetic biology
07 MAR

Scandinavian collaboration to produce all human secreted proteins

A new research program has been started to produce all the human secreted proteins in mammalian cell factories. The program aims to facilitate studies of this important...

Bacteria and microorganisms Biological systems Cells Enzymes and proteins Fermentation Genes and genomes Synthetic biology
06 MAR

The first steps towards strawberry pills against Alzheimer's

In a few years, you could probably take a strawberry pill to prevent Alzheimer's or red wine pills against heart diseases. Researchers have studied the beneficial molecules...

Bacteria and microorganisms Biological systems Cells Enzymes and proteins Fermentation Genes and genomes Synthetic biology
17 FEB

Two researchers in top 10 of research-to-business in Europe

Two researchers from The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability figure on Labiotech.eu’s top 10 of European academics excelling in translating research into...

Bacteria and microorganisms Biological systems Cells Enzymes and proteins Fermentation Genes and genomes Synthetic biology
07 FEB

One step closer to personalized antibiotic treatment

Microbes in the gut can “disarm” antibiotics, leading to antibiotic resistance and incurable infections. A new method makes it possible to quickly detect resistance genes...

Bacteria and microorganisms Biological systems Cells Enzymes and proteins Fermentation Genes and genomes Synthetic biology
30 JAN

New pre-pilot plant will develop cell factories for industry

The Novo Nordisk Foundation has granted almost 118 M DKK for the establishment of a fermentation plant at DTU Biosustain. The plant will make it possible to test so-called...

Bacteria and microorganisms Biological systems Cells Enzymes and proteins Fermentation Genes and genomes Synthetic biology
26 JAN

Millions for research into antibiotic resistance and better drugs

In a press release issued today, the Novo Nordisk Foundation reveals that it is grating a total of DKK 300 million (EUR 40 million) to five ambitious research projects...

Cells Synthetic biology Genes and genomes Medical equipment and systems Health and diseases
26 JAN

Research program on new antibiotics receives 58 M DKK

The Novo Nordisk Foundation has granted 58 Million DKK for a big research program aiming at discovering new antibiotics. The battle against antibiotic resistance is on...

Bacteria and microorganisms Biological systems Cells Enzymes and proteins Fermentation Genes and genomes Synthetic biology
09 JAN

Important bio-chemical produced on a large scale by E.coli

E. coli cells have now been engineered into producing large quantities of serine, which is used in detergents, tube feeding formula, and as building blocks for many...

Bacteria and microorganisms Biological systems Cells Enzymes and proteins Fermentation Genes and genomes Synthetic biology
04 JAN

Copenhagen Bioscience Conference 2017: Where big-data gets translated into knowledge

Are you drowning in data? Or do you need some new inspiration on how to analyse your biological data? If so, apply for the Copenhagen Bioscience Conference (CBC) 2017...

Cells Synthetic biology
2016
01 DEC

New computational model provides a tool for improving the production of valuable...

An extensive study involving partners from five continents has resulted in a model describing the metabolism of Chinese hamster ovary cells (CHO). This model can be used...

Bacteria and microorganisms Biological systems Cells Enzymes and proteins Fermentation Genes and genomes Synthetic biology
29 NOV

3 Directors on Thomson Reuters' highly cited list – again

3 Scientific Directors from The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability appear – for the second year in a row – on the Thomson Reuters list of highly cited...

Bacteria and microorganisms Biological systems Cells Enzymes and proteins Fermentation Genes and genomes Synthetic biology
24 NOV

Take a closer look at your E. coli

Researchers from the The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability have discovered that different E. coli strains, often thought to be very similar, actually...

Bacteria and microorganisms Biological systems Cells Enzymes and proteins Fermentation Genes and genomes Synthetic biology
23 NOV

Growth switches make bacteria better at producing chemicals

A set of new molecular switches enable researchers to “push” bacteria to produce higher amounts of desired chemicals and proteins. The trick is to limit cell growth while...

Bacteria and microorganisms Biological systems Cells Enzymes and proteins Fermentation Genes and genomes Synthetic biology
18 NOV

The Novozymes Award in Biochemical and Chemical Engineering 2016 goes to Bernhard...

Professor Bernhard Palsson received this year’s Novozymes Award within Biochemical and Chemical Engineering. As a young scientist, he was told that trying to compute...

Bacteria and microorganisms Biological systems Cells Enzymes and proteins Fermentation Genes and genomes Synthetic biology
17 NOV

HRH Prince Joachim was impressed with DTU Biosustain

On November 17, His Royal Highness Prince Joachim cut the ribbon to the new home of The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability – DTU Biosustain. The Prince...

Bacteria and microorganisms Biological systems Cells Enzymes and proteins Fermentation Genes and genomes Synthetic biology

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