Industrial Biotechnology

DTU Bioengineering expands the cell factory repertoire by designing, developing and using cell factories covering all major systems of industrial importance including bacteria, yeast, filamentous fungi, mammalian cells and plants.

Robust, scalable systems for cultivation are developed which support quantitative analysis and advanced physiological characterization methods. There is a focus on continuous improvement in throughput by minimizing scale and increasing automation.

Implementation of sustainable bioprocesses is of paramount importance. This is facilitated by the discovery or engineering of novel hosts and enzymes for the conversion of renewable resources to a range of value added products to meet the demands of modern society for new pharmaceuticals, bio-based materials, chemicals and food ingredients. Discovery, structure-function characterization and engineering of proteins and enzymes are pursued to develop food and biotech ingredients and processing agents to improve food supply and quality as well as bioconversion tools in processes involving valorization of biomass and waste.

Synthetic biology approaches are implemented to revolutionize the ability to obtain products via targeted biosynthetic pathway engineering.  This drives a simultaneous technology development, essential for assessing, predicting and optimizing cell characteristics.  Such technologies promise to positively impact the bio-based economy.