Danisco are sponsoring a professorship connected to the activities of the Centre for Advanced Food Studies (LMC) at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering. The professorship and the related research activities will concentrate on developing new techniques for producing complex carbohydrates – better known as dietary fibres.
Carbohydrates constitute a substantial part of our diet and are of great importance to the intestinal flora. A healthy and well-functioning intestinal flora is vital to the overall wellbeing and health of the human beings. Intestinal balance is the key to avoid lifestyle-related diseases such as diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular diseases.
With the new research it will be possible to develop new solutions for producing highly specific complex carbohydrates, and it will improve the understanding of how carbohydrates influence the health of the people. Moreover, the research collaboration will ensure a stronger platform for producing foods with health-promoting benefits.
According to Leif Kjærgaard, CTO, Danisco, through this professorship Danisco will strengthen and enhance their collaboration with LMC. As research into health-promoting food, or Health & Nutrition, is central to Danisco, they have high expectations of their sponsorship. Jørn Dalgaard Mikkelsen, who has vast experience in industry-relevant and basic fundamental research in this area, has been appointed for the professorship in the field of bioprocess technology at the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering.
Research at DTU Chemical Engineering covers product design, process design and production in the areas of chemistry, biotechnology, foodstuffs, pharmaceuticals and energy. According to Prof. Kim Dam-Johansen, Head of the Department, Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, the new professorship will strengthen the research into food.
According to Per Holten-Andersen, Dean, University of Copenhagen, Life Sciences, and Knut Conradsen, Pro Rector, DTU, this new professorship will not only strengthen the bridge between corporate and public research institutions but will promote inter-university collaboration also.