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!  

Our offering
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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!

Meet our founding partners

Climate change, healthy food for the rapidly growing world population and the scarcity of raw materials are major societal challenges that we can solve with the power of biotechnology. DSM and Delft University of Technology have a wealth of biotechnological knowledge and at the ecosystem of Planet has all the facilities, from labs to a pilot plant. If you are a startup, SMEs, large company or a knowledge institute, for all of them is a place at Planet Collaboration is crucial if we want to grow into the biotechnological hub of the world. That is why DSM, the Municipality of Delft, Delft University of Technology, the province of South Holland and InnovationQuarter are working on accelerating the development of Planet
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We are proud of the world leading position that TU Delft has in biotechnology. It’s all about “impact for a better society”. Besides a place for excellent education and research, we want that society can benefit from new technology that is created at the TU Delft; in the form of innovative applications and products. With Planet we are expanding the ecosystem around TU Delft with high-quality industrial testing opportunities, an ideal environment where our startups can grow and with a place to collaborate with companies that share our mission.
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Delft is the birthplace of industrial biotechnology. For 150 years, groundbreaking biotechnology research has been done at DSM and TU Delft, and technical inventions have been successfully commercialized. At Planet, scientific knowledge and skills are transformed into knowledge-intensive companies, and innovation and employment are encouraged. The development at Planet will lead to a growth in both direct and indirect employment in our city.
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South Holland is the engine of the Dutch economy. It has the potential to be a unique initiator for sustainability, prosperity and well-being in the Netherlands and Europe. We have a strong and diverse innovation ecosystem: powerful clusters, leading knowledge institutions, infrastructure and entrepreneurship. Delft has a biotechnology sector that has major social and economic potential in the transition to a sustainable society.
South Holland wants to become one of the first fully circular regions in the world. Industrial ecosystems are important building blocks in this transition. We support promising biotechnology companies that want to establish themselves at Planet, so that Planet can fully develop its important role as an accelerator for the development of sustainable food, chemistry and fuels.