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Mads Bjørnvad

Senior Manager for Microbiomics and Microbe Discovery, Novozymes Denmark

Mads Bjørnvad is Senior Manager for Microbiomics and Microbe Discovery in Novozymes Denmark. As a Chemical Engineer from DTU he was trained as a Molecular Biologist and has for the most part of his career worked with genetic engineering. In doing so he has engineered production strains to produce enzymes in Novozymes production plants, developed new ground-braking technologies for protein engineering, protein engineered multiple enzymes and is co-inventor on more than 50 patent applications. His leadership has been a 20 years journey as project manager, Senior manager for High Throughput Screening of Protein engineering and as a Director for Novozymes R&D center in Bangalore India he headed up the 6 local departments responsible for both global and regional R&D efforts. In 2017, after returning to Novozymes Denmark, he got the opportunity to head up the RD-DK activities around Microbiomics and discovery work in relation to probiotics especially for humans, animals and plants. In this role he has been spearheading several new RD initiatives to combine Microbiomics based learning with new ways of screening nature’s “probiotic” diversity.