28 January 2016

SCIENCE shares our vision to be at the cutting edge of innovation


Interview with Adam Baker, Head of Discovery at Chr. Hansen, on why they do research collaborations with universities and what the perspectives are.

Adam Baker, Head of Discovery at Chr. Hansen.

Adam Baker, Head of Discovery at Chr. Hansen.

Written by Katherina Killander, SCIENCE Communication.

Do you have a research collaboration going on with Faculty of Science (SCIENCE) at the moment and if yes, what is it about?

We have an exciting research collaboration with the Sandelin lab at Department of Biology at SCIENCE as well as with the Jensen Lab at BRIC. The Sandelin lab is a computation/experimental group with top scientists from many fields. They focus on gene regulation, transcriptomics, epigenetics and technological and informatics aspects. They probe large biological datasets that are generated using novel genomics techniques.

With the Sandelin lab we have a joint post-doctoral fellow who is using bioinformatics and next generation sequencing technologies to study aspects of our commercial production of probiotics, that are used in food supplements and in many dairy products such as yoghurt. We recently also got a joint PhD student funded. The PhD is also in a related field to the post-doctoral fellow.

What do you hope to get out of the collaboration?

The aim of the collaboration is twofold. First, it is to learn about the stability of the bacteria during the production process, by looking for biomarkers, and then using these to potentially optimize certain parts of our production process something that can have a large economical value.

Second, it is to bring top level bioinformatics research from SCIENCE into Chr. Hansen, which will be important in our future research. Although we only have one person from Chr. Hansen within the group, we have the whole bioinformatics groups at SCIENCE who readily give us large amounts of support and access to computing power.

This is a huge advantage to Chr. Hansen because it gives us access to state of the art knowledge in bioinformatics and access to much larger resources than is possible if we did not collaborate with SCIENCE.

Why did you choose SCIENCE as a research partner?

At Chr. Hansen we strongly believe in collaborative partnerships as we are dependent on teaming up with the best to continually innovate and to pioneer science.

We are happy to have partnered with labs at SCIENCE who are leading in their fields and therefore share our vision to be at the cutting edge of innovation.

Do you have any tips for companies who consider collaborating with SCIENCE?

We have been very successful at finding collaborations and students through supporting SCIENCE's  study programmes, and we regularly present our company and SCIENCE for the students at courses and special industry events such as matchmaking events.