‘Turning sex pheromones into big business’
In 2018, Dr. Irina Borodina founded BioPhero as a biotechnology spin-out from the Technical University of Denmark with the aim of commercializing a novel yeast fermentation technology for the production of safe insecticide replacements. But how did she together with a team of brilliant scientists turn the wonders of sex pheromones into a company that could positively benefit planetary and human health? Irina will take us through every step on the journey with BioPhero when she visits BII to give a Talk at the Square on the 13th of June.
Program of the day
15.30 Doors open
16.00 Introduction to BII and the subject of the day: Jens Nielsen, CEO at BII
16.10 Keynote speaker: Irina Borodina ‘Turning sex pheromones into big business’
16.40 Fireside chat with Jens Nielsen and questions
17.00 Informal networking and closing reception
Please note that the event has free admittance with 70 tickets available. Please sign up quickly to secure your seat.
If you have registered for the event but are unable to attend, please send an email to [email protected].
About Irina Borodina:
Irina Borodina is a Professor in Yeast Metabolic Engineering at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability, Technical University of Denmark (DTU). Her research focuses on advancing the methodologies for metabolic engineering of yeast cell factories for the sustainable production of bulk and high-value chemicals. She received a Chemical Engineering degree from Kaunas University of Technology in Lithuania in 2001 and a Ph.D. degree in Biotechnology from DTU in 2007. Dr. Borodina has authored 65 peer-reviewed articles, which have been cited over 3,600 times, she is co-inventor of 13 patent families. She is the co-founder and CSO of the biotech start-up company BioPhero which produces insect pheromones for environmentally friendly pest control. She received the 2016 Jay Bailey Young Investigator Award in Metabolic Engineering, the 2019 Equinor Prize, and was selected as a 2019 EU Women Innovator.