Helix Lab Fellows, Class of Spring 2024

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The Helix Lab Fellows, Spring 2024, come from three different universities (Technical University of Denmark, University of Copenhagen, Aalborg University) and are collaborating with five companies (Novo Nordisk A/S, Novozymes A/S, NNE A/S, Unibio A/S, Meliora Bio).

You can read more about their collaboration and motivation for becoming Helix Lab Fellows down below.

If you are interested in hearing more about the Helix Lab Program, you can read more here.

David Andresen

University

Aalborg University (AAU)

Company

Unibio A/S

Project title

Using ML for productivity optimization in U-loop reactor

David

What was your motivation for becoming a Helix Lab Fellow?

I wanted to collaborate with industry for my master’s thesis and Helix Lab is great at facilitating this. Working with Unibio makes my thesis seem more relevant than the projects I have previously worked on at university.

Additionally, Helix Lab organises trips to visit the industry in Kalundborg, which further helps me get a better idea of what different companies exist and their operations. 

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

It is hard to pick just one thing, but living with a lot of other students who are also writing their thesis makes the stay in Kalundborg much more enjoyable and makes it very easy to establish a social life in Kalundborg.

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

I hope that my stay at Helix Lab will make the transition from studying to working easier than it would have been otherwise. And if I end up working close to Kalundborg, my time as a Helix Lab Fellow means that I already know some people in and around Kalundborg, which would make working here less daunting than it otherwise would have been.

Maria

Lourdes Maria Riquelme Jimenez

University

Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

Company

Novo Nordisk A/S

Project title

Experimental Exploration of an Industrial Pharmaceutical Crystallization Process

What was your motivation for becoming a Helix fellow?

Since I started my masters I knew I wanted to become a Fellow. I consider this a unique opportunity to get hands-on experience in the industry, collaborating with very innovative companies in such an interesting place like Kalundborg.

 

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

I admire how Helix lab connects academia and the industry. As an international student, I find exciting to connect with many talented Fellows, researchers, and professionals from the industry. Having a project with a company allows me to contribute and improve the current process, as well as getting an overview of the challenges that the company faces.

 

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

Thanks to this relevant experience, I consider that there is a possibility of getting a position as a process engineer or scientist in Kalundborg. But mostly, I am very excited to see how my project contributes and if it can be implemented in industrial scale. 

Lucas Pirmo Lillelund

University

University of Copenhagen (KU)

Company

Novo Nordisk A/S

Project title

Water Treatment Technology Exploration in API Manufacturing

Lucas

What was your motivation for becoming a Helix Lab Fellow?

My motivation for becoming a fellow stems from my love for science and organic solutions alongside the tremendous community I was going into and skills I would gain. As a student of ecology and environmental sciences, I have learned a lot about the dynamics of sustainable and well-functioning ecosystems and the opportunity to potentially optimise, but at the least understand, the industrial ecology of ground water in one of the most important pharmaceutical companies in the world, seemed to rich to pass up.

 

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

Difficult to choose. However, certainly going to the office at Novo Nordisk and working on my thesis in a very high performing team is extremely exciting. The people, the environment and the intellectual challenges keep me on my toes and make me a better person every single day. Beyond that, I love the people in the Helix Lab community - they are are all unique and caring individuals with a passion for bettering the world. There’s truly not a dull moment.

 

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

After being a Helix Lab Fellow, I hope to have gained a tremendous amount of professional skills both in an office setting and in an advanced laboratory with cutting-edge technology. Frankly, afterwards, I see the world being my oyster, so to speak, having acquired very useful skills/competencies in the context of water treatment (applicable in critical industries), large-scale project management, collaboration, research and development and much more. No doubt I would love to work at Novo Nordisk going forward but regardless I seek to make an impact in the water value chain on a global scale.

Isabell

Isabell Raahauge Eriksen

University

Aalborg University (AAU)

Company

Novonesis A/S

Project title

Valorization of the enzyme production waste streams using a biorefinery/zero-waste approach and microbial mixed culture technology

What was your motivation for becoming a Helix Lab Fellow?

I wanted to work with biorefining and how it can be implemented in the industry for my master’s thesis. Since it is already a huge topic in the Kalundborg biotech symbiosis I thought it would be a great opportunity for me to come here. It would also allow me to work closer with the industry as you have an industry supervisor and the companies are located close to the Helix Lab.

