Campus history

Biotech Campus Delft is built on the proud history of outstanding biotech innovations developed in university town Delft. 

Delft has been one of the biotechnology "hotspots" of the world since centuries. In 1869, Jacques van Marken, the first chemical engineer that graduated from the Technical University of Delft, created a yeast factory in Delft, building the foundation of the yeast factory still used today by DSM in Delft. In 1885, Martinus Beijerinck started to work at the Gist Brocades and Nederlandsche Spiritus Fabriek in Delft, and 10 years later he became professor at the Technical University. He made many world famous discoveries in microbiology and virology. Also in the 20st century, many important biotech discoveries were done in Delft.

We build on the rich heritage of biotechnology in Delft, 'capital of biotech'

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For 150 years, DSM in Delft (previously Gist Brocades and Nederlandsche Gist en Spiritus Fabriek) has been a front runner in biotechnological innovations with global impact. In 2018, the board of DSM gave its commitment to open up its site in Delft for third parties active in biotechnology, and to share its knowledge and infrastructure to create an open innovation campus. The Technical University of Delft is actively collaborating with DSM to successfully develop the Biotech Campus Delft.