Author: BioProNET Network

2018 Science Meeting prize winners

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Conratulations to the winners of the poster and short talk prizes at our 4th annual science meeting, who received their prizes from Karen Lewis of the BBSRC (far left).

The winners were Rochelle Aw, Imperial College London – 1st prize talk (pictured 2nd left); Eva Pekle, MedImmune & Univserity of Kent – 2nd prize talk (pictured middle); Tania Selas Castiñeiras, Cobra Biologics – 3rd talk prize; Hirra Hussain, University of Manchester – 1st prize poster, Natalie Talbot, University of Kent – 2nd prize poster (pictured 2nd right) and James Budge, University of Kent – 3rd poster prize (pictured far right).

Two positions at Arecor

Senior Scientist: An exciting opportunity has arisen for a talented Senior Scientist to join Arecor’s Development team. This role will appeal to an individual who is passionate about science and its application to the development of therapeutic products, whilst also offering the right individual the opportunity to take on a role where you will make a real impact on the success of a dynamic start-up company.

To be considered for this position you will have:
• An MSc or PhD in Life Sciences or equivalent (BSc considered based on experience)
• Extensive experience in an analytical laboratory environment, with hands on experience of working with a broad range of analytical methods, including HPLC, DLS, spectrophotometry, activity assays
• Possess excellent communication skills, both written and verbal including drafting protocols, summaries and reports to a very high standard
• A proven track record in problem solving including the ability to design experiments, analyse data/results and trouble-shoot issues
• Be dynamic, flexible, self-motivated and able to work both individually and within a team
• Must be prepared to travel (up to 20% of time), including overseas, if required

More details here

Scientist: As part of the Development team, we are seeking a highly self-motivated individual to play a diverse role in an innovative and expanding company. We are seeking a competent person with a minimum of 2 years of experience working on the analysis of proteins and/or bio-therapeutics to support Arecors Client and R&D portfolio. Hands on experience of HPLC is essential. The successful applicant will be a self-starter who is able to work well within a team and individually and have excellent communication and organisation skills.

To be considered for this position you will ideally have:
• A BSc or MSc in Life Sciences or equivalent, PhD advantageous
• At least 2 years’ experience in an analytical laboratory environment, with hands on experience of working with a broad range of analytical methods, including HPLC, DLS and spectrophotometry
• Possess excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
• Be an excellent problem solver with the ability to design experiments, analyse data/results and trouble-shoot
• Be dynamic, flexible, self-motivated and able to work both individually and within a team

More details here

Summer studentships

NEW CALL OPEN – summer studentships
We have four undergrad summer studenships available; these awards are funded at 80% FEC (that is, up to £2,000 from BioProNET) to cover consumables and stipend. These must run in summer 2018.

The closing date is midday on Friday 19th January.
Download the application form here.

New funding call open

NEW CALL OPEN – summer studentships
We have four summer studenships available; these awards are funded at 80% FEC (that is, up to £2,000 from BioProNET) to cover consumables and stipend. These must run in summer 2018.

The closing date is midday on Friday 19th January.
Download the application form here.

CALL OPENBusiness Interaction Vouchers
These are intended to help resource small confidence-building measures between an academic partner and an industrial partner (on a matched contribution basis) that are likely to lead to outcomes such as a longer-term relationship, improved interactions or new technology transfer projects.
We have one buiness interaction at a value of £9,600 (funded at 100%FEC). The closing date is midday on Friday 19th January.

Please login to the members’ area to access the application form. The lead applicant must be eligable to receive BBSRC funding. The project must start by April 1st 2018.

IBSCA funding awarded

BioProNET has recently awarded six indistrial biotecnology seeding catalyst awards (IBSCA). This funding aims to develop and progress ideas and technology within the scope and remit of BioProNET and the call along the technology readiness level (TRL) pathway.

Pilot production of engineered nucleases with applications in molecular biology and diagnostic devices
Jon Sayers, University of Sheffield

Optimization of influenza vaccine manufacturing through inhibition of autophagy
Jeremy Rossman, University of Kent

Improved microfluidic devices for downstream bioprocess separation of sub-micron targets
Alan Goddard, Aston University

Learning from charge interactions in nature to understand poly-anion/cation complementarity in drug encapsulation
Jim Warwicker, University of Manchester

Engineering secretory capacity in S. cerevisiae strains to improve recombinant protein production yield
Campbell Gourley, University of Kent

Enhancing secretory pathway function to allow selection of host cell clones
Lisa Swanton, University of Manchester

Establishing a prototype process for manufacturing non‐therapeutic biologics expressed in plants for the R&D market
Anil Day, University of Manchester