ESACT Frontiers Retreat

The 2nd ESACT Frontiers Retreatwill take place in Zagreb from the 17th to 19th of October 2018

ESACT Frontiers Retreat is a platform to foster and launch early career researchers into the growing field of animal cell technology, mixing high-quality scientific sessions and dynamic workshops on personal and career development. We also aim to induce active networking between participants, so that you have the opportunity to get to know your peers, form new connections and valuable collaborations for the future.

Our scientific sessions will be a great opportunity for young researchers to present original research work, as most of science talks will be given by students and early career scientists. Poster sessions will also be extended in order to provide more time to participants to present their research and get involved in scientific discussions with peers.

The career workshop, which is a great opportunity to get in touch with some senior ESACT members and benefit from their experience, has been re-designed in a more interactive format and it will provide important tools to shape your professional future.

In the personal mentoring workshop, we are happy to announce Michael Heath again as one of our speakers. This year’s workshop focus on “Soft skills and personal development” to help you identify and improve important personality traits in a relaxed working atmosphere.

This meeting is open to the entire cell culture community, including non-ESACT members, so please spread the word among your colleagues! Abstract Submission will open soon and submission deadline is on the 23rd of April.

More information

Jobs at Intertek

For more than 130 years, companies around the world have depended on Intertek to help ensure the quality and safety of their products, processes and systems.

They have several job openings
Junior Regulatory Specialist
Technical Expert – Biological Chromatography
Technical Expert – Protein Chemistry
Technical Expert – Assay Validation
Technical Expert – Gas Chromatography
Facilities Coordinator

BioProNET-funded collaboration-building workshops

Using big data and computational methods in bioprocessing
June 11th, University of Kent, Canterbury
9.30am (registration), 10am–5.00pm

The continuing advances in computational methods and the greater use of high throughput omics approaches has increased the potential for greater application of these methods in bioprocessing. This workshop will focus on a number of main areas including: 1) antibody design, 2) use of genetic variation when analysing CHO cells for biologics production 3) protein modelling to investigate properties such as aggregation and binding of host cell impurities to biologics.
Confirmed speakers include Charlotte Deane, University of Oxford, Mark Wass, University of Kent and Nicole Borth, Universität für Bodenkultur, Vienna, Austria.
For more details contact Mark Wass
To register:
Travel: If you are coming by train via London, then Canterbury is less than one hour from London St Pancras. More travel details here

The promise of genome editing: changing bioprocessing, manufacture and much more
18th June, Bradfield Centre, Cambridge Science Park, 11am–4pm
Confirmed speakers include Nicola McCarthy, Horizon Discovery; Mark Fife, Pirbright Institute; Lorenz Mayr, GE Healthcare and Claus Kristensen, University of Copenhagen.
Evolution is so ‘yesterday’ as we enter the revolution offered by genome editing. You may find this opinion provocative but if the cellular systems we have are not good enough for the functions needed, why should we not just build new ones by changing the genetic makeup of the cell, So far, so good… the promise remains but what is the reality of this hope? In this workshop we are bringing together expert opinion leaders from academia and industry to examine the likelihood of the expectations being translated to outcomes. Via short expert presentations and focused group discussions, the participants will examine how the potential of genome editing to change the manufacture of bio-based products may be enhanced and the practical consequences of such interventions from a commercial perspective.

Registration link and more information:

Bioprocess Intensification
July 4th, University College London 9.30am–5.30pm
The continued growth of the biopharmaceutical industry is being challenged by a greater number and variety of products than in the past. The industry is also increasingly concerned with the affordability of these products. These key factors means process intensification has become a critical objective. The goal is higher productivity processes to enable small process trains, resulting in cost-effective, lean, and agile manufacturing facilities. The symposium assembles 8 leaders from the biopharmaceutical industry and academia (Line Lundsberg-Nielsen (NNE), Hani El-Sabbahy (3M/UCL), Ajoy Velayudhan (UCL) Peter Levison (Pall), Will Lewis (GSK), Jonathan Souquet (Merck KGaA), John Welsh (Pall) Suzy Farid (UCL)) who will present their latest findings and opinions on the subject. By bringing together scientists and engineers from academia and industry who are actively engaged in bioprocess intensification the event will provide forum for lively debate.

Registration here:
The programme is available here



Technical Sales Specialist – Infors HT

Territory: Northern Swathe of England (North Wales across to Hull and up to Newcastle)
Reporting to: Commercial Director
Benefits Package: Competitive salary and bonus with use of a company vehicle, 23 days holiday
Purpose: Actively promote Infors UK and its products
Main Responsibilities
To provide for the efficient operation of regional sales activities on behalf of Infors UK
Manage and control the area, ensuring customers are kept fully informed at all times
Working in a small team, support colleagues as and when required – throughout the UK
Responsible for direct sales, after-sales follow-up and assisting service personnel if required
Promote sales and service agreements
Report to the Commercial Director
Person Specification
Educated to HNC/Degree in microbiology or cell biology
Active fermentation experience (either mammalian or bacterial)
Outgoing and friendly personality
Ability to work as a team member as well as an individual
Excellent communication skills
Current clean UK driver’s licence
The ideal candidate has ambition and a drive to succeed. Must be willing to work flexible hours and work away from home. A highly motivated individual, who is proactive, customer focused and is happy working autonomously in a small team environment. The successful candidate will run and control all aspects of the sales territory. Comprehensive and continuously ongoing product training will be given as well as all aspects of business. The ideal candidate should live within the sales area.
Contact: Nick Musgrove 01737 223100/07775 745529

Latin-American Symposium on Animal Cell Technology

The 8th Latin-American Symposium on Animal Cell Technology (SLATCC) is a conference focused on Pharmaceutical Biotechnology that will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from October 21st to 24th, 2018.

In its 8th edition, the meeting will have plenary talks, oral presentations and poster presentations, as well as an exhibition of vendors and equipment suppliers. The oral language of activities will be Spanish, Portuguese and English, without simultaneous translation. Written materials, including posters and slides, will be prepared in English.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is July 16th, 2018. Oral and poster sessions will focus on the following topics:
– Biopharmaceutical trends
– Genome editing and cell line development
– Upstream process development
– Downstream process development
– Continuous and integrated processes
– Product development and product quality
– Biosimilars
– Viral and recombinant vaccines
– Cell and nucleic acid therapies

Coference website