We develop novel biotechnological production concepts for bioproducts.
By developing more efficient production strains, enzymes and processes, we create added value for our partners. VTT has expertise in the whole value chain from biomass to products, and versatile facilities for process scale-up and piloting. Our solutions for the sustainable production are based on renewable resources.
NatureWorks is the leading producer of bioplastics and one of our long term partners. In this case, VTT worked on the metabolic engineering of yeast to make the lactic acid production feasible. NatureWorks gained a new biotechnical process that can be operated in industrial scale – with high productivity and efficiency.
Metabolic pathway engineering: focusing on industrially important organisms
Our special expertise includes engineering of eukaryotic microbial production hosts, plants and plant cells, as well as algae. We have developed strains and processes for the production of bulk chemicals, such as polymer precursors and biofuels, and fine chemicals, like pharmaceuticals. Furthermore, we generate strains for brewing, and for efficient production of enzymes and other proteins.
New tools of synthetic biology, bioinformatics and cell imaging are applied in our work. We can utilise VTT's multidisciplinary nature by combining for example microfluidics and electrochemical synthesis to our cell factory concepts.
We have coordinated large EU-projects, such as SmartCell and NEMO. VTT is a member of two European Technology Platforms: Sustainable Chemistry and Plants for the Future. In addition, we are involved in European science policy, for instance as a member of European Plant Science Organization.
Industrial biotechnology production platforms