Biological Sciences

Mastering microbes & enzymes

Creating sustainable solutions

Our Biological Sciences competences are what enable our customers to create new kinds of food, fuel and medicine using natural sources like microbes and enzymes.


It’s why we are able to create baking enzymes that deliver a softer, 'just baked’ feel in bread while reducing the carbon footprint of our customers by 80%; or DSM’s new yeast and enzymes solutions for more sustainable, efficient production of biofuels. Not surprisingly, this area covers a wide range of expertise and techniques needed to understand and engineer microbes and enzymes - the world’s smallest life forms and the molecules that are our key biological catalysts…


Our Biological Sciences competences enable us to find, make, and apply these microbes and enzymes to create more sustainable processes, ingredients and building blocks for new products. Specifically they help us to engineer and characterize enzymes and microbial strains in detail up to the molecular level; to assess their performance under application conditions; and to develop data and computation-driven model systems for building efficient “design-build-test-learn” engineering cycles.

Advanced areas of expertise

  • Screening
  • Strain development
  • Bioprocess development
  • Biochemistry & Microbiology Analysis

Biological Sciences...

...for food & nutrition

In Life Sciences, our competences in this area add up to valuable enzymes, cultures, flavors, vitamins and poly-unsaturated Omega 3 fatty acids for food and nutrition applications. For example, our savory taste solutions can reduce salt in food ingredients.

...for advanced materials

On the Materials Sciences side of our business we use our microbial and enzyme engineering capabilities to develop biomedical applications like our Bionate® II PCU, now being used to support people with spinal and disc problems for example.

...for fuel

Biological Sciences have given us the capabilities for large-scale biomass conversion into ethanol and methane, decreasing our dependency on fossil fuels.

...and in collaboration

And of course we continue to share and apply our Biological Science know-how in ambitious external collaborations. Not to mention the DSM Biotechnology Centre, one of the leading research centers of its kind in the world.

Knowledge Centers

The BioTech Campus Delft is the main biotechnology RT&D center for DSM worldwide. Other DSM RT&D centers with a strong Biological Sciences focus are located in Geleen, Columbia (MD) and Lexington (MA).

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  • Our key markets

    Our key markets are Animal Feed, Dietary Supplements, Early Life Nutrition, Food & Beverage, Personal Care, Automotive and Electrical & Electronics.