Planet offers a unique scale up ecosystem focused on industrial biotechnology.

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Planet is a non-profit organisation that contributes to the transition of today's fossil-based, linear economy to tomorrow's bio-based, circular economy, by promoting Industrial Biotechnology. We do so by sharing the incredible amount of biotech knowledge and infrastructure available on the Biotech Campus Delft, where we are located. We actively invest in creating a hub in Delft, the Netherlands, where relevant knowledge and networks are shared, and where you will find a professional workspace that inspires you and enables your business to grow. 

We understand that your business is one of the most important things in your life. We also understand that creating a new or innovative business in biotech is not easy. It is our mission to support you to make your business dreams come true. As a tenant of Planet, you do not just rent a lab or an office. You will get access to the ecosystem of industrial biotech knowledge and tools that we are continuously building on. We connect you to the right people and services!  

Meet the team
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Biotechnology for a more sustainable planet

The world is currently facing enormous challenges. Major transformations need to take place to create solutions for society’s most pressing challenges:

  • Energy transition, aiming to reduce use of fossil resources and emission of greenhouse gasses.
  • Sustainable production, aiming to reduce depletion and waste by implementing circular production and product reusability.
  • Food transition, aiming to reduce inefficiencies along the food chain (from production to waste).

At Planet, we believe that biotechnology is a key technology to enable these transformations. Microbial organisms have lived on earth for 3.5 billion years, and have done nothing else than circular, biobased production. Modern biotechnological techniques allow us to adjust micro organisms to grow on a variety of feedstocks otherwise considered as waste or low value byproducts, and produce a variety of useful products, from cosmetics to food to medicines to fuel.

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Delft; biotechnology hotspot of the world

For centuries, Delft has been one of the biotechnology "hotspots" in the world. Anthony van Leeuwenhoek was born in Delft in 1632 and got world famous for his ground breaking discoveries on microscopes, for the first time getting a glimpse of the invisible, microbial world.
In 1869, Jacques van Marken, the first chemical engineer that graduated from the Technical University of Delft, created a yeast factory in Delft, building the foundation of the yeast factory still used today by DSM in Delft. In 1885, Martinus Beijerinck started to work at the Gist and Spiritus Fabriek in Delft, and 10 years later he became professor at the Technical University. He made many world famous discoveries in microbiology and virology. 

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Building on this rich history, we are devoted to keep the leading position of biotechnology in Delft, today and in the future. Biotech can play an important role in solving our world’s challenges, but we need collaboration and team work to create a true impact. We need to inspire our future talents, and teach society about the opportunities of biotech. We need to create the right educational environment, the money and collaborations to do the research needed, We need to provide opportunities to create new biotech companies, to inspire existing companies to discover biotechnology, or to make small biotech companies grow. We need to lower the barriers that come with biotechnology; expensive equipment, scale up hurdles, or permits. We need Planet!

The Planet team

The Planet team is responsible for the open innovation ecosystem that provides the know-how, infrastructure and networks to enable companies to develop, scale-up and innovate to create impact with biotech solutions.

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Cindy Gerhardt

Managing Director

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Jasper Driessen

Business Development

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Fenneke Jolink

Project Manager

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Eline Reijmerink

MarComm & Community

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Leanne van den Hove

Operational expert