CBMNet goes International

We are pleased to announce that we have successfully been awarded funding from the BBSRC to expand CBMNet activities across the globe!

We are headed to New Zealand for a workshop aimed at ‘Exploiting Algae and marine biomass for Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy’

In August 2017, CBMNet and PHYCONET members are heading to the Cawthron Institute, Nelson, New Zealand. The workshop focuses on a deeper understanding of the bottlenecks in producing polysaccharides, other bioactives and functional food ingredients from marine biomass. We will identify the challenges in characterisation, production and commercialisation, with the aim of generating project ideas to overcome yield-restricting bottlenecks in this process. The workshop will provide a forum for leading academic and industrial practitioners to establish a strong evidence-based assessment of our current understanding of the challenges and these will be carried forward by establishing new partnerships and collaborations.

CBMNet Co-Director, Dr Gavin Thomas, is planning a UK-Taiwan exchange to understand the structure & function of bacterial transporters for Industrial Biotechnology & Bioenergy.

The transport of small molecules across bacterial membranes via active transport is an underexploited component of metabolic engineering and has great potential in improving processes in industrial biotechnology and bioenergy (IBBE). To be able to rationally improve transporter function, knowledge of the structure/function relationships within these proteins is crucial. In this network we seek support to build a UK-Taiwan network of researchers sharing expertise in the study of transporters relevant for IBBE. The main component of the collaboration is the exchange of knowledge, in terms of understanding the function and structure of membrane transport proteins, in particular in scoping new research into IBBE-relevant targets and developing new techniques and expertise using TRAP transporters. This will be supported through three main activities; A Kick-off meeting July in York, several research exchanges and a grant writing and future perspectives meeting.

We’re welcoming Canadian and European Colleagues to Establish International Partnerships in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy in improved glycoform-based biopharmaceutical production in plants.

This September we are hosting a 3 day workshop which will provide a forum to facilitate collaboration between international partners in developing ‘non-traditional’ expression systems, focusing on plant and yeast cell factories, developing capabilities that can translate to existing and future platform technologies for production of biopharmaceuticals. A key goal of this meeting is to explore opportunities for collaboration and funding within the BBSRC priority funding area ‘New approaches to industrial biotechnology’. Specifically, this workshop will focus on a deeper understanding of the native glycosylation machinery and the manipulation thereof for the production of biopharmaceutical products with enhanced or even novel functions.  The programme will draw on the extensive experience in plant and yeast-based systems and approaches developed to achieve predictive modification of glycoform. Invited speakers have been chosen based on their expertise in different areas of plant and yeast biology, glycosylation, protein biochemistry and cell trafficking.  A key aim of the workshop is to develop a new network of research groups interested in industrial biotechnology and identify common research goals for responsive mode funding opportunities.


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