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