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CLIB-Competence Center Biotechnology

Biotechnology for a sustainable economy


The undefinedCLIB-Competence Center Biotechnology (CKB) is a multi-side collaborative project for a sustainable, resource-conserving economy in North Rhine-Westphalia. This special feature: biotechnological processes shall be accelerated. The European Union and the Ministry of Economy, Innovation, Digitization and Energy of North Rhine-Westphalia fund the CKB with a total amount of more than EUR 8 million for three years. The Bielefeld University, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU), the Technical University Dortmund and Forschungszentrum Jülich are involved in the project. Prof. Dr. Volker F. Wendisch of Bielefeld University coordinates the overall project; Prof. Dr. Karl-Erich Jaeger coordinates the work of HHU.


The development of a bio-based and sustainable economy using renewable raw materials is one response to the current global challenges and part of North Rhine-Westphalia's research strategy. Biotechnology as a key technology is central to an economy that is to be independent of fossil resources for the long term. The problem: in biotechnology, the time from idea to market entry is still long nowadays, very different from the IT sector, for example. One of the reasons is that biotechnology is divided into different process areas. Against this background, CKB aims to establish a multi-site, integrated research infrastructure that supports and accelerates the biotech value chain - from gene and enzyme to process and product.

At the four research sides, experts will develop strategies with which the biotechnological sub-processes can be brought together in the future. This will significantly shorten the time span from the development of an idea to market entry of a product. Biotechnological solution concepts - for example to increase resource efficiency - will be explored and applied exemplarily for the important life science and health markets.


To this end, the CKB will work together with representatives from business and society, mediated by the Cluster for Industrial Biotechnology CLIB2021 e.V., which has an international network with over 100 members from industry and scientific research. Additionally, the universities in Bielefeld, Düsseldorf and Dortmund as well as the Forschungszentrum Jülich can draw on already established collaborations, jointly successfully implemented projects as well as on results of joint applied and basic research.




This project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

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