Many of the technical advances that generated progress and success in the 20th century are less and less able to meet the vital needs of the global community. This is especially true in areas critical to our way of life and our survival, such as energy, transport, food production and in the fight against disease.
And in the hunt for technologies better suited to meet the needs of the 21st century, biotechnology should take a prominent place. Not because it is new – it certainly isn’t – but because it is constantly renewing itself and constantly finding new applications.
Biotechnology not only offers ways of switching from the consumption of scarce resources to the production of plenty. It is a sustainable production that we need to develop and utilize. That is why we face two equally important challenges:
- To shape biotechnology to address some of the major problems facing the world - global warming, life-threatening diseases, pollution, resource shortages, etc.
- To ensure that industry, consumers and the international community adopt the new technologies and start to welcome the possibilities instead of fearing them.
The above challenges demand a focused approach, exploiting new findings in the pharmaceutical, energy and food sectors, training top-class graduates and PhDs to further promote continued development and communicate the potential of biotechnology.
But above all, we will always strive to be the answer to questions that arise when the gravity of our future makes itself felt.
Also when the question is what the Danish population will live on in the future: Engineers at DTU have a long tradition of providing results under market conditions, and DTU Systems Biology intends to contribute to environmentally and economically sustainable biotech solutions.