Category: Events

BioProNET 4th annual science meeting

BioProNET’s flagship annual science meeting will be held at the Slate Conference Centre, Warwick on October 10th-11th 2017. Registration is now open, please use the following link:

Registration with accomodation will close at midday on Monday 11th September, or when all spaces have been taken.

Day 1 – 10th October
09:30      Registration

Designing more efficient cell-expression systems (chaired by Kelvin Lee TBC)
10:30     Helene Faustrup Kildegaard – Technical University of Denmark: Improving CHO cell factories with CRISPR-mediated genome engineering
11:05     Short talk (10 min)
11:15     Imre Berger – University of Bristol: Baculovirus expression: old dog, new tricks
11:40    David Humphreys – UCB: Protein expression demands and demanding protein expressions: protein sciences the biopharma way
12:05    Karen Coopman – Loughborough University: Taking a holistic approach to mesenchymal stem cell culture process design
12:30      Lunch

Building expression systems into optimised process (chaired by Helene Faustrup Kildegaard TBC)
13:30     Paula AlvesiBET, Portugal: Insect cell platforms for production of VLPs and difficult to express proteins
14:05     Short talk
14:15     Natalio Krasnogor Newcastle University
14:40     Ray OwensUniversity of Oxford: High throughput cloning and expression of recombinant proteins for structural biology
15:05      Refreshment break, networking, posters

The clinic and beyond (chaired by Paula Aleves TBC)
15:45     Leda Castilho – Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Production of flavivirus VLPs: zika, yellow fever and beyond
16:20     Jim Faulkner – Autolus: Process development for autologous cell products

16:45     Proof of concept funding awardees (chaired by Mark Smales)
Martin Michaelis – University of Kent: Expanding production time of mammalian cell cultures for biotechnological applications
Cleo Kontoravdi – Imperial College London: Bioreactor design space identification with product quality constraints
Gyorgy Szekely – University of Manchester: Molecular imprinting for sustainable downstream processing of biopharmaceuticals

17:15     Group check in
18:00     Poster session and drinks reception
19:30     Conference dinner

Day 2 –11th October

Molecular characterization of process quality (chaired by Gary Lye TBC)
09:00     Chris Roberts – University of Delaware, USA: Mechanistic approaches to stabilization of pharmaceutical proteins
09:35     Short talk
09:45     Perdita Barran – University of Manchester: Hybrid mass spectrometry approaches to analyse biologics and distinguish biosimilars
10:10     Kathryn Lilley – University of Cambridge: Quantitative mass spectrometry to determine the three dimensional relationship of the proteome
10:35     Chris Sellick – MedImmune: Application of custom analytics to support bioprocess development for novel biopharmaceuticals
11:00     Refreshment break, networking, posters

Upstream meets downstream: rapid process development (chaired by Chris Roberts)
11:45     Kelvin Lee – University of Delaware, USA: A host cell protein that may impact polysorbate degradation
12:20     Short talk
12:30     Gary Lye – University College London: Scale-down approaches to mammalian cell culture process development and primary recovery
12:55     Simone Dimartino – University of Edinburgh: 3D printed porous media for packed bioreactors and downstream processing
13:20     Peter Levison Pall: Technology advances in continuous bioprocessing from process development into clinical manufacture

13:45    Poster prizes, lunch, meeting close


Biopharmaceutical Formulation Group meeting

The Knowledge Transfer Network will be holding the next Biopharmaceutical Formulation Group meeting in Manchester on 11th July 2017. The University of Manchester’s Centre of Excellence in Biopharmaceuticals  and Manchester Institute of Biotechnology (MIB) are hosting the event and we invite delegates to attend who have an interest in formulation at all levels within the UK.
FREE registration and further information can be found here.

Confirmed speakers include:
Ahmed Yasin, University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Graeme Cruickshank, Director of the National Formulation Centre, CPI
Jian Lu,  School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Manchester
Yvonne Perrie, Professor in Drug Delivery at University of Strathclyde

SynEARC 2017

July 7th, University of Kent, Canterbury

SynEARC is an annual FREE one-day postgraduate student-led symposium that is organized with the aim of generating awareness in the advances in synthetic biology as well as its applications in both basic research and industry. We are funded by the Eastern Academic Research Consortium (EARC), which is a collaboration network between the Universities of East Anglia, Essex and Kent.

9:00      Registration and coffee
10:00    Welcome: Colin Robinson, University of Kent
10:15    Simon Carding, UEA: Development of novel strategies to treat and prevent chronic intestinal inflammation and IBD
10.45    Oscar Ces, Imperial College London: Lipid membrane mechanics and drug delivery
11.15    Break and networking
12.00    Gavin Thomas, University of York: Parts and clusters for assembly in bacterial fuel production
12.30    Twist Biosciences: Engineering micro-organisms to utilise Martian soil
13.00     Lunch
14.00     Gill Stephens, University of Nottingham: Biocatalytic methods to produce chemicals
14.30     Saul Purton, UCL: Genetic engineering of algae for biofuel production
15.00     Break and networking
15:30     Postgraduate student presentations & poster session
17:50     Meeting close followed by social event

More information and registration here.



Second advanced biomanufacturing conference

22nd-23rd May 2017, Royal Victoria Hotel, Sheffield
Following the overall themes of cell engineering and bioprocess engineering, the conference will attract experts from around the world as well as early career researchers. Academic, research and industrial contributions are welcomed from all areas of biomanufacturing and abstract submissions of no more than 400 words should be sent via the website before the deadline of 31st January 2017.

Presentation topics (for oral, poster and flash) may include: manufacturing platforms; biopharmaceutical; bioprocess management; upstream and downstream bioprocessing; technology benchmarks and bio-computing. Technical papers that present results as well as position papers that challenge pros and cons of particular systems or processes may be presented.

To be part of our next conference please contact: +44 (0)114 222 9605

Early bird rates until 10th February 2017 – £165/£100, Standard rates after 10th February – £225/£145

Chemistry & industrial biotechnology for a circular bioeconomy

Pitch Event: Chemistry and industrial biotechnology for a circular bioeconomy
14:00, 21st September, University of York

The Innovate UK Knowledge Transfer Network and BioVale are working together to deliver an opportunity for entrepreneurs and investors to gain insight and form new business relationships in sustainable technologies for a circular bio-economy. Entrepreneurs can benefit from funded training and live pitching to a panel of investors.