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a novo nordisk foundation initiative
Cell Factories and Biosustainability - Now open for abstract submissions - is now closed for abstract submission.
Confirmed speakers:
  • Abhay Joshi (Alvine Pharmaceutical Inc., USA)
  • Alan Berry (Novozymes Inc., USA)
  • Byung-Kwan Cho (KAIST, Korea)
  • Costas Maranas (The Pennsylvania State University, USA)
  • Danilo Porro (University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy)
  • Gregory Stephanopoulos (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Gyun-Min Lee (KAIST, Korea)
  • Hal S. Alper (The University of Texas at Austin, USA)
  • Hatzimanikatis Vassily (Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, EPFL, Switzerland)
  • Jack T. Pronk (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands)
  • James Liao (Metabolic Engineering and Synthetic Biology Lab. LA, USA)
  • Jay Keasling (​Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA)



  • Jeff Lievense (Genomatica, USA)
  • Jens Nielsen (Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden)
  • John Pierce (BP, UK)
  • Kristala L Jones Prather (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Lars Nielsen (The University of Queensland, Australia)
  • Mark Burk (Genomatica, USA)
  • Martin Fussenegger (ETH Zürich, Switzerland)
  • Michael J. Betenbaugh (Johns Hopkins University, USA)
  • Nicole Borth (University of Natural Resources and Life Science, Vienna, Austria)
  • Ryan Gill (University of Colorado, USA)
  • Sang Yup Lee (KAIST, Korea)

All conferences expenses covered:

Registration fee, accommodation and local costs for all attendees are covered by The Novo Nordisk Foundation. This includes hotel, meals, drink, and transport during the conference. Attendees pay their own travel expenses to and from the conference venue. Travel grants are available.

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Important Dates
New application Deadline: December 31, 12 noon (GMT), 2012
Evaluation Period: Dec. 2012 to mid Jan. 2013
Notification of faculty decision: End January , 2013
Conference Dates: May 5-8, 2013
The Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability, Technical University of Copenhagen (DTU)
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 Bernhard Palsson
Jens Nielsen ​ Mathias Uhlen
An exclusive three day conference featuring keynotes by 25 of the world’s top scientists within Cell Factories and Biosustainability. Topics include: Technical driver for change in designing cell factories, genome-scale science, experience with cell factories - bacteria, yeast, and CHO cells, practical implementation of cell factories, mini"debates" on current and critical issues.

Cell Factories and Biosustainability:

Cellular factories are expected to play a significant role in chemical manufacturing over the coming decades as we develop sustainable societies and lifestyles. The spectrum of compounds that can be made with cellular factories ranges from commodity chemicals, on the low end of the price scale, to therapeutic molecules, on the high end. A number of important technological drivers, both experimental and computational, have made cellular factories a realistic prospect to achieve this goal.

About the conference

To support cross pollination and a free atmosphere of trust and openness the maximum number of participants at the conference will be 160 including faculty. The conference will take place in beautiful surroundings north of Copenhagen, isolated from outside intrusions. The participants will be staying at or near the conference site and no other parties will be present during the conference period.

The aim is to create an atmosphere where fresh research and new ideas can be discussed freely.  The conference is fully sponsored by the Novo Nordisk Foundation who covers the conference fee, hotel, transport and meals during the conference. Participants cover their own travel expenses.

• Technical driver for change in designing cell factories
• Genome-scale science
• Experience with cell factories:
bacteria, yeast and CHO cells
• Practical implementation of cell factories
• Mini ‘debates’ on current and critical issues :

Cell Factories and Biosustainability