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2019
14 JUN

DTU promotes health technology programmes

With the Advanced Materials and Healthcare Engineering programme, due to start this autumn, DTU now offers seven master’s programmes focusing on health with a technological...

Medicine and medico technology Biotechnology and biochemistry
27 MAY

Fungal batteries will store alternative energy

Researchers from DTU and Aalborg University receive donation from Novo Nordisk Foundation for the development of biodegradable batteries.

Biotechnology and biochemistry Biological systems Energy storage Electricity supply Solar energy Wind energy Electrochemistry Climate adaption
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
16 MAY

Cancer cell genomes identified using new technology

Two cancer cells from the same tumour may have totally different DNA profiles. A new technique to identify them may lead to better treatments.

Biotechnology and biochemistry Cells Genes and genomes Medicine and medico technology
16 MAY

Cancer cell genomes identified using new technology

Two cancer cells from the same tumour may have totally different DNA profiles. A new technique to identify them may lead to better treatments.

Biotechnology and biochemistry Cells Genes and genomes Medicine and medico technology
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
11 APR

Intestinal bacteria and their genetics determine dietary advice

Dietary advice should be more personalized and based on knowledge of the composition of the individual person’s intestinal bacteria.

Biotechnology and biochemistry Bacteria and microorganisms Biological systems Genes and genomes Nutrition and dietary habits Health-promoting compounds
05 APR

Personalized medicine for children with cancer

In a joint project involving Rigshospitalet and DTU, parents of all Danish children with cancer will be given the offer to have the genetic characteristics of their children...

Genes and genomes Biotechnology and biochemistry Medicine and medico technology Health and diseases Computer calculations
05 APR

How close are we to personalized medicine?

Mapping patients’ genetic make-up could lead to better treatment for a wide range of diseases.

Medicine and medico technology Genes and genomes Computer calculations Information technology
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
15 MAR

Can insects feed the world

Putting insects on the menu requires more than just good presentation, according to Roberto Flore, a renowned chef who has travelled far and wide to explore the world of...

Food, fish and agriculture Enzymes and proteins
15 MAR

Fish can be fed plant waste products

Fish from fish farms are feeding more and more mouths. But what should the fish eat? Research shows that plant proteins may be the answer.

Food, fish and agriculture Enzymes and proteins
15 MAR

From seaweed to proteins

Food researchers have invented methods for extracting proteins from seaweed. One of them is now being tested in a pilot plant at ingredient producer CP Kelco .

Enzymes and proteins Biotechnology and biochemistry Food technology
15 MAR

Healthy low-cost food for the third world

Research plays a key role when dairy giant Arla Foods develops products for third-world countries.

Enzymes and proteins
15 MAR

New protein sources

Cases for DTU’s research and innovation in relation to proteins for animal feed and food products.

Biotechnology and biochemistry Food, fish and agriculture Enzymes and proteins
08 MAR

Sewage reveals levels of antimicrobial resistance worldwide

Sewage can reveal the occurrence of antimicrobial resistant bacteria among healthy populations, an international study led by the Technical University of Denmark shows...

Bacteria and microorganisms Genes and genomes Food safety Health and diseases
07 MAR

Postdocs receive millions for international research

Three postdocs from DTU each receive EUR 175,000–200,000 from Independent Research Fund Denmark for conducting research at elite international universities.

Biotechnology and biochemistry Energy Fuel cells Micro and nanotechnology
28 FEB

The UN highlights Danish fight against antimicrobial resistance

In the fight against antibiotic resistance, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, FAO, is encouraging other countries to be inspired by Denmark's experience in reducing...

Food, fish and agriculture Bacteria and microorganisms Food safety
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
05 FEB

Grains are beneficial to health

A six-year-long, large-scale research cooperation has documented that a diet, which includes whole-grains helps to prevent type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease...

Bacteria and microorganisms Nutrition and dietary habits Health and diseases
23 JAN

New study programme focuses on healthcare technology materials

From autumn 2019, DTU offers a new MSc programme in advanced materials and healthcare engineering.

Medical equipment and systems Biotechnology and biochemistry
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
22 JAN

Portrait: “I wish there was a parallel world”

Mother during the day. Researcher at night. Meet Fatima AlZahra’a Alatraktchi who has developed a nanosensor to understand the language of bacteria.

Biotechnology and biochemistry Bacteria and microorganisms Medicine and medico technology
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
10 JAN

Danish antimicrobial surveillance model inspires in Asia

In their efforts to monitor and control antimicrobial use in humans and animals, Asian authorities have been learning from the experience gained by Danish experts at...

