Provisional Programme & Confirmed Speakers

Sunday, 1 July 2018

10.00 - 16.00

Registration and Satellite Events

12.30 - 14.00


12:30-12:50 Sweet enzymes
Pierre Monsan INRA Toulouse and TWB, France
12:50-13:05 Discovery and development of novel glucanotransferases for healthier foods Tim Börner   Nestle, Switzerland
13:05-13:25 Molecular evolution for biocatalysis and synthetic biology Yan Feng Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
13:25-13:40 From lab to large scale – industrial biocatalysis from an SIBC perspective Steven Hanlon  Roche, Switzerland
13:40-14:00 Structure-guided Engineering of Multifunctional Oxygenases in Complex Natural Products Biosynthesis Ikuro Abe Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Science, The University of Tokyo, Japan


14.30 - 16.00


14:30-14:50 Thermophilic enzymes for Synthetic Biology in vivo and in vitro cascades Jennifer Littlechild University of Exeter, UK
14:50-15:05 The development of supports for protein purification and enzyme immobilization Sung-Chyr Lin National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan
15:05-15:25 Green Synthesis of biobased copolymers Francisc Peter  Polytechnic University of Timisoara
15:25-15:40 Biotechnology in the production and discovery of flavor and fragrance ingredients Laurent Daviet  Firmenich SA, Geneva, Switzerland
15:40-16:00 Amino group carrier protein, a new platform in primary and secondary metabolite biosynthesis Makoto Nishiyama Biotechnology Research Center, The University of Tokyo, Japan



16.30 - 16.45


16.30 - 16.40   Presidential opening and welcome   Mathias Uhlen  EFB President 
16.40 -16.45  Welcome from the local host   Gerrit Borchard   ECB 2018 local host 

16.45 - 17.45

Plenary Lecture 1: Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) – basic research and present-day applications

17.45 - 18.30

Plenary Lecture 2: Biomedical research in Switzerland

18.30 - 20.00

Welcome Reception and Exhibition

Monday, 2 July 2018

09.00 - 10.00

Plenary Lecture 3: Antibody-cytokine fusion proteins: a novel class of biopharmaceuticals for the therapy of cancer and of chronic inflammation

10.00 - 10.30

Coffee, exhibition/posters and Business Presentation Forum

10.30 - 12.30

Parallel Symposia

Keynote Speaker: Virginijus Siksnys


10:30-11:00 Harnessing biodiversity of Cas9 to expand genome editing toolbox Virginijus Siksnys Vilnius University Institute of Biotechnology  O1-S
11:00-11:15  Functional mineral scaffolds are actively produced by dedicated biofilm cells to provide resistance to antibiotics
Ilana Kolodkin-Gal Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
11:15-11:30 Development of co-cultivation concepts for beta cells and mesenchymal stromal cells to produce functional beta cell spheroids

Florian Petry
Institute of Bioprocess
Engineering and Pharmaceutical Technology,
University of Applied Sciences Mittelhessen,

11:30-11:45 Investigation of regulatory mechanism of antimycin-type depsipeptide biosynthesis in Streptomyces albus S4
Bohdan Bilyk University of Leeds, United
11:45-12:00 In vitro antioxidant and antimicrobial activities of extracts from medicinal plants
Marguerite Simo Kamdem University of
Yaounde, Cameroon
12:00-12:15 Antibacterial activity of zinc oxide and copper oxide nanoparticles against Gram-positive and
Gram-negative bacterial strains ss
Rania Dadi LSPM-CNRS, France O1-5
12:15-12:30 Infant with osteosclerotic metaphyseal dysplasia and TBX3 gene mutation
Inusha Panigrahi PGIMER, India O1-6


Keynote Speaker: Ian Dodd


10:30-11:00 Exploiting plant long-distance signalling mechanisms in agriculture Ian Dodd Lancaster University
11:00-11:15 In vitro propagation of box tree (Buxus hyrcana Pojark.), an ornamental species under danger of extinction
Behzad Kaviani Livani Islamic Azad University,
Rasht, Iran
11:15-11:30 Biological activities, safety evaluation and phytochemical analysis of grasses used in South
African traditional medicine
Fikisiwe Gebashe University of KwaZulu-Natal,South Africa
11:30-11:45 CRISPR/Cas9-induced monoallelic mutations in the cytosolic AGPase large subunit gene APL2 induce the ectopic expression of APL2 and the corresponding small subunit gene APS2b in rice leaves
Erika Soto Universitat de Lleida, Spain O2-3
11:45-12:00 Enzymatic modification for the production of healthy lipids from new omega-3 sources: chia,
camelina and echium oilseeds.
Natalia Castejon
Universidad Autónoma de
Madrid, Spain
12:00-12:15 Monitoring cell division rates in medicago sativa roots by developmental live cell imaging
Miroslav Ovecka Palacký University Olomouc,
Centre of the Region Haná for Biotechnological
and Agricultural Research, Czech Republic
12:15-12:30 Development of a biotechnological platform based on protein production for biological control strategies for banana crop pathogens Monica Arias Researcher, University of Antioquia, Medellín, Colombia O2-7


