VTT Technical research centre of Finland Ltd is the largest Research
and Technology Organization (RTO) for applied sciences in Northern Europe (a staff of 2600, a
turnover M€279). VTT has pioneered during the last 30 years in various aspects of the cellulose
enzymatic hydrolysis including structure-function studies on industrially important cellulases from
Trichoderma reesei, and optimization and up-scaling enzymatic hydrolysis processes.
Vivekananda institute of tropical mycology (VINSTROM) is a unit of the Ramakrishna Mission of India, which is a non-profit organization. It is dedicated for conducting research in the field of tropical mycology. The main focuses are on fungal ecology and bioprospecting. VINSTROM is a pioneer in the research on fungal endophytes of the tropics and holds the largest collection of fungal endophyte cultures (ca.1500 cultures from various habitats of India).
RWTH Aachen University is the largest technical university in Germany (ca. 42,000 students).
Since 2007 RWTH holds the status of University of Excellence funded by DFG. The cluster of
excellence "Tailor-made Fuels from Biomass" combines the work of engineers and scientists. One
of the engineering institutes involved is the chair of biochemical engineering, founded by Prof. Dr.-Ing.
Büchs. A unique portfolio of new methods and techniques for innovative biotechnological processes
has been developed.
University of Tartu is Estonia's leading centre of research and training.
It provides high education and science. UT belongs to the top 3% of world's best universities (QS
World University Rankings 2015;Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2015-2016). The research group of Dr. Priit Väljamäe has more than 15 years experience in the fundamental
research on cellulose enzymatic hydrolysis including kinetics, rate-limiting steps and inhibition.
The IndZyme-project is a part of the Inno Indigo EU programme aiming to increase collaboration between Europe and India. The project is funded regionally by the Academy of Finland, Government of India Department of Biotechnology, Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung and the Estonian Research Council.