2018 Science Meeting prize winners

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Conratulations to the winners of the poster and short talk prizes at our 4th annual science meeting, who received their prizes from Karen Lewis of the BBSRC (far left).

The winners were Rochelle Aw, Imperial College London – 1st prize talk (pictured 2nd left); Eva Pekle, MedImmune & Univserity of Kent – 2nd prize talk (pictured middle); Tania Selas Castiñeiras, Cobra Biologics – 3rd talk prize; Hirra Hussain, University of Manchester – 1st prize poster, Natalie Talbot, University of Kent – 2nd prize poster (pictured 2nd right) and James Budge, University of Kent – 3rd poster prize (pictured far right).

Two positions at Arecor

Senior Scientist: An exciting opportunity has arisen for a talented Senior Scientist to join Arecor’s Development team. This role will appeal to an individual who is passionate about science and its application to the development of therapeutic products, whilst also offering the right individual the opportunity to take on a role where you will make a real impact on the success of a dynamic start-up company.

To be considered for this position you will have:
• An MSc or PhD in Life Sciences or equivalent (BSc considered based on experience)
• Extensive experience in an analytical laboratory environment, with hands on experience of working with a broad range of analytical methods, including HPLC, DLS, spectrophotometry, activity assays
• Possess excellent communication skills, both written and verbal including drafting protocols, summaries and reports to a very high standard
• A proven track record in problem solving including the ability to design experiments, analyse data/results and trouble-shoot issues
• Be dynamic, flexible, self-motivated and able to work both individually and within a team
• Must be prepared to travel (up to 20% of time), including overseas, if required

More details here

Scientist: As part of the Development team, we are seeking a highly self-motivated individual to play a diverse role in an innovative and expanding company. We are seeking a competent person with a minimum of 2 years of experience working on the analysis of proteins and/or bio-therapeutics to support Arecors Client and R&D portfolio. Hands on experience of HPLC is essential. The successful applicant will be a self-starter who is able to work well within a team and individually and have excellent communication and organisation skills.

To be considered for this position you will ideally have:
• A BSc or MSc in Life Sciences or equivalent, PhD advantageous
• At least 2 years’ experience in an analytical laboratory environment, with hands on experience of working with a broad range of analytical methods, including HPLC, DLS and spectrophotometry
• Possess excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
• Be an excellent problem solver with the ability to design experiments, analyse data/results and trouble-shoot
• Be dynamic, flexible, self-motivated and able to work both individually and within a team

More details here

IBSCA funding awarded

BioProNET has recently awarded six indistrial biotecnology seeding catalyst awards (IBSCA). This funding aims to develop and progress ideas and technology within the scope and remit of BioProNET and the call along the technology readiness level (TRL) pathway.

Pilot production of engineered nucleases with applications in molecular biology and diagnostic devices
Jon Sayers, University of Sheffield

Optimization of influenza vaccine manufacturing through inhibition of autophagy
Jeremy Rossman, University of Kent

Improved microfluidic devices for downstream bioprocess separation of sub-micron targets
Alan Goddard, Aston University

Learning from charge interactions in nature to understand poly-anion/cation complementarity in drug encapsulation
Jim Warwicker, University of Manchester

Engineering secretory capacity in S. cerevisiae strains to improve recombinant protein production yield
Campbell Gourley, University of Kent

Enhancing secretory pathway function to allow selection of host cell clones
Lisa Swanton, University of Manchester

Establishing a prototype process for manufacturing non‐therapeutic biologics expressed in plants for the R&D market
Anil Day, University of Manchester

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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Faculty position – University of Delaware

The Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at the
University of Delaware invites applications for a tenure-track open rank
Professor position.

REQUIREMENTS: Ph.D. or equivalent in chemical engineering or a related field.

DUTIES: The Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering seeks faculty
candidates to develop and lead a vigorous and nationally recognized research
program; teach and advise students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels;
and participate in and contribute to the departmental and larger professional
community. While applications in all research areas will be considered, we particularly
seek applicants with expertise in biopharmaceutical manufacturing, bioinformatics,
and systems design and optimization, especially those that synergize with the new
manufacturing excellence centers, NIIMBL and RAPID.

APPLICATION: Please submit a curriculum vitae, a description of research and
teaching interests, and the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses
of at least 3 references at apply.interfolio.com/44338. Applications will be considered
until the position is filled. The curriculum vitae and letters of recommendation will be
shared with department faculty.