Cell factories – Beyond fossil oil based products

Insights how cellular chemistry can be tailored to produce novel chemicals

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Key words: biotechnology, metabolism, cellular engineering, filamentous fungi, yeast, bacteria, photosynthetic organisms

DURATION: 60 min

How can we replace petrochemicals with bio-based equivalents? What are the options for development of efficient cell factories? In this webinar a globally recognised R&D organisation VTT (Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd) will describe the development of efficient cell factories for chemical production, focusing on the keys steps:

  • Host organism selection
  • Engineering of cellular metabolism to obtain desirable chemicals
  • Development of viable processes
  • You will hear how modern technology has expanded the range of chemicals being produced with cell factories, with case examples from VTT’s own developments.

Cellular engineering has widened our options, enabling higher yields and productivities for old products and introducing new chemicals, previously only available through chemical routes. Using modern tools in microbial engineering the development time from concept to product has been significantly shortened.

We have a wide selection of hosts (filamentous fungi, yeast, bacteria and photosynthetic organisms) and extensive experience in engineering both conventional and non-conventional organisms. We consider the total cell metabolism when engineering the pathways and real process conditions to ensure viable production. Join us in developing novel, efficient cell factories.

Key learning objectives

  • Hear how cellular chemistry can be harnessed for sustainable chemical production
  • Learn about the critical steps in the development process
  • Find out how R&D can lead to industrial success
  • Hear about the key role of biotechnology in bioeconomy

Presented by:

Prof. Merja Penttilä, Research professor
Merja Penttilä is a research professor in biotechnology at VTT. Her main expertise is in metabolic engineering, cell factory concepts and protein production technologies, complemented with systems and synthetic biology. She is currently a coordinator of a large national programme Living Factories: Synthetic Biology for a sustainable Bioeconomy.  She has over 230 scientific publications and over 60 patents/patent application families in industrial biotechnology.


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