Synthetic Biology on the Rise: Improving Therapeutics through Interdisciplinary Approaches

June 29th, University of Kent, Canterbury

The day will be focused on an interdisciplinary synthetic biology applied to improve bioscience research with potential therapeutic applications, aiming to be composed of Eastern ARC (Uni of Kent, Uni of Essex, U.E.A) principal investigators and their laboratory personnel, PhD and MSc students,  interested undergrads, as well as industry (i.e. Sekisui Diagnostics, AstraZeneca) and graduate admissions personnel.

More details and free ticket at:

6th Annual Science Meeting

The Principal Hotel, Manchester
June 3-4th 2019

Our flagship science meeting will this year reflect on the science that has been developed to date through BioProNET support, and also provide a forward vision of the science that will underpin the next 10 years of bioprocessing.

Registration is now closed; to be added to the wait list contact Charlotte or Jo

10.00 Registration
The Cell Factory: Proteins are go

co-chaired by Emma Hargreaves and Mark Smales

11.00 Nicole Borth, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna – CHO genome news: variation, phenotypes and control
11.30 Tobias von der Haar, University of Kent – Controlling bioprocessing parameters through efficient sequence design
11.45 Sarah Smith, University of Warwick – Exploiting electron microscopy to optimise protein and biologic expression systems
12.00 Anil Day, University of Manchester – A high-yield expression platform for manufacturing recombinant human growth factors
12.15 Jose Guterriez-Marcos, University of Warwick – Rapid production of high value biologics in plant cell cultures
12.30 Poster talks: Gizem Buldum, Imperial College London – Monitoring the effect of accessory proteins on a CHO-based cell-free protein synthesis factory

Théo Mozzanino, University of Kent – Engineering the CHO secretory pathway for enhanced secretory recombinant protein production

12.40 Douglas Browning, University of Birmingham – Playing a round with recombinant protein production: what is PAR for the course
12.55 Lunch
The Cell Factory: Nucleic acids are go    chaired by Nicole Borth
14.00 Uta Griesenbach, Imperial College London – Latest developments in cystic fibrosis gene therapy
14.30 Michael Plevin, University of York – DNA motor proteins for nanopore sequencing
14:45 Duygu Dikicioglu, University of Cambridge – Addressing challenges in pre-processing and mining bioprocess development data in biocatalyst manufacturing by machine learning
15.00 Lorna Ashton, Lancaster University – Raman spectroscopy and gene therapy
15.15 Poster talks: George Prout, Cobra Biologics – Optimisation of a scalable rAAV production process 

Zoltán Kis, Imperial College London – Techno-economic analysis of emerging vaccine platform and production technologies 

15:25 James Budge, University of Kent – Engineering of CHO cell lipid metabolism to enhance biotherapeutic protein production
15.40 Refreshment break, networking, posters
Beyond the Cell and into Manufacturing          chaired by Gary Lye
16.10 Nigel Robinson, Durham University – Protein metalation in Industrial Biotechnology: E3B BBSRC NIBB opportunities
16.40 Jon Sayers, University of Sheffield – Engineering nucleases for genetic engineering and diagnostic applications
16.55 Gary Montague, Teesside University – Improved preservation of biologics by continuous intensified lyophilisation
17.10 Hirra Hussain & Louis Darton, Universities of Manchester and Kent – The BBSRC-funded Strategic Training Awards for Research Skills (STARS): The Bioprocessing Training Programme
17.25 Mark Carver, Bio-Industry Association SIAC – Shaping the future: where next for bio-processing research?
17.55 Hotel check-in
18.20 Poster session and drinks reception
20.00 Conference dinner

