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European Innovation Council

Irina Borodina

EIC Ambassador, EU Woman Innovators Prize winner (2019)

Irina Borodina


Co-founder and CTO of BioPhero

Besides her position at BioPhero, a start-up biotech company that produces insect pheromones for environmentally friendly pest control, she also directs a research group on Yeast Metabolic Engineering at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability, Technical University of Denmark (DTU) .

Her research focuses on advancing methodologies for the sustainable production of chemicals using yeast cell factories. She received a Chemical Engineering degree from Kaunas University of Technology in Lithuania in 2001 and a PhD degree in Biotechnology from DTU in 2007.

Dr. Borodina has authored 70 peer-reviewed articles, which have been cited over 4 100 times, and she is co-inventor of 15 patent families. She received 2016 Jay Bailey Young Investigator Award in Metabolic Engineering, 2019 Equinor Prize, and was selected as a 2019 EU Women Innovator.