Bacteria and microorganisms Food, fish and agriculture Food safety Health and diseases
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
14 DEC

Young researcher of the year will develop precision medicine

Freshmen Frederik Gade won the title of ‘Young Researcher of the Year’ for his in-depth study of the actions of proteins in the body’s cells. Ahead lie the World Championships...

Biotechnology and biochemistry
06 DEC

EUR 3.9 million to five young DTU researchers

Independent Research fund Denmark awards EUR 26 million to 34 young researchers with original ideas and high research leader ambitions. Five of them are from DTU.

Bacteria and microorganisms Biological systems Genes and genomes Semiconductors Electronics
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
30 NOV

New paper in Nature Biotechnology

An international research team, headed by Professor Sine Reker Hadrup from DTU Nanotech, has developed a new screening tool to improve cancer immunotherapy.

Cells Health and diseases
29 NOV

Turning stem cells into bone with nanoclay-reinforced hydrogel

Assistant professor Alireza Dolatshahi-Pirouz and colleagues have developed a hydrogel that combines synthetic materials with living cells, and can turn stem cells into...

Biotechnology and biochemistry Cells Health and diseases
27 NOV

Exchange agreement on biotech students between Denmark and India

Sponsored by Novozymes and the Henning Holck-Larsen Foundation, biotech students at DTU can now receive a grant to go on an exchange to India.

Biotechnology and biochemistry
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
02 NOV

Bioinformaticians map new hereditary disease

DTU has helped identify a previously overlooked syndrome associated with heart problems. The discovery was recently published in the prestigious New England Journal of...

Biotechnology and biochemistry
01 NOV

Increasing biogas yield from manure

A new method makes agricultural manure far more suitable as a raw material for biogas.

Bacteria and microorganisms Organic chemistry Bioenergy Energy production
01 NOV

Extraordinary effort in the study of gut bacteria recognized

Postdoc Martin Laursen from the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, has received a Young Researcher Award from the university for his study of the...

Nutrition and dietary habits Bacteria and microorganisms Health and diseases
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
22 OCT

More antimicrobial resistance in pigs than in broilers in Europe

In the largest metagenomics study of production animals to date, the Technical University of Denmark has found more antimicrobial resistance in pigs than in broilers...

Genes and genomes Bacteria and microorganisms Food, fish and agriculture Food safety
16 OCT

Robot tracks environmental DNA from fish on seabed

Researchers from DTU Aqua are currently testing the world’s first underwater eDNA laboratory. It checks the water daily for DNA traces from four species of fish

Fisheries and fish stocks Genes and genomes
10 OCT

Intelligent patch warns of infected wounds

Infections in surgical wounds make up an estimated two per cent of all hospital expenses in Denmark.

Information technology Bacteria and microorganisms Chemistry
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
02 OCT

Breaktrough in snake envenoming

Research breakthrough in antivenom based on human antibodies can save lives.

Biotechnology and biochemistry
02 OCT

Antimicrobial use in animals has decreased four years in a row

The use of antimicrobials in animals in Denmark fell in 2017. This is one of the findings of the annual DANMAP report for 2017. Antimicrobial consumption has now decreased...

Food, fish and agriculture Food safety Bacteria and microorganisms Genes and genomes
25 SEP

Top researcher: digitize your health data

One of the most cited researchers in Denmark, Professor Jun Wang, participates in DTU High Tech Summit and urges all Danes to digitize their health data.

Biotechnology and biochemistry Medicine and medico technology
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
16 JUL

Q&A - Do gut bacteria cause obesity?

Research into gut bacteria has exploded over the past ten years. Scientists are investigating the role these bacteria play for our health, including how they affect our...

Bacteria and microorganisms Health and diseases
06 JUL

Luminous algae become sustainable lamps at Roskilde Festival

The DTU start-up Allumen will inspire people to think about the perspectives of using luminous algae as a sustainable alternative to normal light sources.

Biotechnology and biochemistry Entrepreneurship Innovation and product development
05 JUL

Great time saving in the development of skincare products

A method developed at the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, allows skincare manufacturers to predict the shelf life of their products in just...

Biotechnology and biochemistry
26 JUN

The biotech industry should change production methods

DTU researchers encourage the biotech industry to switch production away from pure cell cultures to genetically engineered microbial societies.

Biotechnology and biochemistry
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
14 JUN

New online course on metagenomics applied to infectious disease monitoring

Students from around the world can learn about metagenomics applied to antimicrobial resistance monitoring for free in a new online course from DTU.

