Steering Committee

The steering committee oversees the organisation of the conference. It is composed of competent national experts from industry and academia in the field of Biochemical Engineering.

Bjarke Bak Christensen

 is an experienced biotechnologist and food scientist with extensive expertise in leading research, innovation, and education at various universities and research institutions. He currently serves as the Head of the Department of Biotechnology and Biomedicine at The Technical University of Denmark and is actively engaged in national and international committees and boards, demonstrating his commitment to promoting biotech science.

Kim Dam-Johansen

Head of Department at DTU Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, professor Kim Dam-Johansen has built up several research programmes, created ground-breaking and business-related research and innovation during his long career. His research covers four main fields; sustainable coatings technology, industrial high-temperature processes, clean and efficient use of biomass and waste for heat and power production and continuous pharma production.

Anna Haldrup,

Head of Department of food science at University of Copenhagen. Educated within plant biotechnology and focusing on sustainable food and Biosolutions. Worked both in Industry and Academia.

Mikael Wraae Valsted

Mikael Wraae Valsted is Head (Director) of DI Bio at the Danish Industry – the leading employers’ and business organization in Denmark, representing more than 20,000 companies.

DI Bio is DI’s dedicated sector organization for Danish biosolutions companies representing corporations like Novozymes, Chr. Hansen, Alfa Laval, and DLG, as well as innovative scaleups at 21st.BIO, Pond, Octarine, Cellugy, etc. We represent all biotech areas (white, yellow, green, etc.), excluding the pharma sector.

Mikael’s formal background is in political science, where he holds a master’s degree from the University of Copenhagen with a focus on strategy development and lobbying in interest organizations.

Arne Staby

Scientific VP/Senior Principal Scientist at CMC Project Planning & Management, Novo Nordisk A/S.

He obtained a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from The Technical University of Denmark, Department of Chemical Engineering in 1993, and after finishing his post-doc in 1995, he has been working with development of purification processes for recombinant proteins and peptides at Novo Nordisk A/S, both as scientist, specialist, project manager, and department head.

Current responsibilities include preparation and implementation of strategies within intellectual property rights, trade secrets, life-cycle management, technology development, Quality by Design, and bioethics for development of biopharmaceuticals.

He has published and holds many papers and patents within industrial purification of proteins, and he frequently acts as oral presenter, program chair and session chair at international conferences, and as referee for international journals and in evaluation of Ph.D. theses.

In 2009-2016, he was appointed Adj. Professor in protein purification at Department of Chemical Engineering, Lund University, Sweden. In 2019, he was appointed honorary doctor (Dr.h.c.) in Biotechnology at Lund University, Sweden.

Sune Jakobsen

PhD Chem Eng, DTU, Director, Global Optimization, Product & Process Development. More than 20 experience within enzyme product, process & technology development, implementation, and optimization.

Dr. Andreas Worberg

Andreas has a doctorate in Molecular Biology from Bonn University in Germany.

With 10 years in the engineering contracting and process engineering industry, Andreas worked for thyssenkrupp UHDE in Germany and the U.S., in biomanufacturing, business development, commissioning and engineering management. Living, and working at over 10 different sites worldwide, he developed and scaled numerous processes.

Since 2017 he is directing pilot operations at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability (DTU Biosustain), where he is Chief Commercial Officer, responsible for innovation, commercialization, and technology scale-up and section head for sustainable chemicals; He further is Chief Technology Officer at the Danish company Cellugy ApS and serves in various boards, as a mentor and consultant.

Bernt Nilsson

Bernt Nilsson is a professor at Department of Chemical Engineering, Lund University, with a research group in advanced process engineering, particular in downstream processes for biopharmaceutical and the use of model-based engineering.