Estonian Centre for Biosustainability (ECB) aims to create a major research, technology development, and innovation platform for the generation of cutting-edge bioengineering solutions focused on sustainable chemicals, designer foods, and novel pharmaceuticals through digitalisation of biology.


Estonian Centre for Biosustainability (ECB) was established in 2016 at the University of Tartu (UT) within the ERA Chair projects SynBioTEC and GasFermTEC to consolidate the local expertise and create a synergistic platform for advancing synthetic biology for developing sustainable biomanufacturing processes to address global challenges in biosustainability. The ECB’s strong joint consortium of research laboratories from the University of Tartu and Tallinn University of Technology (TALTECH) are supported with several excellent core facilities, leading to both cutting-edge fundamental science and application-driven collaboration with industry. ECB also actively contributes to the preparation of the new generation of scientists and engineers for working in biotech through the established international Bioengineering curricula at UT.


The state-of-the-art research laboratories of the Estonian Centre for Biosustainability (ECB) focus on both fundamental and applied research within a wide spectrum of research areas: micro, molecular, plant, synthetic, and systems biology, virology, fermentation, food biotechnology, cell-free bioengineering, drug design, robotics, material sciences, and machine learning and bioinformatics. ECB consolidates these complimentary focus areas towards sustainable biomanufacturing. ECB research activities are further strengthened by the five core facilities at UT: i) Cell technologies; ii) Proteomics and metabolomics; iii) Wood chemistry and bioprocessing; iv) Microbiology; v) Sequencing. ECB research groups actively collaborate with leading industries (e.g. Fibenol, LanzaTech, CH-Polymers, Chr. Hansen) to translate academic research into real-life applications through advancing industry R&D.


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