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VTT Webinar

From Waste to Products with Synthetic Biology

Live webinar on February 4 2021, at 3-4 PM EET


Join us  to learn more about biotechnological pathways to turn industrial side streams into higher value products using the tools of synthetic biology.

Research Professor Merja Penttilä and Research Team Leader Jussi Jäntti from VTT will present several case studies and discuss the benefits of biological routes.

We will discuss:

  • Valorization of waste streams 
  • From cell design to piloting
  • Prospects of biointelligent manufacturing

Examples include raw materials such as pectin and organosolv-treated lignocellulose. We will also discuss the opportunities and challenges of different raw materials and how these were overcome using biology.



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Merja Penttilä

Merja Penttilä is a research professor in biotechnology at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, and an adjunct professor in synthetic biology at Aalto University. Her expertise is on engineering of microbes for the production of fuels, chemicals, enzymes and materials. She has acted as the director of the Academy of Finland CoE on White biotechnology – Green chemistry, and is a PI in the current CoE on Molecular engineering of biosynthetic hybrid materials (Hyber). She has coordinated a large strategic project “Living Factories: Synthetic Biology for a sustainable Bioeconomy”, and led many EU level and industrial projects. She is acting an advisory board or committee member of a number of international organisations. She is the initiator of Synbio Powerhouse, an ecosystem to promote biotechnology and synthetic biology in Finland and beyond. She has total of 334 publications, 14 457 Web of science citations, and h-index of 70

Email: merja.penttila@vtt.fi

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Jussi Jäntti

Jussi Jäntti leads the Production host engineering research team at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd. His team develops methods for the establishment of novel enzymatic pathways and regulatory genetic circuits. A central target is to establish efficient engineering methods for industrially relevant organisms to speed up the process of Cell factory establishment for the sustainable production of chemicals and proteins.

Email:  Jussi Jäntti

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Nina Pulkkis

Webinar host

Nina Pulkkis is a science journalist and documentary filmmaker. She is the creator of the award winning Future of Finland science -series and the multidicilplinary science project Korvaa. She is specialised in covering themes that include synthetic biology and biomaterials.

Email: nina.pulkkis@synbio.fi 

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