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Living Factories 2014 - 2016

Living Factories programme

Partners: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Aalto University, University of Turku

Coordinator: Research Professor Merja Penttilä, VTT

Tekes funding: € 3 955 000 (2014 - 2016)

The goal of Living Factories programme is to realise the full potential of Synthetic Biology in Finland. Synthetic Biology is considered one of the key breakthrough technologies that will have a major impact on our future. It is based on the design and engineering of new-to-nature biological systems. It has a great potential to generate novel industrial processes and products.

In Living Factories programme, we will create an academia-education-industry environment that builds on forward-looking know-how and exploits the unique functionalities that biology - combined with engineering sciences - can offer, and which will be highly competitive internationally. This will serve as an inspiration for novel and visionary solutions for a sustainable biobased society.

The key focus of the programme is to develop Synthetic Biology solutions that enable industrial processes that are energy and carbon efficient.