Biomanufacturing Project House seen from within

Bioindustrial initiative gets chairman of the board from DTU

Monday 17 Aug 20


Krist V. Gernaey
DTU Chemical Engineering
+45 45 25 29 70

About BPH

About 15 projects will be available annually to the students, and cooperation with, among others, the Technical University of Denmark, The University of Southern Denmark, the University of Copenhagen, Aarhus University and Aalborg University must ensure a broad recruitment base. The students are offered scholarships of 5-12 months' stay in Kalundborg with accommodation and access to the research facilities in BPH. At the same time, they maintain their links with the educational institutions in which they are enrolled in the master's programme.

Several actors are contributing a total of DKK 120 million to the project. The Novo Nordisk Foundation is awarding DKK 65 million to fund equipment, personnel and the operation of BPH in the initial project period. When the first students start projects at BPH in early 2022, they will be integrated into a rapidly developing local study environment, which already includes 300-400 students.

Professor Krist V. Gernaey has been appointed chairman of Biomanufacturing Project House (BPH). He will in collaboration with an experienced team, drive strong industry-research collaboration in Scandinavia's largest bio-industrial cluster in Kalundborg.

One month after it was announced that a total budget of DKK 120 million will create the framework and content for an education and research initiative in Kalundborg, a strong Board of Directors is complete. The Board of the Biomanufacturing Project House (BPH), which is made up of experienced representatives from Danish universities, local companies and Kalundborg Municipality, will bring both their network as well as their extensive expertise in biotech, process industry and industry 4.0 into play to contribute to the success of the initiative.

Scandinavia’s largest bioindustrial cluster

Kalundborg is Scandinavia’s largest bioindustrial cluster, internationally recognized for industrial sustainability and circular production and home to more than 5,000 industrial workplaces across several of Denmark’s largest companies. However, the cluster is challenged by a limited influx of newly trained specialists and a lack of research infrastructure. Kalundborg’s location, an hour’s drive from Odense and Copenhagen, can be a barrier that creates difficulty in attracting and retaining a qualified workforce. BPH will help to change this situation. It will attract new students and add innovation strength and sustainable solutions to specific business problems.

New opportunities

"The Biomanufacturing Project House is a unique initiative, and an excellent first step towards making the Kalundborg environment even more attractive to students and researchers. Knowledge from students' anchor institutions combined with insights from industrial practice has the potential for innovation, and the initiative will open up new opportunities for students, researchers and industry alike. We already have a well-functioning cooperation with the industry in Kalundborg, and as chairman of BPH I look forward to helping to strengthen this further," says Krist V. Gernaey, Professor at DTU Chemical Engineering, who has been appointed chairman of the Board of Directors.

Committed and competent Board of Directors

Daniel Bojsen, Head of Health, Social and Engineering University of Absalon, who has the management responsibility for BPH, welcomes the newly established Board of Directors:

"We have succeeded in assembling a very strong and competent team with the right networks and competencies to lift the board responsibility for BPH. I am very much looking forward to the cooperation, and although we have not yet had our initial meeting, I am pleased by a great commitment from representatives from both industry and universities."

The Board of Directors of BPH, formally constituted at the next board meeting in September 2020, consists of:

  • Krist V. Gernaey, Professor at the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, chair
  • John K. Pedersen, Deputy Dean of Research and Innovation, Faculty of Engineering and Science, PhD Study Director, Aalborg University
  • Lars Ditlev Mørck Ottosen, Head of Engineering at Aarhus University
  • Anna Haldrup, Head of Food Science, Copenhagen University
  • Kasper Hallenborg, Head of The Maersk MC-Kinney Møller Institute, University of Southern Denmark
  • Daniel Bojsen, Head of the Health, Social and Engineering, University College Absalon
  • Claus Felby, Senior Vice President, Biotech, Novo Nordisk Foundation
  • Michael Hallgren, Senior Vice President, Manufacturing, Novo Nordisk Kalundborg
  • Jesper Haugaard, Vice President, EMA operation, Novozymes
  • Sølvi Storsæter Bjørgum, CEO, Equinor Refining Denmark A/S
  • Jan Lysgaard Thomsen, Head of Kalundborg Municipality
  • Head of BPH – (to be appointed)

Important role of the Board of Directors

The Board of Directors will be responsible for selecting and awarding scholarships for master thesis projects and approving research projects taking place at BPH. Together with the head of BPH, it is also the responsibility of the Board of Directors to develop and decide relevant strategies and policies for BPH to ensure that the initiative’s great potential is reached. The Board will also assist the head of BPH in ensuring the success of the initiative and follow it closely to ensure that it meets stakeholders' expectations.

Applied research collaboration

The physical hub of the initiative is Biomanufacturing Project House (BPH), run by Absalon University College, which already offers a BSc programme in engineering in Kalundborg. From there, students from universities in Denmark and abroad will carry out applied research in bioproduction, circular production, industry 4.0 and related areas in collaboration with local industrial actors. The plan is to complete 75 MSc projects in the first project period, which runs from 2020, when construction begins, to 2026. 

The first students will begin the project work at BPH at the beginning of 2022, but already the new board is pulling the work clothes.

Read press release on Absalon University College website (in Danish).

Krist V Gernaey,; +45 45252970 (office); +45 30585470 (mobile phone).


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