The power of partnerships

No innovation without collaboration

Open innovation

There is no innovation without collaboration. It’s why we’re involved in 80+ academic partnerships, 30+ Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs), and various venturing projects, IP arrangements and joint ventures - all aimed at fulfilling our purpose of creating brighter lives for all.

Sharing a common purpose

Having a clear, common purpose brings innovators together more closely and more often, enables advances at the very intersections of science – for example, using expertise developed in food enzymes to create biofuels from corn crop residue. But we can’t do it alone…

Joint ventures

When it comes to getting major innovations to market we cannot do it alone, whether it’s teaming up with Evonik to create algal oil for aquaculture or working with POET to produce next-generation biofuels, or Cargill with non-artificial sweeteners from stevia.

When it comes to science & innovation there’s no doubt: we’re better together.

Venturing and investment

Where is the next generation of societal-defining innovations going to come from? One example is our participation in Greentown Labs, the largest clean tech incubator in America. Our involvement has indirectly led to DSM becoming the founding partner in the new MIT.nano facility at the fabled Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - which could be set to literally transform science.


Our science community works with more than 100 universities and R&D institutions around the world. For example, our collaboration with pre-eminent East China University of Science & Technology (ECUST) is helping us develop fermentation processes that will enable the more efficient production of everything from food and fuel to penicillin.

Public sector

How valuable are public private partnerships (PPP) to our company - and society? They are crucial and we are currently involved in several including Bio-Based Materials Plus, Bioforever, BIO-MAT, InSciTe and LIPES.

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  • Nutrition & Health science & innovation

    Nutrition & Health science & innovation

    DSM's innovations are enabling better nutrition & health for all, in everything from fighting malnutrition to sugar reduction in food, to healthy aging, to vitamins for new pharmaceutical therapies, to skin cancer prevention.

  • Climate & Energy science & innovation

    Climate & Energy science & innovation

    DSM's innovations are tackling the global challenge of climate & energy through everything from advanced solar materials, by enabling future mobility solutions, to reducing methane emissions from cattle.