Start-up Profile

Founded: 2012

Country: Netherlands

Number of employees: 13


  • FORWARD.one
  • InvestNL
  • InnovationQuarter
  • Nemho
  • Delft Enterprises

Main focus areas/active in: 

  • Biorefinery / Pilot Plant
  • Engineering / Scale-up
  • Production Processes / Manufacturing


DAB – Delft Advanced Biorenewables B.V. – develops, uses and markets advanced fermentation technology. The spin-out from Delft University of Technology has developed the game-changing FAST platform: Fermentation Accelerated by Separation Technology. This advanced fermentation technology is based on the in-situ product removal technique, offering fermentation and separation in a single vessel.

Website: https://dab.bio/

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Which input provides your business model/core technology towards a bio-based economy?

DABs FAST platform reduces fermentation product costs by 20-50+%. Large scale FAST deployment – by DAB directly and through out-licensing the technology – will accelerate the replacement of non-renewable compounds, and alleviate many of the supply-side concerns of the chemical formulators (high costs and limited scaled options) and initiate a sustainable, robust supply system of biobased chemicals.

Which market/clients do you address and which short-/long-term goals do you have?

FAST is relevant for strain developers and bio-manufacturers. Strain developers can alleviate product toxicity, making existing pathways more cost effective, or unlock previously inaccessible ones. Biomanufacturers can reduce the costs of existing bioprocesses. Short-term goals are scaling to TRL8 in 2022. Long term goal is to enable a cost-effective bioeconomy through deployment of FAST.

What makes your approach unique compared to other stakeholders in this field?

The FAST platform is a bioreactor design with integrated addition and removal of a secondary layer during fermentation, enabling continuous recovery of product. This secondary layer can be the product (oily products) or an extractive layer (extraction fermentation). The technology is protected by 3 patent applications, is robust, built on proven chemical engineering principles, and close to TRL 8.

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