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.

Monday June 3rd 2019
10:00   Registration
11.00   Start of meeting with keynote speaker
Followed by talks and networking sessions
17:30   Hotel check-in
18:00   Poster and networking session
19:30   Conference dinner

Tuesday June 4th 2019
09:00  Talks and networking sessions
13.15   Prizes and wrap-up
13.30   Lunch and meeting close

Keynote speakers:
Mark Carver, Chair of Bio-Industry Association SIAC – Shaping the future: where next for bio-processing research?
Peter Levison, Pall Biotech – Operating in a changing landscape: future process development strategies
Nicole Borth, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna – CHO genome news: variation, phenotypes and control
Nigel Robinson, Durham University – Protein metalation in Industrial Biotechnology: E3B BBSRC NIBB opportunities
Damian Marshall, Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult – Cell and gene therapy manufacture: the emerging role for AI
David Bockwell, University of Leeds
Paul Kellam, Kymab
Uta Griesenbach, Imperial College London – Latest developments in cystic fibrosis gene therapy Douglas Browning, University of Birmingham – Playing a round with recombinant protein production: what is PAR for the course

BioProNET-facilitated science:
Lorna Ashton, Lancaster University – Raman spectroscopy and gene therapy
Jon Sayers, University of Sheffield – Engineering nucleases for genetic engineering and diagnostic applications
Duygu Dikicioglu, University of Cambridge – Addressing challenges in pre-processing and mining bioprocess development data in biocatalyst manufacturing by machine learning
Tobias von der Haar, University of Kent – Controlling bioprocessing paramaters through efficient sequence design
James Winterburn, University of Manchester – Enhanced glycolipid production and separation: from bench to business with UKRI funding
Jim Warwicker, University of Manchester – Computational approaches to study biopharmaceutical stability and formulation
Alan Goddard, Aston University – Separation of sub-micron biologicals using microfluidic devices
Sarah Smith, University of Warwick – Exploiting electron microscopy to optimise protein and biologic expression systems
Mark Wass, University of Kent – In silico analysis of host cell protein impurities in antibody purification
Jose Guterriez-Marcos, University of Warwick – Rapid production of high value biologics in plant cell cultures
Anil Day, University of Manchester – A high-yield expression platform for manufacturing recombinant human growth factors
Michael Plevin, University of York – DNA motor proteins for nanopore sequencing

To register, please use this link https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BioProNET2019

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 hvb-network@york.ac.uk 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):

STARS School 2019: Embedding the Industrial Perspective

For Early Career Researchers: The Bioprocessing Skills School
8th-13th September 2019, Darlington

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 Jo Flannelly (joanne.flannelly@manchester.ac.uk).

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 and registration 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.

UCL – Lecturer in bionanotechnology & biochemical engineering

This position is an exciting new academic appointment that will be jointly held between UCL’s London Centre for Nanotechnology and the Department for Biochemical Engineering. The post holder will work in the field of nanosensors for point of care disease diagnosis and or bioprocess analysis applications. This is an exciting opportunity to work with a multidisciplinary team and the new member of staff will be directly affiliated to the £11M i-sense EPSRC Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration (IRC) in Early Warning Sensing Systems for Infectious Diseases, one of three national EPSRC centres of excellence in sensing systems.

The successful candidate will hold a good first degree and PhD in a relevant engineering or physical science discipline. They will have proven communication skills, demonstrable collaboration activity and a growing track record in high quality publications and presentations in high profile conferences or meetings. A proven record of conducting high quality research and working with end users is essential, as is the ability to work collaboratively and to share in managing complex programmes. Track record and proven skills in teaching will be valued but are considered to be a skill which may be acquired in the early years of post. What is essential is commitment to high quality academic research and teaching, and continuous professional development.

Closing date 7th April; more details here.

ESACT courses

ESACT (European Society of Animal Cell Technology) courses will again be organized in September/October 2019 in Llafranc, Spain.

  • ACT Course:  22 – 26 Sept 2019
  • Cell Culture-Based Viral Vaccines Course:  29 Sept – 3 Oct 2019
  • Drug Development Course:  6 – 9 Oct 2019

Registration is open until mid June. More details here.