Cell Factories - Beyond fossil oil based products

Sponsored by: VTT

Focused on:

  • Cellular Chemistry
  • Biotechnology
  • Sustainable Processes
  • Chemicals
  • Molecular Biology

Date: 21 April


Time: 3PM London/10AM New York

Insights into how cellular chemistry can be tailored to produce novel chemicals

How can we replace petrochemicals with bio-based equivalents? What are the options for development of efficient cell factories? In this webinar a globally recognised R&D organisation VTT (Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd) will describe the development of efficient cell factories for chemical production, focusing on the keys steps:

  • Host organism selection
  • Engineering of cellular metabolism to obtain desirable chemicals
  • Development of viable processes

You will hear how modern technology has expanded the range of chemicals being produced with cell factories, with case examples from VTT's own developments.

Cellular engineering has widened our options, enabling higher yields and productivities for old products and introducing new chemicals, previously only available through chemical routes. Using modern tools in microbial engineering the development time from concept to product has been significantly shortened.

We have a wide selection of hosts (filamentous fungi, yeast, bacteria and photosynthetic organisms) and extensive experience in engineering both conventional and non-conventional organisms. We consider the total cell metabolism when engineering the pathways and real process conditions to ensure viable production. Join us in developing novel, efficient cell factories.

Presented by

Prof. Merja Penttilä,

Research Professor

Merja Penttilä is a research professor in biotechnology at VTT Ltd. Her main expertise is in metabolic engineering, cell factory concepts and protein production technologies, complemented with systems and synthetic biology. She is currently a coordinator of a large national programme Living Factories: Synthetic Biology for a sustainable Bioeconomy. She has over 230 scientific publications and over 60 patents/patent application families in industrial biotechnology.

Dr. Laura Ruohonen,

Research Manager, Industrial Biotechnology

Laura Ruohonen is presently a research manager at VTT Ltd. Her background is in fungal metabolic engineering for production of fuels and chemicals, targeting developments for Bioeconomy practising Industrial Biotechnology. She has acted as the Team leader of Metabolic engineering during the years 2000-2013. She has participated in several customer and jointly funded projects (EU and national funding bodies). She has ~60 peer reviewed articles, and is an inventor in ~10 patents / patent applications.

Key Learning Objectives

  • Hear how cellular chemistry can be harnessed for sustainable chemical production
  • Learn about the critical steps in the development process
  • Find out how R&D can lead to industrial success
  • Hear about the key role of biotechnology in bioeconomy


  • R&D Managers & Directors
  • Innovation Managers & Directors
  • Business Development Directors & Managers
  • Managers and Directors of Strategy
  • Heads of Market Operations
  • Operations Managers
  • Senior/Principal Consultants
  • CTO