Category: Events

5th Annual Science Meeting

October 10-11th 2018
British Medical Association House, Central London
Come and join the bioprocessing community at our 5th Annual Science meeting. We anticipate that the meeting will begin at 10.15am on 10th October and finish at 3pm on 11th October.

“The 2017 meeting was one of the most interesting and educational that I have attended in a while!”

March 19th – registration opens
July 6th – registration closes for places with accommodation
July 6th – deadline for short talk abstracts
September 28th – registration closes for day delegates (sooner if capacity is reached)

Designing more efficient cell-expression systems
Molecular characterisation of process quality
Building expression systems into optimised process
The clinic and beyond
Upstream meets downstream – rapid process development

Confirmed speakers
Kerstin Otte
– University of Applied Science Biberach, Germany
Colin Robinson – University of Kent
Nathan Lewis – University of California San Diego, USA Engineering CHO cells with enhanced traits with multiplex genome editing
Gary FinkaGlaxoSmithKline Developing a next-generation cell line development platform through targeted automation, analytics and informatics
Tarit Mukhopadhyay University College London Manufacturing the future at less than a $1 a dose and meeting global health needs
Caroline Barelle Elasmogen soloMERä Biologics: Site-specific therapeutic biologics for the treatment of inflammatory disease
Phil Cater Leaf Expression Systems Plant produced biologics – process economics
Paul Dalby University College London New analytical methods for chromatography OR further downstream to formulation.
Yvonne Grenzel Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems, Germany Intensified cell-based viral vaccine processes: from continuous to perfusion and to hybrid systems.
Chris van der Walle MedImmune Manufacture and characterisation of nanoparticles encapsulating nucleic acids
Pernille Harris – Technical University of Denmark Solution structure and self-association of pharmaceutical proteins
Jonathan BonesThe National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training, Ireland Characterisation of biopharmaceuticals using intact protein separations hyphenated to high resolution native mass spectrometry
Laura Palomares – National Autonomous University of Mexico
Mike Betenbaugh – Johns Hopkins University, USA

Proof of Concept funding awardees
Dave Brockwell University of Leeds Investigating the effects of hydrodynamic force on the structure and biological integrity of a viral vector gene therapy product
Michael Plevin University of York Can an archaeal helicase enhance the performance of a nanopore DNA sequencer?
Gary Montague Teesside University Improved preservation of biologics by continuous intensified lyophilisation

We will also invite early career researchers to give short talks – more details to be given when registration opens

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BioProNET 4th annual science meeting

Photo taken by Linas Tamosaitis DSC06933

Some feedback from our 4th Annual Science meeting, held in October 2017:
“The meeting was one of the most interesting and educational that I have attended in a while!”

“Excellent chances to meet and build links with the community”

“I really appreciated the diversity of the speaker, e.g. male versus female, experienced verses ECR, academic versus industry”

Our 4th Annual Science Meeting featured the following line-up:

Designing more efficient cell-expression systems (chaired by Paula Alves)
Helene Faustrup Kildegaard – Technical University of Denmark: Improving CHO cell factories with CRISPR-mediated genome engineering
Eva Pekle – University of Kent: Single cell characterisation of CHO cells
Imre Berger – University of Bristol: Baculovirus expression: old dog, new tricks
David Humphreys UCB: Protein expression demands and demanding protein expressions: protein sciences the biopharma way
Stefanie Frank – University College London: Engineering spatial segregation within bacterial hosts for bio-therapeutic protein production
Karen CoopmanLoughborough University: Taking a holistic approach to mesenchymal stem cell culture process design
Robyn Emmins – GlaxoSmithKline: Embedding the Berkeley Lights Beacon: a bright future for cell line development

3rd Annual Scientific Symposium

October 19–20th 2016, East Midlands Conference Centre

Thank you to everyone who attended our 3rd annual science meeting and contributed to its success. A pdf of the conference booklet is available here.


Congratulations to our prize-winners:
Poster prize first place: Tim Eyes (University of Manchester)
Poster prize second place: Ilokugbe Ettah (Lancaster University)
Poster prize third place: Ben Dolman (University of Manchester)
Early career talk prize: Sarah Hedberg (Imperial College London), pictured


Day 1
Keynote speaker William Barton (Virginia Commonwealth University, USA) Over-expression of secreted proteins from mammalian cell lines

2016 early career researcher event

BioProNET early career research event 2016
September 6–7th Brighton Mercure Seafront Hotel

Many thanks to everyone who made this event a sucess!


