CLIB: What we do

CLIB Closes Gaps Between Science and Market

Our cluster brings academic and industrial members together who are active in research, development, production and commercialization – all crucial elements of the industrial value chain. Cooperation in Research & Development shortens time to market and gives our members the critical competitive edge.

CLIB Addresses Emerging Markets

Novel, innovative materials, cost-efficient production processes and simplified downstream workflows, as well as feedstock which is leading the market both economically and ecologically are crucial elements. Our cluster addresses these market demands and helps its members to manage the process of innovation.

CLIB Is a Win-Win for All Stakeholders

Academia provides technologies tailor-made to real industrial needs and takes care of the rising generation of scientists and engineers. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) serve our tremendous market for services, licenses as well as products. In collaboration with big industries, they find academic institutes and research companies within the cluster to partner with and fill the product pipeline. They all need infrastructure, investors and production sites as well as business support and legal advice. Through its members, CLIB provides all these competencies to develop your business based on science and technology.

CLIB Drives Excellence in Science & Technology

Meet your future cooperation partner
Our scientific and industrial workshops and meetings are the communication platform for professionals in the research and industrial field. In our cluster, you will be part of the innovation process in developing new processes and products combining cutting-edge science and industrial market needs. These workshops and meetings expand your business network across the value chain. Further information:

Build Your R&D Consortium
Our core activity is to initiate R&D consortia. The partners come from leading research institutes and various industry branches. They cover the entire value chain from biomass via intermediates to final consumer products. Managing the partnering process is the task of our cluster.

Get Access to Financing and More
We promote R&D financing by public and private funding and we provide legal & intellectual properties support. First, we help polish your concept and business plan, followed by supporting systematic research & development, scale-up, production and finally supporting profitable commercialization.

Endorsing Domestic and Global Entrepreneurship
CLIB is based on a culture of mutual trust and entrepreneurial spirit promoting cooperation even between competitors. We provide a platform for effective business relations with special emphasis on start-ups and SMEs. Our international membership offers you global reach.

Get Access to Cutting-edge Science
We foster science and research through our CLIB-Technology Cluster based at renowned universities and science institutes. Their key technologies polyomics, expression, biocatalysis and downstream processing cover the process-chain from feedstock via bio processes to final bio products.

Get in Touch with the Rising Generation of Top Scientists and Engineers
Our CLIB-Graduate Cluster is a joint doctoral program of the three universities Bielefeld, Dortmund and Düsseldorf which are also running the CLIB-Technology Cluster. Outstanding young professionals are trained in key areas of industrial biotechnology. For top graduates, this is the chance to become involved in academic projects and for our industrial members to meet most promising recruits.

CLIB Is Paving the Way to Innovation


  • genomics, transscriptomics,
  • proteomics, metabolomics
  • design and implementation of new bioinformatics tools and datasets
  • simulation and optimization of metabolic pathways and intracellular processes

Strain Development

  • optimization of production performance
  • improvement of genetic stability
  • custom-made bioproducts through synthetic metabolic pathways


  • new technologies on micro, small and industrial scale
  • strategies to improve the entire process from feedstock to product
  • anaerobic processes to exploit new carbon sources


  • application of novel enzyme classes
  • enzyme engineering for robust cost-efficient applications and processes
  • biocatalysis in non-aqueous media

Downstream Processing

  • simplified separation and purification
  • reduced investment and operating cost
  • increased efficiency in process development

Carbon Source Transformation

  • sugar, fatty acids, lignocelluloses
  • and synthesis gas
  • feedstock processing from harvest and storage to transformation

Biotechnological Intermediates

  • substitution of chemical precursors in running petrochemical processes
  • novel platform (bio-)chemicals for new end-product features