Strengthening and maintaining momentum in Danish Life Science27-10-2017
Bjarke Bak Christensen, Head of Department of Biotechnology and Biomedicine (DTU Bioengineering) has been assigned new Chair of Biopeople’s Steering Committee. He replaces Marianne Thellersen, Senior Vice President, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, DTU.
Before taking up the position as Head of Department of Biotechnology and Biomedicine at DTU, Bjarke was manager of Department of Food Science at the University of Copenhagen Trained as a Molecular Biologist Bjarke Bak Christensen has a broad research background with a particular on microbial behaviour in foods and food processing environments. Based on his research and academic interest in the food area, Bjarke Bak Christensen has been engaged as chair or member of various Danish and European food committees and cluster organisations over the years.
For a cluster organisation as Biopeople, Bjarke Bak Christensen’s engagement in the food clusters and networks is of high value and makes him well suited to help Biopeople take the next step into catalysing and facilitation of innovation in the Danish Life Science environment.
Maintaining focus on life science
Asked about his view on network organisations as such and in specific a life science network like Biopeople, Bjarke Bak Christensen stresses that the Danish Life Science sector is a central and necessary sector for Danish economy. This is the reason for the governmental work on strategies for and perspectives in the development of precision medicine and biomarkers as well as health care in a broader sense.
As an independent cluster organisation, Biopeople has a valuable role in raising and maintaining the Danish focus on life science development by catalysing new partnerships and development. The various life science actors – i.e. pharmaceutical and biotech companies, start-ups and academic researchers will need to increasingly share knowledge and collaborate to strengthen and maintain the present momentum.
Biotechnology and biomedicine
Bjarke Bak Christensen’s department conducts research, educates future bio-engineers, provides scientific advice and innovate within the areas of microbiology, biochemistry, biotechnology and biomedicine. The research focus is on three main areas: Microbial ecology and physiology, Industrial biotechnology and cell factories, and Biomedicine and health. The department furthermore has extensive collaboration with national and international research units and industries.