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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, 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

Delft has been one of the biotechnology "hotspots" of the world since centuries. Anthony van Leeuwenhoek was born in Delft in 1632 and got world famous for his ground breaking discoveries on microscopes, for the first time enabling get 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. Also in the 20st century, many important biotech discoveries were done in Delft.

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Building on our rich history, we are devoted to keep our 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!

AdobeStock 285418240 small is an association that aims to create environmental impact by promoting Industrial Biotechnology. is located on the historic location of the Biotech Campus Delft, perfectly located to create an open innovation hub. was founded by DSM, Delft University of Technology, Delft municipality, the province of South Holland and the regional development company InnovationQuarter. actively invests in creating a hub where students can do internships, research is stimulated, and companies are given all necessary support to grow their innovative business. We provide labs and offices and focus in particular on debottlenecking scale up challenges. You can even find greenfield space to extend your business with new offices or production facilities. We facilitate collaborations with the TU-Delft, with DSM, with the pilot facility BPF, and create an community of educators, co-entrepreneurs, investors and authorities. If you want to contribute to the transition to a biobased, circular economy, join us!

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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 TU Delft have a wealth of biotechnological knowledge and at the ecosystem of 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 Collaboration is crucial if we want to grow into the biotechnological hub of the world. That is why DSM, the Municipality of Delft, TU Delft, the province of South Holland and InnovationQuarter are working on accelerating the development of
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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 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, scientific knowledge and skills are transformed into knowledge-intensive companies, and innovation and employment are encouraged. The development at 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, so that can fully develop its important role as an accelerator for the development of sustainable food, chemistry and fuels.