Novozymes, Grundfos partner solve global water challenges
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Novozymes, Grundfos partner to solve global water challenges

5:56 AM, 5th December 2017
Novozymes, Grundfos partner to solve global water challenges
Open innovation collaboration to find new solutions to the world’s water challenges. (File photo)

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK: Novozymes has entered into an open innovation collaboration with Grundfos, a global leader in advanced pump technologies.

The partnership takes place on HelloScience.io, an online universe launched by Novozymes in where entrepreneurs, startups and others can connect with industry.

The two companies embark on their innovation voyage today. Four specific challenges will be posted online, allowing all in the HelloScience community to pitch their ideas on how to secure clean water for more people – and receive sparring, input and assistance from both Novozymes and Grundfos. The two companies seek solutions to remove polluting chemicals from water and improve cleaning of wastewater. That includes better filtering, less sludge, and recovery of phosphate, a precious nutrient, from wastewater.

When you combine biotech with cutting-edge water technology, you might find new solutions to some of the most pressing global issues concerning water scarcity. Thereby, you can make a direct impact on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 6, aiming at securing universal access to water and sanitation by 2030.

“This is a great opportunity. Partnering with Grundfos opens new possibilities for Novozymes, the HelloScience platform and its users. Until now, we have been able to connect the startups and academics, who are part of this network, with our knowledge about enzymes and microorganisms, and allowing them to use samples in their work, but now we can also connect them with Grundfos’ expertise in water treatment,” said Claus Crone Fuglsang, senior vice president, research & technology at Novozymes.

“This is an excellent chance to see what we can do in combination with Novozymes. Adding biotechnology to what we can do in, for instance, digital dosing might very well open brand-new possibilities for eg. water treatment. And while we strengthen our connection with Novozymes, we also get an opportunity to review fresh takes on the water challenges from all over the world. We need new partnerships to solve these great challenges, and this is another step down that road,” added Lars Enevoldsen, group vice president, technology & innovation, Grundfos.

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