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Indian and Danish firms and universities to “leapfrog” biotechnology

Indian-Danish research could bring more efficient biotech to both countries

Indian and Danish firms and universities have teamed up for the first biotechnology exchange programme between the two countries. Danish biotech firm Novozymes and Danish-Indian Holck-Larsen Foundation will work with universities from across the countries to advance biotechnology.

The aim of the programme is to help scientists move towards a renewable society while advancing biotechnology between India and Denmark. The scientist exchange, which runs from 2013 to 2019, will support 25 young scientists each year in biotechnology research and innovation between the BRIC and EU country.

Per Falholt, executive vice president and head of research and development at Novozymes, said: “Our global R&D organisation allows us to work across borders and cultures to foster innovation. In-depth knowledge of regional markets and opportunities is very important, but collaborating with colleagues from the other side of the globe often brings a new perspective, which can leapfrog the technology.”

According to Falholt, biotechnology is still a fairly small field but it is crucial to educate young scientists about the importance of sustainability in the sector.

“Most of what we do in the industrial biotechnology is about making a sustainable and better use of renewable resources,” he said. “We are using far too many resources for the time being and we need to get into a situation where the input and the output are in a balance. I believe that we will now get better and more efficient technology to both countries,” Falholt said.

Novozymes and Holck-Larsen Foundation plan to inject more than EUR 260,000 annually into the exchange project. The project will also promote cultural diversity between Europe and the BRIC country.

Falholt said: “We can get young people to appreciate the cultural differences and take advantage of the cultural differences, because when we are successful in doing that, we will instigate more innovation.”