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Post-doc position – Culture process of human primary hepatocytes   

KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm has grown to become one of Europe’s leading technical and engineering universities, as well as a key centre of intellectual talent and innovation. The School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH) is one of KTH’s five schools, which profile spans the broader domains of health, environment, materials and energy.

The group of Cell Technology (CETEG) in the Dept. Industrial Biotechnology/ Bioprocess Design, CBH School, has a strong experience in the development of manufacturing process of biopharmaceutical drug for human therapy based on mammalian/human cell culture. CETEG’s activities include bioprocessing of high cell density perfusion and dynamic metabolic modelling. CETEG is directing the Competence Centre AdBIOPRO for Advanced Bioproduction by Continuous Processing and coordinating iConsensus, an IMI project funded by the European agencies. It is also partner of the Wallenberg Centre for Protein Research (WCPR) and of the Centre for Advanced Medical Product (CAMP).

Job description
A post-doc position is available at CETEG for a project in a joined effort of the CETEG group at KTH and the Liver Cell Laboratory, Karolinska Institute, CLINTEC, Division of Transplantation Surgery, Assistant Prof. Ewa Ellis. The project is funded by Sweden’s Innovation Agency, Vinnova. The focus is the development of a process supporting the culture of human primary hepatocytes in controlled bioreactor. The practical work will be performed at KTH, AlbaNova Centre, Roslagstullsbacken 21, 10691 Stockholm, in close collaboration with the Liver Cell Laboratory in Huddinge

A qualified candidate will be an engineer holding a PhD degree in biotechnology, bioprocessing, or equivalent. Experience of bioreactor bioprocesses of mammalian or human cell culture is a strong advantage. The candidate should be highly motivated for doing scientific research, should be able to work independently, should have well developed technical skills, and enjoy team working. Excellent proficiency in spoken and written English, communication skills, technical ability and laboratory skills are required for the position.

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Registration open and bursaries available for ESACT-UK 2019

Drayton Manor Hotel, Tamworth – 9 -10 January 2019

We are looking to continue the increased proportion of early researchers in the scientific programme through a more extensive bursary programme, so if you are an early career researcher (within 7 years of completing a BSc) and would like to present your work, please submit a high quality scientific abstract for oral or poster presentation to Qasim Rafiq. The ESACT-UK organising committee will  select candidates for a full bursary (dependent on abstract being relevant to cell culture, committee decision is final). This includes a free ticket for both days, plus accommodation, all refreshments and the conference dinner. Deadline for abstracts is Friday 14 September 2018.

All attending early career researchers will be eligible for the prize for the best presentation (£500 bursary for an event of their choice) and best poster (£250 bursary for an event of their choice).

The early stage researcher must be a member of ESACT-UK, but it is free to join for students.If applying for a bursary, please do not register via the website. Should an application be successful, researchers will be sent a code to register.

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BioProNET members win innovator of the year

BioProNET members Ben Dolman and James Winterburn won the BBSRC 2018 Innovator of the Year in the Early Career researcher category.

Some information about their innovative work — partly funded by BioProNET — can be found on our case studies page
Scientific exchange visit boosts separation technologies collaboration
Collaborative development of glycolipid separation technology to reduce costs

Outcomes of IBSCA funding

BioProNET recently funded 7 Industrial Biotechnology Seeding Catalyst Award. These awards were designed to accelerate translational research by developing and progressing research along the technology readiness level (TRL) pathway, increasing business—academic engagement and company leverage on innovation activities, as well as generating data to support applications for larger grant funding. Below are the key aims and outcomes from each of these projects.

Download a pdf here

STARS School 2018: Embedding the Industrial Perspective

BBSRC Strategic Training Awards for Research Skills (STARS) School 2018: Embedding the Industrial Perspective

For Early Career Researchers: The Bioprocessing Skills School

Do you want to find out how your career might develop working for industry, the differences between industrial- and academic-driven research and how the industrial environment matches your career ambitions?  Here’s your opportunity to answer these questions and find out much more about your ability to work in teams and how the innovative, entrepreneurial spirit drives research translation.

At our week-long, intensive residential training programme, designed around the insights and advice of senior industrialists, you will take part in group-based activities and work with real-life industrial case studies. The programme is designed to engage with the process of entrepreneurship, focus on the development of the ability to promote research ideas and their value to audiences and the key importance of the societal impact of industrial biotechnology.

Are you interested? If you are (a) an Early Career Researcher (normally undergoing PhD training or on first Post-doctoral positioning in an academic environment but potentially in the early stages of an industrial career), (b) working in the area of bioprocessing of biopharmaceuticals or novel biological therapeutics (c) on a project that has an industrial collaborator then this could be an ideal opportunity for you.

The week-long residential programme is funded by the BBSRC (accommodation, meals and all training activities) to eligible applicants but will be limited to no more than 18 participants each year.  Each participant will be asked to make a £150 non-returnable contribution for registration once their acceptance of a place is confirmed. Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Jo Flannelly (

The programme will be held on 9th-14th September 2018, inclusive, at the National Biologics Manufacturing Centre (NBMC, Centre for Process Innovation, CPI, Darlington) and the week will start with a delegate networking dinner on the evening of Sunday 9th at the hotel.

The BioProcessing Skills School has been developed by the Universities of Manchester and Kent, in collaboration with the NBMC and BioProNET, and is funded by the BBSRC Strategic Training Awards for Research Skills (STARS).

Details of the full programme will follow and the sessions will include: molecular design and development of biological therapeutics, generating the tools for self awareness, industrial-scale manufacturing process, drug formulation and delivery embedded within a series of industrial site visits and presentations from industrial practitioners and entrepreneurs.

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