Open science

We are committed to open science. We strive to always be open and reach out to the biotech industry and other academic institutions for open scientific approaches and collaborations whenever possible.

Our open science – and open access – strategy is in line with DTU’s full commitment to the National Open Access strategy, aiming for 100% access by 2025 to all peer reviewed publications with at most 12 months delay. 

Additionally, we have a lot of concrete initiatives to support open science. For instance, we have already successfully piloted access to our unique Adaptive Laboratory Evolution (ALE) capabilities to external researchers in industry and academia. The Pre-Pilot Plant is also a very important part of our open science initiatives, and this unit works closely with local biotech companies on process development and optimisation. The aim is to grant more industrial collaborators access to our facilities to enhance collaboration, research and discovery. 

Here are some more examples of our current open science initiatives and involvements: 
- The Biofoundry and Informatics Unit engages in open science initiatives through the BioRoboost community and the Global Biofoundries Alliance, which the Centre is a founding member of.
- Also, our researchers develop and actively takes part in open science initiatives, such as openCOBRA (https://opencobra.github.io/), which provides researchers with easy access to core Constraint-Based Reconstruction and Analysis (COBRA) methodologies. We also distribute many of our molecular tools, such as CRISPR toolkits, vectors etc. Find more available scientific tools here.
- Our researchers are also responsible for developing and maintaining antiSMASH, the leading Biosynthetic Gene Cluster mining software.
- More broadly, our researchers aim to use open source scientific software (e.g., Python, R, Stan, C), to contribute to these software initiatives, and to share all developed software (e.g., through Github).

All of these initiatives can make ground for establishing even more strategic alliances with key national industrial players to make science even more accessible to more players and partners in the scientific community.