PRAXISforum Enzymes for Industrial Applications 2018


The 2018 PRAXISforum Enzymes for Industrial Applications is showcasing the latest developments and newest products in enzyme technology. Ready to use in your processes!


Tuesday, 06 February 2018
09:30 Registration, Opening of exhibition
11:00 Opening and welcome address
K. Rübberdt, Head of Biotechnology
DECHEMA e.V., Germany
11:15 FIS approach to industrial biocatalysis
  • FIS and FIS R&D brief general presentation
  • Why biocatalysis in industry
  • FIS research model for biocatalysis implementation
  • Examples with different enzymes
R. Motterle, Head Biotechnology Development
F.I.S. - Fabbrica Italiana Sintetici S.p.A. . Italy
11:55 How to make very good enzymes even better – improving cheese coagulants by enzyme engineering
  • The challenge of developing superior enzymes for complex industrial applications
  • Multiple parameter optimization of camel chymosin by DoE-based library design
  • Combination of various enzyme engineering strategies
C. Jäckel, Senior Research Scientist in Enzyme Innovation
Chr. Hansen, Denmark


Lunch and networking at exhibition floors

14:00 Enzymatic Processes for Industrial Applications

The merit of the enzymes utilized in the reactions which enzymes do better than the chemical reactions will be introduced:

  • Hydration and dehydrataion reactions (nitrile hydratase and aldoxime dehydratase)
  • Regioselective reaction (acid phosphatase)
  • Dynamic kinetic resolution (hydrolysis of nitrile)
  • Deracemization of racemic amines (amine oxidase)
  • Stereoselective lyase reaction (hydroxynitrile lyase)
Y. Asano, Head of Enzyme Chemistry Laboratory
Toyama Prefectural University, Biotechnology Research Center, Japan
14:45 Working title: "Enzymes in the Fragrance and Flavors Industry"
F. Brühlmann, Corporate R&D
Firmenich, Switzerland
15:15 Microbial transglutaminase enabling highly site-specific labeling of proteins
W. Steffen, Project Leader
Roche Diagnostics, Germany


Interactive networking and discussion @ "topic tables", Exhibition Walktrough

17:00 In silico enzyme design: the need for speed
  • The importance of speeding up enzyme discovery & development
  • Why we use computer simulations to design industrial enzymes
  • Case studies from Zymvol Biomodeling
M. F. Lucas, Co-founder & CEO
Zymvol Biomodelling, Spain
17:30 Navigating Functional Enzyme Sequence Space: A Holistic Bioinformatics Perspective
  • Enzyme archetypes: Clustering sequence space by functional hotspot positions
  • Mutational hotspots: An accelerated molecular dynamics approach
  • Enzyme Optimization: Combinatorial library design by virtual prototyping
S. Benson, Co-founder & CEO
Candidum, Germany
18:00 Working title: "Technical enzymes and the application of biocatalysis for the synthesis of intermediates & APIs"
J. Ohl, Senior Business Development Manager
Corden BioChem, Germany


Interactive networking and discussion @ "topic tables", Exhibition Walkthrough
19:00 Networking Dinner
(Location: Bar Life-Style@Maritim Hotel, Theodor-Heuss-Allee 3, 60486 Frankfurt/M.)
23:00 End of first PRAXISforum day
Wednesday, 07 February 2018
09:00 Re-Opening exhibition
09:30 A few studies about lipases
  • Strategy to optimize new biocatalysts
  • Enzyme toolbox
  • Case studies
A. Robic, Scientific Manager
Protéus, France
10:00 tba
M. Wubbolts, CTO (requested)
Corbion, The Netherlands
10:30 Working title: "Südzucker activities with industrial enzymes"
W. Wach, Head of Department Biotechnology
Südzucker, Germany


Interactive networking and discussion @ "topic tables", Exhibition Walkthrough
12:15 tba
K. Baldenius, Head of Biocatalysis Research
BASF, Germany
12:45 From Discovery to Product – Development of an Enzymatic Solution for Chronic Wound Treatment
  • Identification and characterization of a fibrin degrading protease from the larvae of Lucilia sericata
  • Development of a scalable microbial production process for the new enzyme Aurase
  • Development of a formulation that enables application of the enzyme product after long storage under unfavourable conditions in order to effectively treat potentially millions of patients worldwide that suffer from painful chronic wounds.
A. Pelzer, Platform Coordinator Tailor-made Biocatalysts
BRAIN, Germany

O. Thum, Head of Biotechnollogy Research (requested)
Evonik, Germany


Lunch at exhibition floors, interactive networking and discussion @ "topic tables"
15:15 End of PRAXISforum
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