2018 – MARCH: Introduction to Industrial Biotechnology – Short Course



6-8 March 2018 | CPI & FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies, Wilton


“The CBMNet course provided me with a refresher in stabilised biochemical techniques and an insight into new methods. It also offered the opportunity to build connections with academics and industry members working on complementary topics. A thoroughly worthwhile course!”

Our 3-day CBMNet short course in IBBE provided 18 delegates with a foundation understanding of biological membranes, the role they play in IBBE and on-site tours and practicals at The Centre of Process Innovation and Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies.

Day One saw the introduction of the science behind the CBMNet remit through a series of lectures and problem solving case studies, through close interaction with key academic speakers. David Turley provided an excellent Introduction to IBBE in the UK, key sectors, markets served. Liz Jenkinson (Green Biologics) also presented on the societal challenges, responsible research and innovation, and synthetic biology. This was followed by a networking dinner.

“I found this event interesting and stimulating. I came away with new ideas for research and new contacts. I would certainly recommend this event to anyone new to, or interested in developing links and research industrial biotechnology.”

Day Two started with an eye-opening talk from Adriana Botes, Videra Services Ltd, on developing disruptive bio-based processes. Next came flash presentations from participants on their research, journal club and then thus was followed by a case study exercise and then tour of the CPI facilities art the Wilton Centre.

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“The 3 days was an excellent way to get up-to-date information on current membrane biology techniques from a mixture of academic and industrial scientists. The site tours and practical demonstrations showed how the scale-up of processes from the lab bench to demonstration/pilot scale should be done.”

Day three took us to the Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies in Billingham, where we had a tour of their process development and manufacturing facilities. This was followed by lecture and discussion about the challenges faced by Fujifilm relating to biological membranes. We rounded up the day with lab practicals analysing subcellular location of products in fermentation samples and additional site tours.


“The short course was really informative and I was intrigued by the vast opportunities to exploit the huge potential that advances in Industrial Biotechnology offers.”

Event Report: Danielle Fuller, FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies

The initial presentations on day 1 were extremely beneficial before proceeding with the rest of the course, as they refreshed our knowledge on biological membranes, filled any knowledge gaps and introduced us to other relevant areas to expand our knowledge. In particular ‘Lecture 6 – Molecular Biology Techniques Supporting IBBE’ was interesting to me as I work within molecular biology. It increased my awareness of alternative cloning techniques other than the standard restriction enzyme cloning; all of which could be something to consider in my future research.

The group tasks on day 2 gave the opportunity to discuss with other group members our thoughts and ideas on the journal article and case studies. The discussion tasks were valuable, as it allowed group members of different backgrounds and experiences to contribute ideas together. This resulted in more detailed answers to the questions. The case studies were particularly beneficial to me as they linked well to my area of work. As I have only been in my job for around 4 months it was useful to expand my knowledge, as well as allowing me to create links back to my job. The case study also covered fermentation optimisation which I had limited prior knowledge on. Discussing the problem as a group allowed me to learn a bit more about this area, and has allowed me to understand more clearly the next step that would be taken in my job when strains are handed over to the fermentation scientists.

We also got the chance to have tours around CPI and Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies, which was really interesting to see how processes worked in a real life industrial setting, and to see how some of the topics discussed earlier in the week were applied. By visiting the two sites it was nice to see the similarities and differences between the facilities, giving a broader vision in what working in industry is like.

Despite working at Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies myself, the visit to the company on the final day was highly advantageous. The presentations refreshed my memory about the company, and allowed me to expand my knowledge across other departments I may have to interact with in the future. The information presented in the classroom and on the site tour also related to some of the new knowledge I had gained during day one and two of the course, which I had not thought about previously. The lab demonstrations were interesting, especially on the flow cytometer which I have had a little experience using previously, and the ambr 250 as it is an important piece of equipment used in projects when strains are handed over to fermentation scientists.

Overall the course was enjoyable and useful providing a range of information around biological membranes in the form of presentations, group discussions, case studies, journal articles, and finally by seeing some of the theory being put into practice by visiting the both CPI and Fujifilm Diosynth Biotechnologies.