 

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

I think the most exciting part so far is to see how the things I have learnt and worked with at AAU is implemented in the industry. It is exciting getting to see large fermentation tanks, downstream operations, waste-water treatment plants etc. in real life compared to just studying them. Also meeting and living with students from other universities with different academic backgrounds has been fun. 

 

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

I am planning on staying in Kalundborg but have not decided exactly what career I want to pursue. I see myself working with biorefining in the future or optimization of fermentation technologies. I might try to pursue an industry PhD, a graduate program or a career in the industry where I can apply my creative thinking and keep learning.  

María Fernanda Ramos Reyes

University

Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

Company

Meliora Bio

Project title

Lignin Valorization

Fernanda

What was your motivation for becoming a Helix Lab Fellow?

Professionally, I seek to develop in a dynamic environment, honing my ability to tackle challenges, devise strategies, and navigate the complexities of the corporate world. I aim to cultivate adaptability and problem-solving skills to effectively address business issues. On a personal level, I am driven by the desire to connect with individuals from diverse cultures and learn from their unique perspectives on life to enrich my own.

 

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

The most exhilarating aspect of being a Helix Lab Fellow is the opportunity to work closely with a reputable company dedicated to the environmental and social sectors. The prospect of collaborating with fellow students who share similar learning goals and immersing myself in the vibrant culture of Denmark for six months is a dream come true. Engaging in meaningful work within a supportive community while experiencing the rich heritage of a new country is captivating.

 

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

When I was notified, my professor said, 'These are the kinds of opportunities that change your life.' It might be because I could get closer to the professional world and its challenges, or because I'll be living with other people. I know that Helix Lab has already expanded my perspective on life, and now the future looks bigger—with different companies, real projects, and the application of knowledge to improve society.

Martin

Martin Egebjerg Olesen

University

University of Copenhagen (KU)

Company

Novonesis A/S

Project title

Use of Enzymes to improve environmental impact of Cleaning in Place

What was your motivation for becoming a Helix Lab Fellow?

My motivation for being a part of the Helix Lab Fellow program was that it was (and still is) very appealing. You get to be a part of a likeminded crew of people who all are in the same situation as yourself and apart from that you get to use all the nice state of the art facilities at the Helix Lab. I mean, how cool is that? You also get very close to the industry which makes it a lot easier to do a project with any of them out here in Kalundborg. 

 

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

The fellow shipment in the collegium, the experience of a new city and all the possibilities that come with it. In addition to that it’s just nice to get to know a lot of new and exciting people from all over the World besides from the ones you meet at the different sites. It is good way meeting new people and create and expand your network.

 

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

I see a lot of opportunities for my future from being a Helix Lab Fellow. You get a nice network and also a foot inside the industry. Who knows? Maybe I’ll move to Kalundborg in the nearest future as well? 

Math Johansen

University

Aalborg University (AAU)

Company

Unibio A/S

Project title

Identifying the antioxidant components in a complex biomass

Math

What was your motivation for becoming a Helix Lab Fellow?

I was motivated to become a Helix fellow was the opportunity to collaborate with private industry academia, since my interest is in real-world applications and research that are crucial for the green transformation. Furthermore, the proximity of large and small biotech firms in Kallundborg were also great opportunity for networking and insight in the biotechnology industry were also a huge motivator.

 

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

There are so many things to be excited about being a Helix Lab Fellow making it hard to choose, but I say it’s the many opportunities for social interaction with likeminded peers that enable growth both in a professional and personal sense.

 

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

I anticipate that my time as a Helix Lab fellow will offer abundant opportunities for the next phase of my career, whether it involves furthering my education or commencing work in the vicinity of Kalundborg. Given my multifaceted interests in the field of biotechnology and the seamless collaboration between industry and Helix Lab, I am confident that opting to become a Helix Lab Fellow was the ideal career decision for me.

Nikolaos

Nikolaos Dimitrios Psaraftis

University

Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

Company

Novo Nordisk A/S

Project title

Downstream impact of crystallization process in an API purification production: Characterization and sensitivity analysis of crystallization process and subsequent drying step.

What was your motivation for becoming a Helix Lab Fellow?

My main motivation for joining Helix Lab is to put my education and broad scientific background into an industrial setting. It will be a great challenge and I am looking forward to connecting with Novo Nordisk´s skilled and dedicated personnel. Furthermore, I am excited about the prospect of meeting fellow helix lab students, drawing inspiration from them, and bonding during this unique experience.

 

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

Working in one of the largest industrial biotech hubs in Europe is a very attractive option for me and I feel that it will be a great opportunity to continue the project that I started to work on my industrial thesis after graduation.

