The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability, Denmark

The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (CFB, was established in collaboration with the Technical University of Denmark. The Center opened in 2011, and the Novo Nordisk Foundation has awarded grants totaling DKK 1,1 billion (€150 million) to establish and further develop the center. Prof. Bernhard Palsson is the CEO. CFB currently employs 196 people.

The overall aim of the CFB is to design, construct, and test cell factories by developing and perfecting metabolic engineering technologies. Plastic bags, toys, cancer drugs, fuel and food ingredients are usually manufactured from chemical materials based on oil or compounds extracted from plants. However, using oils and plants is not sustainable and the manufacturing depletes our natural resources and increases carbon dioxide emissions. Instead, these products could be produced sustainably using biological production hosts – cell factories. Thus, the CFB is an interdisciplinary research center whose primary aim is to develop new knowledge and technology that can support the transformation from a petrochemical based industry to a more sustainable bio-based industry.