Gemeente Delft

Delft, creating history

Economic and innovation growth in the city of Delft.

Delft represents a unique economic ecosystem, a city that breathes innovation and technology. Delft is very dynamical because of the 25,000 students that study here and institutes like the Technical University Delft and TNO and a large number of innovative companies.

Furthermore, a lot these companies are often active in fields that really matter for society, like food, security and sustainability. That’s something to be proud of. The city of Delft promotes and supports industries, like biotechnology, that contribute to the high-tech identity of Delft.

The city of Delft welcomes new companies in the field of biotechnology and provides a soft landing. With supporting platforms such as Planet, they can connect with these young biotech companies and provide the right business climate to help them grow.

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Interview with Professor Jack Pronk: About the Intersection of Academia and Entrepreneurship in Industrial Biotechnology

Jack Pronk is full professor in Industrial Microbiology and the head of the Biotechnology Department at TU Delft. His research focuses on understanding enhancing microbial performance in industrial processes by integrating quantitative physiology, genomics, synthetic biology, and evolutionary engineering. His team's work on yeast engineering for alcoholic fermentation and improving ethanol yields is applied on an industrial scale. Recently, he was awarded the prestigious Novozymes Prize, given annually since 1963 for outstanding European research in biotechnology. Planet had the opportunity to sit down with Professor Pronk to discuss his views on entrepreneurship in industrial biotechnology.


Hologenomix | Pioneering Multi-Omics Profiles for Early Disease Diagnosis

Hologenomix, the newest resident at Planet, is creating multi-omics profiles from human biofluids. As the first user of our Shared Service Lab, Hologenomix is poised to revolutionize early disease diagnosis through DNA analysis. Co-founders David Calderon Franco and Eric van der Toorn share insights into their journey and vision.


Fishway: Innovating the Future of Fish through Cellular Aquaculture

Fishway, member of Planet, is the new kid on the block in the field of cellular aquaculture. Founded by Nina Coolsaet and Sam Van de Velde, Fishway aims to address the pressing challenges faced by the traditional fishing industry, such as overfishing, pollution, and the decline in biodiversity. By producing fish-derived ingredients, Fishway hopes to offer a sustainable alternative that preserves the nutritional benefits of fish without the environmental downsides.