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Cooperation of business and science: two new Christian Doppler laboratories at the Graz University of Technology

people working in a lab © Lunghammer – Graz University of Technology

With the opening of two new CD labs, the Graz University of Technology is once again acting as an interface between science and industry. The pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk, Sesam-Biotech GmbH and Biogrammatics are company partners of the CD Laboratory for Innovative Pichia Pastoris Host and Vector Systems, which under the leadership of Anton Glieder is investigating basic biological mechanisms of the yeast species Pichia pastoris. The results should lead to higher quality enzymes and biopharmaceutical proteins being produced at a lower price.
In the CD Laboratory for Organocatalysis in Polymerisation, laboratory head Christian Slugovc and his team are working together with the companies Allnex and Hilti to produce high-quality plastics using alcohols in a more cost-effective and environmentally friendly way. The participating companies are jointly financing the seven-year research in the Christian Doppler labs along with public funds. The research budgets amount to a total of EUR 1.9 million (CD laboratory for Innovative Pichia Pastoris Host and Vector Systems) and EUR 1.4 million (CD laboratory for Organocatalysis in Polymerisation). The most important public funding source is the Federal Ministry of Digital and Economic Affairs (BMDW).

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