Daniel Lopez

Helix Lab Fellow, Class of Spring 2022
Daniel Lopez

MSc study:

MSc in Bioengineering



Aalborg University (AAU Esbjerg)



Novo Nordisk A/S


Project title:

Design of in-line measuring system for the API purification process

Project description:

Based on an analysis of the "ideal control system", and via a soft-sensor approach, a conceptual design for an "ideal in-line based" monitoring system will be developed for an Insulin Purification process. The purpose of this is to identify ways that can be used to substitute QC Lab analysis with in-line measurements, in a cost-effective way. Being able to substitute QC samples with in-line measurements would save significant processing time and work hours in the lab. It is expected that the project will generate knowledge that can be applied for other mature insulin products/manufacturing processes as well.


What was your motivation for becoming a Helix Lab Fellow?

Throughout my education, I have been interested in the applications of new developments in technology to the current industry, where it can make a significant change in the world. Helix lab guarantees the collaboration between the university and the company. This allows me to benefit from the knowledge of my professors and supervisor, while at the same time also utilizing the experience from my colleagues and industry supervisor. I believe this can help me obtain the skills I need to find my ideal job after graduation.


What is the most exciting part of being a Helix Lab Fellow?

The vast resources available as a Helix Lab Fellow is exciting. Having immediate access to industry experts who can help with questions during your thesis is one of the best opportunities offered by Helix lab and contributes greatly to the learning process.


What perspectives do you see for your future after being a Helix Lab Fellow?

Thanks to the company work experience supported by Helix Lab I know more about my aptitudes and preferences which helped me narrow down where I would like to work. I also understand the importance of the connection between academia and industry, and I will try to maintain that connection alive during my future job.