 

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

The most exciting experience for me would be that I would be sharing this experience period with other unique and talented students and being able to connect with them during this stressful period. Furthermore, I am looking forward to visiting all the different companies located in Kalundborg as it would give me a great overview of future possibilities that could help kick-start my career.

 

Peter Dines Arndal Fiil

University

Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

Company

Novo Nordisk A/S

Project title

Improvement of chromatography resin life-time 

Peter

What was your motivation for becoming a Helix Lab Fellow?

We discovered an exciting project for our thesis, which was offered by Novo Nordisk in collaboration with Helix Lab. The opportunity of living in Kalundborg with other students being in the same position as us sounded very interesting, so that was the major motivation for me to become a Helix Lab Fellow

 

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

The opportunity to work with new and many varieties of lab equipment for our thesis is incredible. Furthermore, sharing this experience with 11 other students creates a great togetherness among the fellows, which is very helpful during the stressful period of completing your master thesis.

 

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

This project will increase my knowledge inside the trending unit operation of chromatography, and how to assess the topic experimentally in lab scale. I have created valuable connections in the industry, while also experiencing a larger pharmaceutical production plant in Novo Nordisk. These aspects could potentially form my future career in the industry.

Rasmus

Rasmus Thomas R. Nielsen

University

Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

Company

Novo Nordisk A/S

Project title

Improvement of chromatography resin life-time 

What was your motivation for becoming a Helix Lab Fellow?

I needed to write my master thesis and the opportunity for becoming a Helix Lab Fellow just turned up from my professor at DTU.

 

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

It is getting the opportunity to mingle with so many different personalities who come from all over the world, but who are in the same place in life. Another great thing is to be able to visit different companies in Kalundborg.

 

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

The chances of getting a job in Kalundborg after being a Helix Lab Fellow is increased. Not only because of the collaboration with the local companies but also due to the new relationships, which is being made at Kalundborg kollegiet. 

Silvia Mitrea

University

Aalborg University (AAU)

Company

Unibio A/S

Project title

Using ML for productivity optimization in U-loop reactor

Silvia

What was your motivation for becoming a Helix Lab Fellow?

I see Helix Lab as an opportunity to integrate myself into the biotechnology industry in Kalundborg. Being a Helix Lab Fellow means I get to work closely with engineers from the industry on real-life industrial tasks and challenges. Moreover, I get the chance to learn industry-related practices and stay in constant contact with innovation. 

 

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

Being part of a team in a company and collaborating with experienced people. This gives me the chance to further deepen my knowledge of industrial bioprocesses and improve my skills. Besides that, I get to build a network by socializing and interacting with other fellow students.

 

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

I am hoping that the experience of being a Helix Lab Fellow will strengthen my chances of securing a job as a bioprocess engineer in a biotechnology company.

 

Swapnil

Swapnil Suresh Mane

University

Technical University of Denmark (DTU)

Company

NNE A/S

Project title

A data driven process for complexity analysis and management for mechanical components

What was your motivation for becoming a Helix Lab Fellow?

My motivation for becoming a Helix Lab Fellow stemmed from the invaluable opportunity to closely collaborate with industry professionals. The prospect of working hand-in-hand with experts in various fields excited me, offering a unique chance to apply my skills and knowledge to real-world challenges. This fellowship presented an ideal platform to bridge the gap between academia and industry, fostering innovation and driving meaningful change.

 

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

The most exhilarating aspect of being a Helix Lab Fellow is the opportunity to immerse oneself in a diverse and dynamic environment. Interacting with individuals from varied backgrounds and disciplines enriches the experience, fostering creativity and pushing boundaries. Living and spending time with people of different perspectives not only broadens horizons but also cultivates a sense of community and collaboration. It's this blend of diversity and camaraderie that makes being a Helix Lab Fellow truly thrilling.

 

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

Being a Helix Lab Fellow opens up a myriad of perspectives for my future endeavors. Through close collaboration with companies and industry leaders, I've gained invaluable insights and hands-on experience that will undoubtedly shape my career trajectory. The exposure to real-world challenges and the opportunity to contribute meaningfully to solutions have not only enhanced my skills but have also expanded my professional network. As I move forward, I am confident that my time as a Helix Lab Fellow has significantly increased my prospects for securing employment in Kalundborg and beyond, while equipping me with the tools and experiences necessary to thrive in the ever-evolving landscape of industry and innovation.