Day 2 – 4thJune

New Approaches and Enabling Technologies        chaired by Paul Dalby
8.45 Paul Kellam, Kymab – Deep mining of antibody responses – picking your best therapeutic mAb or vaccine
9.15 James Winterburn, University of Manchester – Enhanced glycolipid production and separation: from bench to business with UKRI funding
9.30 Alan Goddard, Aston University – Separation of sub-micron biologicals using microfluidic devices
9.45 Mark Wass, University of Kent – In silico analysis of host cell protein impurities in antibody purification
10.00 Jim Warwicker, University of Manchester – Computational approaches to study biopharmaceutical stability and formulation
10.15 Poster talks: Cloé Legrand, University of Cambridge – MRI characterisation of a microscale parallel bioreactor 

Guido Zampieri, Teesside University – Combining machine learning and metabolic modelling as a tool for bioprocess development

10.25 David Brockwell, University of Leeds – Assessing biopharmaceutical aggregation in vivo and in vitro
10.55 Refreshment break, networking, posters
The Future Should Not Be Unexpected         chaired by Alan Dickson
11.25 Damian Marshall, Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult – Cell and gene therapy manufacture: the emerging role for AI
11.55 Ray Field, AdaptImmune – Bioprocessing for autologous T cell therapy
12.25 Poster talks: Denis Calnan, Thermo Fisher Scientific – A high resolution accurate mass multi-attribute method for critical quality attribute monitoring & new peak detection

Vera Lukashchuk, Cobra Biologics – Development of analytical package for AAV vectors: focus on qPCR 

Tim Eyes, University of Manchester – GeneORator: Smart DNA library design to accelerate the identification of improved protein variants

12.40 Peter Levison, Pall Biotech – Operating in a changing landscape: future process development strategies
13.10 Prize presentation – Colin Miles, BBSRC
13.15 Lunch and meeting close


High Value Biorenewables Network: scientific workshop

17-18th June 2019
Bull Hotel and Conference Centre, Peterborough

This free, residential workshop will explore the current status of genomic technologies and the use of gene tools in relation to High Value Biorenewable Products. The event will include short talks from invited academic and industrial speakers which will highlight key challenges and opportunities in this research area. There will also be the opportunity for delegates to give a short flash presentation relevant to the workshop theme.

Confirmed speakers include:
Jeremy Bartoslak-Jentys, Croda Europe Ltd
Sam Brockington, University of Cambridge
Andrew Collis, GSK
Ian Graham, University of York
Ancheng Huang, John Innes Centre
Marnix Medema, Wageningen University
Andrew Truman, John Innes Centre

We are now inviting applications to attend this event. All delegates selected to attend will be required to register as a member of the HVB Network before the workshop takes place.To apply for a place, please email adding the requested details under the headings below. Please provide a response to every question; incomplete applications will not be considered. Please only apply on your own behalf, applications submitted on behalf of others will not be considered.

Full Name: Institute: Job title: Email address: Contact telephone number:
Please suggest some key challenges for discussion at this event:
Optional: If you would be interested in giving a flash presentation, please submit a provisional title: Please confirm that you have the permission of your line manager to attend this event and you have read the event terms and conditions (below):

Formulation solutions for diversifying biopharmaceutical portfolios

11 July 2019, Manchester

The next BFG meeting will address the diversification of the products within the biopharmaceutical portfolio, and how fundamental science and understanding developed by the UK formulation community is directing towards effective and predictive solutions for formulation of new biologics and therapeutic formats. The meeting will feature a selection of speakers who represent the many facets of the modern formulation sector from the biopharma field and beyond.

1-2-1 Partnering
There will be an opportunity through partnering software to set up 1-2-1 meetings on the day at various networking times, to maximise opportunities for interaction and future collaborations. We hope that you can make the most of this and please do engage and accept meetings where possible.

Call for posters
There will be a chance for researchers to present posters. Please note your interest on registration and use the free text box to indicate title and short descriptor. Deadline for your expression of interest is the 26th June 2019.

Early career bursaries
If you are an early career scientist (student or first three years of post-doc or industry) and wish to be considered for a bursary to support travel and accommodation, please note this at registration. Bursary recipients are required to present a poster (deadline 26th June 2019).

Registration deadline is 3rd July 2019. More details here.