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Sep 12, 2008

The most recent trends in all fields of biotechnology

European BioPerspectives, 07-09 October 2008 , Hannover

Industrial biotechnology, systems biology and molecular medicine are central topics at this year’s European BioPerspectives conference. It takes place in Hannover 07-09 October 2008, in simultaneously to Europe’s most important biotechnology trade show BIOTECHNICA.

An international audience of more than 2,000 is expected at the scientific congress. Six plenary and thirteen keynote lectures provide the basis for more than 120 lectures and an extensive poster session. Topics covered include genomics, the generation and processing of renewable resources as well as biocatalysis and protein engineering, illustrating the broad variety of biotechnology. The platform „White Biotechnology“ shows the current status of activities in Germany. The programme also includes the application-oriented „Science-to-market“-Conference of the European Association of Pharma Biotechnology (EAPB) and the REBIRTH-Conference for regenerative medici-ne of the Hannover Medical School (MHH). This is the fourth BioPerspectives confe-rence; it is one of the most important biotechnology events in Europe.

Programme picks up current trends

Global revenue of industrial biotechnology is estimated at 50 billion US$ and expected to grow sixfold over the next ten years. The lecture programme reflects this develop-ment: Michael C. Flickinger (North Carolina State University, Raleigh, USA) opens the conferences with a plenary lecture on functional nanocoatings that contain biologically active microbes. Several lecture sessions are dedicated to biocatalysis, fermentation, downstream processing of biomass and the combination of chemical and biotechnolo-gical methods.

Two plenary lectures illustrate different aspects of systems biology that focuses on organisms as a whole: John Mattick (Univ. of Queensland, Australia) gives an account of recent surprising discoveries in genomics research, especially the various functions of small RNA-molecules. Ruedi Aebersold (ETH Zürich/Institute for Systems Biology, Seattle) describes how proteomics invigorate systems biology. Special sessions cover procaryotic and eucaryotic genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics.

Stem cell research has drawn a lot of attention over the past years. Stephen Minger (King's College, London, UK), whose research on the generation of human stem cells using animal egg cells made the headlines recently, gives an outlook on the future potential of stem cell research. Optimism prevails currently in synthetic biology, too: Wilfried Weber (ETH Zürich) presents artificial ecosystems built of mammal cells and bacteria where signal molecules control coupled synthetic gene networks. Jason Chin (Cambridge University, UK) reports on the re-programming of the proteine synthesis system of bacteria so that they can incorporate synthetic, non-natural amino acids in new proteines.

Special conferences „Science-to-Market“ and REBIRTH

EAPB’s „Science-to-Market“-Conference that is part of the BioPerspectives program-me on 07 and 08 October aims at promoting the collaboration of science and industry in pharmaceutical biotechnology in order to push the development of marketable tech-nologies and products. The conference focuses on biopharmaceutical drug and di-agnostic developments and novel technologies. The topics will be presented in six workshops and a poster session.

The BioPerspectives programme also includes the renowned REBIRTH conference on regenerative medicine that is organised by the Hannover Medical School (MHH).

Cooperation of BioPerspectives and BIOTECHNICA creates synergies

By combining BioPerspectives and BIOTECHNIA, the supporting programme could be expanded and made even more attractive. The activities of the VBiO Pupil’s Day have been integrated with the programme „BioTEch4U“ that gives students’ groups the chance to get a close experience of biotechnology and obtain information on study and career opportunities. This programme is offered each day from 07-09 October. The successful offers for networking and identification of potential collaboration partners via an online platform and the jobvector career booth have also found their place within BIOTECHNICA.

Partnership of 21 organisations

The European BioPerspectives is co-organized by 21 partner organisations:

  • AGD - Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Gen-Diagnostik e.V.
  • BIO Deutschland – Biotechnologie-Industrie-Organisation Deutschland e.V.
  • ChemBioNet
  • DBU - Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt
  • DECHEMA - Gesellschaft für Chemische Technik und Biotechnologie e.V.
  • DGF - Deutsche Gesellschaft für Fettwissenschaft
  • DIB - Deutsche Industrievereinigung Biotechnologie
  • DGPF - Deutsche Gesellschaft für Proteomforschung e.V.
  • DPWB - Deutsche Plattform Weiße Biotechnologie
  • EAPB - European Association of Pharma Biotechnology
  • GBM - Gesellschaft für Biochemie und Molekularbiologie e.V.
  • GDCh - Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker e.V.
  • GRM - Gesellschaft für Regenerative Medizin e.V.
  • GTS - Gesellschaft für ökologische Technologie und Systemanalyse e.V.
  • NGFN - Nationales Genomforschungsnetz
  • ÖGBT - Austrian Society for Biotechnology
  • SKB - Swiss Coordination Commitee for Biotechnology
  • VAAM - Vereinigung für Allgemeine und Angewandte Mikrobiologie e.V.
  • VBIO - Verband Biologie, Biowissenschaften und Biomedizin in Deutschland e.V
  • VBU - Vereinigung deutscher Biotechnologie-Unternehmen
  • GVC/VDI - Gesellschaft Verfahrenstechnik und Chemieingenieurwesen

Main organizer is DECHEMA - Gesellschaft für Chemische Technik und Biotechnolo-gie e.V.

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 Matthias Neumann
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