Glycoscience (derived from Greek glykòs for sweet) is the science of saccharides, which includes the investigation of their structure, biosynthesis, and biology. Since carbohydrates are ubiquitously distributed in nature, this research area is essential to face global health and environmental challenges. This makes glycosciences and glycobiotechnology relevant in:
- biopharmaceuticals (vaccines, antimicrobials, anticancer drugs),
- foods, and
These fields of activity offer huge cross-innovation opportunities and spin-off potentials in medicine, biotechnology, bioeconomy, and biomaterials. According to the latest European White Paper on glycobiology (Link to website , the glycomics R&D market includes enzymes, monoclonal antibodies, instruments, kits and reagents, and is expected to rise to US$930 million by 2019.
Glycobiology and glycobiotechnology in Berlin and Brandenburg:
First attempts to establish a regional value chain for glycosciences in Berlin and Brandenburg can be traced back to the early 2000s. With the combined excellence of research institutions and a great variety of SMEs this region established itself as one of the leading centers for glycosciences in Europe, with expertise in:
- glycan isolation,
- microarray production,
- high-throughput screening,
- and production of glycoproteins.