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Maurien Olsthoorn

Corporate Science Fellow, Analysis & Characterization

Maurien Olsthoorn, DSM Corporate Science Fellow, Analysis & Characterization

I am currently working on...

Generating new insights to steer the development of our strains, processes, applications and products; not only for R&D but also for production, IP, registration, and marketing and sales. To ensure that DSM is fit for current and future business needs, I make sure that we proactively scout, develop and implement new technologies. For example, we are developing high-throughput enzyme characterization technologies in relevant (food) matrices for structure-function insights to steer our enzymes product development. Furthermore, sensors are an exciting area allowing read-out of molecules for point-of-need applications at a factory or customer level. Our extensive external network enables us to develop and apply technologies that we don’t have in-house.

The aspect of my work that excites and inspires me the most is...

DSM’s unique opportunity to combine analytical expertise and equipment from across different areas of life and materials science. For example, we are using our global analytical network to create value for the different DSM businesses. Furthermore, analytical experts from our Biotechnology, Materials and Nutrition units are working together on new developments and joining forces to solve issues for innovation projects, customer complaints or troubleshooting in production plants. I’m also inspired by DSM’s drive to deliver science-based, sustainable and scalable solutions that address the challenges facing our world today.

The breakthrough I would most like to see made in my field is...

Finding a way to leverage the true value of our analytical data through digital transformation. Hopefully, this results in new insights that lead to the discovery of novel solutions for the major challenges of the world!

Key areas of expertise

  • Analytical strategy determination
  • Molecular identification and quantification of biomolecules (proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, metabolites)
  • Quantification of enzyme activity in biological matrices
  • Science management

I represent DSM externally at

  • Dutch Techcentre for Life Sciences (DTL)
  • Netherlands Proteomics Centre (NPC)

Based in

Delft, the Netherlands