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Jülich´s Biotechnology at Biotechnica

The development of biotechnological processes for the production of pharmaceuticals and chemical compounds is the main target of the biotechnology institutes at Forschungszentrum Jülich. From 08th- 10th October 2013 researchers presented their activities at Biotechnica fair in Hannover.

The interdisciplinary work involving microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, chemistry, engineering, mathematics and informatics has a long tradition: Jülich is working for more than 35 years in the field of Industrial Biotechnology, a core part of Bioeconomy. The scientists focus their work on an improved understanding of microbial metabolism and its targeted modification. They aim at sustainable production of food, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and materials using microbial cell factories based on renewable resources.

For their research Jülich´s scientist use microbial, biochemical, genetic and computational methods to develop microbial processes for material conversion and novel biocatalysts. Emphasis is put on development and analysis of microbial platform organisms and bioprocesses for production of important industrial or pharmaceutical compounds. With novel approaches for high throughput selection of production strains making use of innovative intracellular biosensors as well as miniaturized bioprocess development the demand for shorter development cycles is addressed. In fact, Jülich´s scientist move down to single cell level in tailor-made microfluidic chip devices, which are manufactured in the Helmholtz Nano Facility at Jülich.

Jülich´s biotechnology activities are also part of the Bioeconomy Science Center (BioSC), which has been established between Jülich and universities Aachen, Bonn and Düsseldorf. One target of BioSC is to further develop of plants and microorganisms for securing the supply with raw materials and for enabling production of innovative bio-based products. Doubtlessly, renewable resources will be the future basis of sustainable industrial production of compounds.

More about research in Jülich, and on the production and application of microorganism in biotechnology was presented at the “Biotechnica” fair at the booth of Forschungszentrum Jülich and Cluster Biotechnologie Nordrhein-Westfalen (Bio.NRW).