Bacteria and microorganisms Genes and genomes Food, fish and agriculture Food safety
14 JUN

Smart golf balls for bioindustry

A free-flowing sensor monitors the processes in large production tanks. The sensor has been developed by Freesense , a small start-up company

Innovation and product development Chemical engineering Biological systems Sensors
06 JUN

‘Seeing is believing’

Electron microscope images provide understanding and evidence of a world we cannot see with the naked eye.

Micro and nanotechnology Bacteria and microorganisms
01 JUN

Nature's defence mechanisms can reduce the use of antibiotics

Researchers at DTU have identified natural peptides that fight bacteria, thereby reducing the need for antibiotics.

Bacteria and microorganisms Food, fish and agriculture Food safety Health and diseases Production animals
30 MAY

Eight EU projects will generate knowledge about One Health

The EU Commission has recognized the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark’s One Health expertise through the allocation of funds for eight new research...

Food, fish and agriculture Food safety Bacteria and microorganisms
24 MAY

Antimicrobial resistance can be transferred between bacteria

Researchers have shown that bacteria can exchange genes across strains. Hopefully, that knowledge can be used to reduce the spread of antimicrobial resistance.

Bacteria and microorganisms Environment and pollution
17 MAY

Major EU grants to pioneering research

Grants Researchers receive funding from the European Commission for pioneering research.

Metals and alloys Biotechnology and biochemistry Materials Medicine and medico technology
03 MAY

Digitalization, health, food and biotech set the stage for High Tech Summit 2018

DTU’s High Tech Summit is attracting considerable interest from the business community who have already bought or booked 60 of the 70 stands.

Information technology Biotechnology and biochemistry Medicine and medico technology Food, fish and agriculture
03 APR

Researchers create microscopic toxin alarm

Together with Israeli colleagues, DTU researchers have built a sensor equipped with bacteria which light up when exposed to certain toxic substances.

Biotechnology and biochemistry Bacteria and microorganisms Micro and nanotechnology
15 MAR

Stinking sludge into energy and fertilizer

DTU start-up utilizes sludge from fish farming and wastewater to produce heat and fertilizer.

Biotechnology and biochemistry Food, fish and agriculture Environment and pollution
14 MAR

Online course from DTU among the best in the world

A free online course from the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, about whole genome sequencing has been named as one of the 20 best new MOOC e...

Bacteria and microorganisms Genes and genomes Food safety
13 MAR

Strong university research benefits Danish life science sector

The life science sector is an important growth driver in the Danish economy. University research plays a decisive role in life science companies’ development and growth...

Biotechnology and biochemistry Electrotechnology Micro and nanotechnology
13 MAR

“We acquire new knowledge and new technological solutions”

For Novozymes, close contact with the universities is important to ensure the acquisition of new knowledge and technology—and to recruit talented employees.

Biotechnology and biochemistry
13 MAR

“It gives us the opportunity to take some risks”

Joint research projects with universities mean that Sophion Biosciences can innovate technologies in which there is a high risk that the results cannot be used in the company...

Biotechnology and biochemistry Micro and nanotechnology
13 MAR

New life science facilities at DTU

Since 2010, DTU has accelerated new building projects—as well as development and renovation of the existing buildings at DTU—to make room for new, ultra-modern, research...

Biotechnology and biochemistry
28 FEB

DTU to boost research in microbial antibiotics

DTU is opening a new centre focusing on production of antibiotic substances by bacteria and fungi.

Bacteria and microorganisms Biological systems Biotechnology and biochemistry Chemistry Organic chemistry
08 FEB

Tomorrow’s alcohol can be made from surplus milk sugar

New technology from DTU can convert milk sugar (lactose) in dairy by-products into alcohol. The newly established company behind the technology has received start-up...

Bacteria and microorganisms Food, fish and agriculture Food technology Food production
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
2017
27 DEC

10 fat American pigs to DTU Risø Campus

Over 47 per cent of adult Danes are overweight and more than 320,000 have diabetes. A fat American pig is the means towards better treatment.

Health and diseases Biotechnology and biochemistry
18 DEC

Untouched by human hands: Better, safer biotech production

Continuous automatic sampling during production aims to keep Danish biotechnology at the forefront. The equipment, and the company behind it, are the result of fruitful...

Biotechnology and biochemistry Food production
01 DEC

Better crops using evolved bacteria

Newly appointed professor at DTU Bioengineering develops new strains of soil bacteria that can enhance the growth of plants and strengthen their resistance.

