Registration now open: Improving export in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy processes: Focus on Efflux Pumps

CBMNet Event: Getting things out: improving export/efflux in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy processes: Focus on Efflux Pumps

This themed CBMNet meeting will be an academic-industrial partnering forum to explore new ways to exploit efflux systems to enhance IBBE processes.

PLACES ARE LIMITED TO 25 PEOPLE. To apply to attend this FREE event please email the completed CBMNet Focus on Efflux Pumps_Jan 2015_Application form to cbm@shef.ac.uk. The deadline for applications is Friday 21st November 2014. Successful applicants will be informed they have a place by Tuesday 25th November 2014.

The efficacies of many cell-based Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy (IBBE) processes could benefit from an enhanced understanding of efflux pumps and channels. For example, increased yield of amino acids have been reported following the discovery and exploitation of bacterial amino acid efflux proteins. The characterisation of a mechanosensitive channel that operates in L-glutamate efflux offers the potential for high capacity membrane channels to be exploited in IB applications. In bioenergy, the yields of hydrocarbon biofuels might be improved by evolving multidrug efflux proteins to secrete long chain hydrocarbons and free fatty acids. This might include the use of systems as molecular vacuum cleaners to remove chemicals that partition into the membrane to improve the tolerance of cell factories to their products. Looking beyond chemical and bioenergy applications, there are new areas that might be explored in the active extrusion of herbicides from resistant plant species and the secretion of antibiotics by their producing cells.

This event is FREE to attend if you are a CBMNet Member and is a great opportunity to meet both industrialists and academics working on improving export/efflux in IBBE processes. Proof-of-Concept funding will be made available to all event attendees immediately after the event to facilitate the generation of new projects.

Draft Agenda:

Tuesday 20th January 2015

12:00 Registration and Networking Lunch, Tea and coffee
13:00 Welcome – CBMNet
13:15 Plenary Talk
14:00 Industry Talk 1
14:30 Industry Talk 2
15:00 Industry Talk 3
15:30 Coffee Break
15:45 Discussion
16:15 Poster Session

18:00 Check in to accommodation
19:00 Dinner and Networking drinks

Wednesday 21st January 2015

09:00 Welcome
09:15 Laura Piddock, University of Birmingham : Antibiotics and Efflux Pumps
09:45 Ben Luisi, University of Cambridge
10:15 Academic talk 3
10:45 Coffee break
11:00 Discussion
11:30 Speed Dating – everyone gets 5 minutes with everyone
13:30 Networking Lunch
14:15 Discussions – potential projects
15:00 Coffee break
15:15 Discussions – potential projects
16:30 Closing remarks and Next Steps

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