World-class research center

Novo Nordisk is aiming to improve its research center by bringing in well-respected names from within industrial biotechnology research.

Two of the world’s top names from within industrial biotechnology research are coming to Denmark. From January 1st 2013, Professor Sang Yup Lee from Kaist, South Korea, and Professor Jay Keasling from the University of California at Berkeley, USA, will be attached to the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability, where they will each create a team of scientists.

The affiliation of the two professors will account for a large proportion of a new EUR 17.5 million grant to promote the internationalization of the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability, which was opened at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) in 2011.

The extension of the research center means that the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability will be entering into formal partnerships with the two professors’ institutions, which are at the forefront of industrial biotechnology research.

Global potential
The two new professors will be able to provide the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability with access to specialized knowledge and help the center become a world leader in the field of industrial biotechnology.

-To become world leader, it is increasingly important to be part of global networks. The center’s goal is to become a world-class research center with global reach, and we’re therefore very pleased to welcome Professor Sang Yup Lee and Professor Jay Keasling as scientific directors at the center, says Professor Bernhard Palsson, managing director of the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability.

The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability conducts research into the design, construction and optimization of cell factories (bacteria, fungi and cell cultures) for the production of chemicals. These areas are estimated by the World Economic Forum as having the greatest potential for solving some of the today’s major global problems.

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