Biotechnology and biochemistry
01 DEC

DTU signs agreement on personalized medicine in Singapore

A new collaboration agreement will position DTU within personalized medicine. The goal is more focused patient care and reduced costs.

Biotechnology and biochemistry
21 NOV

Prize awarded for battle against global food challenges

On Monday 20 November, Frank Møller Aarestrup received the Nils Foss Excellence Prize 2017 for his groundbreaking research within the field of antimicrobial resistance...

Bacteria and microorganisms Genes and genomes Food, fish and agriculture Food safety
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
06 NOV

Snake victims to get right anti-venom

Students from DTU Biobuilders have developed an apparatus that can ensure the correct antidote for snake bite victims. They are now presenting their results in Boston...

Synthetic biology
Foto: Bax Lindhardt
03 NOV

HRH The Crown Prince inaugurates new building complex

The inauguration of DTU’s new building complex—which brings together a large part of the University’s research environment within life sciences and bioengineering—was kicked...

Biotechnology and biochemistry Food, fish and agriculture
30 OCT

Society of tomorrow based on biomass

Biological material that would otherwise be regarded as waste can be put to far better use. We simply have to decide to do it,” says Lene Lange, DTU’s expert in the National...

Biotechnology and biochemistry Food, fish and agriculture
24 OCT

Want to smell my moss culture?

Associate Professor Henrik Toft Simonsen from DTU Bioengineering hosted a reception for his company— Mosspiration Biotech —which has got off to a good start selling its...

Biotechnology and biochemistry
22 OCT

Uterine bacteria can affect the foetus

According to new research, women can have bacteria in their uteri which may have an impact on foetuses’ immune systems. Until now, the ovaries, Fallopian tubes, and the...

Bacteria and microorganisms Health and diseases
02 AUG

Learn about whole genome sequencing - for free

With just a few clicks of a mouse, students around the world can access a free online course on whole genome sequencing – an approach that allows a microorganism’s entire...

Food, fish and agriculture Genes and genomes
27 JUL

Danish reference genome now mapped

Danish researchers now have unprecedented and extremely precise knowledge of the genetic makeup of the Danish population, having analysed the genes of 50 families. The...

Biotechnology and biochemistry Genes and genomes
14 JUL

Better immunotherapy for cancer patients

Does immunotherapy work better in cancer patients who, for example, have had influenza? This will be studied in a research project at Herlev Hospital involving DTU.

Health and diseases Cells Enzymes and proteins Genes and genomes Bacteria and microorganisms Viruses Fermentation
04 JUL

Tree pump system can drive robots of the future

Researchers have developed a chip that mimics trees’ water and nutrient transporting system. Looking to the future, this knowledge can be used in small robots or in factories...

Biotechnology and biochemistry Biological systems Chemistry
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
06 JUN

Health sciences also an engineering discipline

There is great potential in developing new technology that can address health challenges—and DTU aims to be part of the solution.

Biological systems Organic chemistry Medicine and medico technology
19 MAY

“Beer is polytechnology”

DTU Brewery’s founder—Preben Bøje Hansen—is 61 and still busy developing the noble art of beer brewing.

Food, fish and agriculture Biotechnology and biochemistry
Photo: Marianne Vang Ryde
18 MAY

Beer is really just a by-product

At DTU Brewery, the students draw on several study programmes to learn about food equipment, hygiene, and processes. We went along to watch Rasmus carry out his first brewing...

Food, fish and agriculture Biotechnology and biochemistry
02 MAY

New cell factories to ensure Denmark leading position in bioproduct production

50,000 Danish jobs in the fermentation sector can become many more when a new project revolutionizes the construction of cell factories—potentially increasing Denmark’s...

Biotechnology and biochemistry Fermentation Cells
21 APR

Two new Centers of Excellence

The Danish National Research Foundation invests DKK 120 million in two new centres at DTU.

Biotechnology and biochemistry Physics Space research
07 APR

Ingredients—a quiet success story

With 14 per cent of the global market and a revenue of up to DKK 35 billion (EUR 470 million), the Danish ingredients industry has relatively unnoticed developed into a...

Food, fish and agriculture Food production Food technology Health-promoting compounds Bacteria and microorganisms Enzymes and proteins
Foto: KONTRAFRAME
06 APR

SiteCover provides dry weather for construction work

Giant tent at DTU Lyngby Campus is to protect the future construction of laboratory building 205A from rain. The tent is the third largest of its kind in Denmark and will...

Biotechnology and biochemistry Food, fish and agriculture

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