June 16, 2017 at 5:43 PM

Speakers from across Europe and beyond shared knowledge on a range of topics within the themes of Product Processing, Process Operations and Cell Engineering. Keynote sessions were led by Dr Uwe Gottschalk from Lonza AG and Professor Lars Nielsen from the Technical University of Denmark.

ABC Director, Professor David James, was delighted with the success of the event. “We were delighted to welcome so many eminent speakers to our event once again and have the opportunity to discuss technologies, concepts and future focus with both new and existing colleagues from industry and academia. It was also great to see so many of our young researchers engaged and motivated by the presentations and the networking at the conference. They are our future leaders in bioindustry and academia, so a key role of events like this is the development of these innovative and enquiring engineers.”

The conference ran over two days, and alongside the core sessions and parallel sessions, ran a poster competition and showcase event for early career researchers. The standard of these presentations was incredibly high and the audience were provided with innovative approaches to a variety of cell engineering, analytical platform and bioreactor technologies to name a few.

First place in the poster presentation went to Gloria Padmaperuma for her poster titled “Microalgae based co-culture as a potential biotechnological tool” and Beata Florczak was runner up wither her poster titled “Application of large scale modelling of the protein biomass objective in a CHO cell line using enhanced pulse SILAC and proteomic ruler approach”. The prizes were provided by the Advanced Biomanufacturing Centre and presented by Prof. David James.


Prof. David James presenting Gloria Padmaperuma and Beata Florczak with their poster prizes.

The ABC was founded in 2014 and has been successful in building new partnerships and establishing its place in the biomanufacturing community. 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. As a research centre within the Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering, the ABC is proud to develop and train internationally competitive young scientists and engineers with a flexible, interdisciplinary approach to bioprocess research and development. International conferences such as this support their development.