June 08, 2015 at 12:56 PM

 International Advanced Biomanufacturing Conference May 2015


Photograph shows (left to right) Diane Hatton – MedImmune, Paul Varley – MedImmune, Prize winners: Charlotte Green, Joseph Longworth & Claire Bryant; Lekan Daramola – MedImmune, Ray Field – MedImmune.

The Advanced Biomanufacturing Centre (ABC) at the University of Sheffield recently held it’s inaugural conference at the Holiday Inn, Royal Victoria. It was a truly International event as the Centre welcomed speakers from the US, Denmark, Austria, France, Sweden, Germany, Dublin and of course the UK. 140 delegates listened to leading experts covering current approaches in synthetic biology, protein engineering, biopharmaceutical development, bioprocessing, cell engineering plus modelling and analytical techniques in biomanufacturing.

ABC Director, Professor David James, was delighted with the success of the event. “We are in exciting times as biological engineers – we are pushing the boundaries of a new, synthetic design led discipline that will radically alter our ability to manufacture biomolecules or organised biosystems with novel and predictable functional properties. The fact that we have been able to attract such a remarkable array of International speakers at our first event, is testimony to this global growth in industrial biotechnology. “

The conference also highlighted the work of early career researchers through an impressive selection of poster presentations and 10 minute showcase presentations. These were independently judged by the visiting academic and industrial speakers and prizes were awarded as follows:

First place poster presentation Charlotte Green - ‘Engineering the bacterial flagellum: conversion into a high efficiency protein secretion machine’, second place poster presentation Claire Bryant - ‘Synthetic biology platform for CHO cell design and engineering’. First place showcase presentation Joseph Longworth - ‘Predicting translation, A Global Approach.’

The prizes were sponsored by MedImmune, the research & development arm of Astra Zeneca. Dr Ray Field, BioPharmaceutical Development, presented the prizes and emphasised the importance of the translational research done by Universities.

The Advanced Biomanufacturing Centre was founded in 2014 to establish its place at the heart of the growth and opportunity presented by new research discoveries. The world class research that takes place is driven by a culture of innovation and led by experts with the ability to translate fundamental research into real-world applications.

Centre Manager, Karen Wood, is excited to be present at the start of the journey for the ABC and working with the interdisciplinary teams drawn from across the University of Sheffield. “Working with the ABC means working with a hub of biomanufacturing expertise that can include access to the widest possible selection of people and facilities. We are already working with partners and collaborators to maximise the benefits of our research, and know that these opportunities will continue to increase”.

Enquiries about the Centre and its activities should be directed to Karen Wood, Centre Manager
or 0114 222 9605