The programme for the 2016 event reflected feedback from delegates at last year’s highly successful meeting; delegates said they wanted more time to focus on CVs, cover letters, being interviewed (and interviewing) and preparation for job applications, as well as presentation skills. The facilitators and presenters at this year’s event had considerable experience of recruiting for bioprocessing- and indistrial biotechnology-related careers.

We were pleased to welcome Martin Popplewell and his team from Coconut Communications to this event to deliver the media training sessions. Martin has more than 25 years of experience working in journalism, including at the BBC, Sky News and ITN.

In the media training session, delegated worked in small groups (6 people) with a trainer in a practical session where they prepared for an interview, were interviewed and then received a personal review and critic of their performance.  They will have two interviews, allowing them to learn and improve, and they received receive a copy of their interviews and a booklet covering the theory of good media interviews.

Overcoming Cellular Barriers: Implications for Industrial Biotechnology

Many thanks to everyone who attended this event; we hope that you found it useful and informative. A total of nine new project ideas were identified at the meeting, together with champions to take them forward. If you attanded the meeting and need further information on the projects and/or champions, please contact Charlotte


July 6th and 7th 2016, Birmingham Hilton Metropole

The function of membranes in bacterial, yeast and mammalian cell factories are an important but underappreciated parameter in optimizing recombinant protein quality and yields.  In addition, the delivery of a therapeutic protein to its target often requires that protein to cross one or more membranes.

Three BBSRC NIBB — BioCatNet, BioProNET and CBMNet — are hosting a two day event to address the challenges of protein secretion and targeting in industrial biotechnology.  Three themes form the backdrop of the meeting: Protein trafficking in eukaryotic cells, protein export from bacterial cell factories and delivery of therapeutic proteins to targets.

The meeting will identify how UK academic and industrial strengths can be exploited to enhance application to future challenges, by combining presentations from leading academics and industrialists to inform and stimulate facilitated discussions. The overall aim is to identify collaborative research projects and teams to bid for funding.

To register, please click here.

Wednesday 6th July, 2016
10.30 Registration
11.00 Welcome, Objectives and Funding available – Me profiles Network Directors
Session 1: Protein Trafficking in Eukaryotic Cells
11.15 How UCB are beginning to address protein trafficking both  in-house and with external collaborators Bernie Sweeney – UCB
11.30 Obtaining a molecular understanding of antibody secretion Andrew Peden – University of Sheffield
Session 2: Protein Export from Bacterial Cell Factories
11.45 Project ‘PeriTune’ -Periplasmic export in e. coli Cobra Biologics
12.00 The Tat pathway as a biotechnological tool for the expression and export of heterologous proteins in E. coli Kelly Walker – University of Kent
Session 3: Delivering Therapeutic Proteins and other compounds substrates/drug molecules 
12.15 Engineering therapeutic proteins for cell entry: the natural approach Ron Jackson, MedImmune
12.30 Engineering biomimetic polymers for intracellular protein delivery Rongjun Chen – Imperial College London
12.45 Review of presentations and scene-setting for discussions to follow
13.00 Lunch and networking
14.00 Parallel Discussions 1
Protein Trafficking Protein Export from Bacterial Cell Factories Delivering Therapeutic Proteins and other molecules
15.25 Report from 3 discussion sessions; definition of topics of interest; themes to be expanded for further development of projects in groups
16.05 Coffee and check-in
16.45 Parallel Discussions 2
Protein Trafficking Protein Export from Bacterial Cell Factories Delivering Therapeutic Proteins and other molecules
17.45 Groups to define initial project areas to develop and for participants to identify their interests for further involvement in day 2 project pitching
18.00 Close
18.30 Networking drinks
19.30 Dinner


Thursday 7th July, 2016
09.00 Technology Drivers
09.00 Imaging vesicle transport in cells Gero Steinberg – University of Exeter
09.25 Molecular interactions in membranes and applications of solid state NMR Boyan Bonev – University of Nottingham
09.50 Q & A
10.00 Project Pitching Projects identified at end of day 1 – on pin boards; champion for each gives 5 minute pitch. Formalise interested parties and refine groups for discussions post-coffee break
10.45 Coffee
11.00 Break out Discussion Sessions within project groups
12.30 All Groups reconvene and share ideas – finalise groupings of individuals to carry planning on to next stage
13.00 Lunch
14.00 BIV writing session – on-the-spot applications
15.00 Close