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Biological Sciences

Mastering microbes and enzymes to create sustainable solutions

Our Biological Sciences competence is what enables our customers to create new kinds of food, fuel and medicine using natural sources like microbes and enzymes. 
Creating new kinds of food, fuel and medicine using natural microbes and enzymes

DSM Biological Sciences

Our Biological Sciences competences enable us to find, make, and apply microbes and enzymes to create more sustainable processes, ingredients and building blocks for new products. Specifically, they help us to engineer and characterize enzymes and microbial strains in detail up to the molecular level; to assess their performance under application conditions; and to develop data and computation-driven model systems for building efficient “design-build-test-learn” engineering cycles.

Biological Sciences: Advanced areas of expertise

  • Biochemistry & microbiology
  • Bioinformatics & modeling
  • Screening
  • Strain development
Enzymes, cultures, flavors, vitamins and poly-unsaturated Omega 3 fatty acids

For better food & nutrition

In Life Sciences, our competences in this area add up to valuable enzymes, cultures, flavors, vitamins and poly-unsaturated Omega 3 fatty acids for food and nutrition applications. For example, we can reduce salt in food ingredients.

Enabling sustainable fuels

Biological Sciences have given us the capabilities for large-scale refining of biomass - and the resultant development of sustainable bioprocesses and biofuels from agricultural residue - as seen in the POET-DSM Project LIBERTY initiative – decreasing our dependency on fossil fuels.

Developing advanced materials

On the Materials Sciences side of our business, we use our microbial and enzyme engineering capabilities. For example, we have created green chemical building blocks like bio-succinic acid, which is the first non-fossil feedstock that allows the chemical industry a bio-based alternative with a lower eco-footprint for a broad range of applications, and developed biomedical applications like our Bionate® II PCU, now being used to support people with spinal and disc problems.

Scientific collaboration

Biological Sciences: Collaborations

And of course we continue to share and apply our Biological Science know-how in ambitious external collaborations, such as the European joint undertaking Bio-based Industries (BBI) (a Private-Public-Partnership to further the bio-based economy), BE-Basic and SynBERC. Not to mention the DSM Biotechnology Centre, one of the leading research centers of its kind in the world.

Biological Sciences: Knowledge centers

The BioTech Campus Delft (the Netherlands) is the main biotechnology RT&D center for DSM worldwide. Other DSM RT&D centers with a strong Biological Sciences focus are located in Geleen (the Netherlands), Columbia, MD (U.S.) and Lexington, MA (U.S).