Keynote Speaker: Beatrix Süß


10:30-11:00 RNA aptamers as genetic control devices – the potential of riboswitches as synthetic elements for regulating gene expression Beatrix Süß Technische Universät Darmstadt, Germany O3-S
11:00-11:15 Adaptation of the yeast Kluyveromyces marxianus to a biotechnological niche
John Morrissey UCC , Ireland O3-1
11:15-11:30 16S and 18S metagenomics analysis of fouling residues from aquaculture
Anne-Kristin Tveten NTNU, Norway O3-2
11:30-11:45 Synthetic transport systems in bacteria Tilmann Kuenzl ETH Zurich, Switzerland O3-3
11:45-12:00 Yeast chassis design for production of dicarboxylic acids
Filipa Pereira European Molecular Biology
Laboratory, Germany
12:00-12:15 Extracorporeal application of eddy brakes to control the magnetic nanoparticles and
modulating the drift and diffusion characteristics of these particles in the heart – a theoretical assessment
Mark Christoph Arokiaraj Pondicherry Institute
of Medical Sciences, India
12:15-12:30 Products from Methanol by Metabolic Engineering of Bacillus methanolicus
Trygve Brsutaset Norwegian University of
Science and Technology, Norway
12:30-12:45 Naturally occurring novel promoters for recombinant protein production around pyruvate branch-point in Pichia pastoris
Pinar Calik Middle East Technical University,


Keynote Speaker: Patrick Boisseau


10:30-11:00 IronMan: moving nanomedicine from lab to market Patrick Biosseau CEA-Leti, Grenoble  O4-S
11:00-11:15 Engineering protein nanocages for targeted
photodynamic therapy
Dennis Diaz Macquarie University, Australia O4-1
11:15-11:30 In situ biosynthesis of bacterial nanocellulose
incorporated with hydroxyapatite/cellulose
Prakit Sukyai Kasetsart University, Thailand O4-2
11:30-11:45 Study on the antioxidant activity and in vitro
distribution in mice of gold nano particles/
carboxymethyl chitosan synthesized by radiation
Le Quang Luan Biotechnology Center of
Hochiminh City, Vietnam
11:45-12:00 Oral delivery of alternative protein scaffold
nanofitins targeting TNFα shows a strong antiinflammatory
effect in models of inflammatory
bowel diseases.
Magali Zeisser Labouebe University of
Geneva, University of Lausanne, School of
Pharmaceutical Sciences, Switzerland
12:00-12:15 Green approaches for preparation and
comparative analysis of three different molecular
sizes of multifunctional sericin nanoparticles
Soumita Dutta Indian Institute of Technology
Kharagpur, India
12:15-12:30 Adenosine delivery via squalene-adenosine
nanoparticles to treat ischemic diseases: liver
versus brain
Marie Rouquette Institut Galien Paris-Sud,


12.30 - 13.30

Lunch, exhibition/posters and Business Presentation Forum

13.30 - 14.45



13.30 – 13.40 How to be sure your paper will be rejected Jeff Cole EFB Vice-President
13.40 – 13.55 How to increase the chance that your paper will be accepted Mike Taussig EFB Journal “New Biotechnology”
13.55 – 14.10 The publication process: how to interact with editors and reviewers Lynn Sherrer Elsevier
14.10 – 14.20 How to select the best journal for your work Tasha Mellins-Cohen Microbiology Society
14.20 – 14.25 An invitation to contribute to a Special Issue of New Biotechnology based upon the best presentations during the Congress. Peter Lund and Gertien Smits New Biotechnology
14.25 – 14.45 Questions and discussion from the audience - an opportunity to meet the editors and publishers    


13.30 - 14.45


13:30-13:45 Swiss NTN: biotechnet & SBA collaboration Laura Suter-Dick University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW) 

In Silica enzyme engineering: empowering enzymes for bioanalytical and biocatalysis applications 

Patrick Shahgaldian  Inofea AG 
14:00-14:15 CTI project ET-pure: development of specific filters and analytical test kits for endotoxins Franka Kalman University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland (HES-SO)
14:15-14:30 Polymeric nanoparticles: biomaterials bridging between medical and pharma industries – the experience of the GoNanoBioMat consortium Giuseppe Perale The University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI)
14:30-14:45 Panel discussion: promotion of innovative biotech in Switzerland    

13.30 - 14.45


13:30-13:50 Grave-to-cradle: the potential of autotrophic
bioprocesses in bioplastic production

Manfred Zinn
HES-SO Valais-Wallis, Switzerland
13:50-14:05 A quest for abundant and sustainable carbon sources
in polyhydroxyalkanoates production – are seaweeds
the answer?

Maria Manuela Da Fonseca
Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal

14:05-14:25 Polyesterases: design, function and application
Doris Ribitsch
ACIB, Austria
14:25-14:45 Chemo-enzymatic strategies for the synthesis of
functional bio-based polyesters

Alessandro Pellis
University of York, UK

14.30 - 15.00

Coffee, exhibition/posters and Business Presentation Forum

15.00 - 17.00

Parallel Symposia

Keynote Speaker: Karin Hoogendoorn


15:00-15:30 Introduction to Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products  Karin Hoogendoorn
Utrecht University, The Netherlands
15:30-15:45 Evaluation of the activity of sophorolipids against
microbial biofilms on medical-grade silicone
Mayri Diaz De Rienzo Liverpool John Moores
University, United Kingdom
15:45-16:00 Neurometabolic changes in aging human brain
observed with whole brain magnetic resonance
spectroscopic imaging
Xiao-Qi Ding Institute of Diagnostic and
Interventional Neuroradiology, Hannover Medical
School, Germany
16:00-16:15 Nanocomplexes based on chitosan-peptide
derivatives towards wound healing promotion
Viorica Patrulea University of Geneva,
16:15-16:30 Targeted cutaneous delivery of an anti-CD29 mAb
for the topical treatment of psoriasis
Maria Lapteva University of Geneva, Switzerland O5-4
16:30-16:45 An automated microfluidic perfusion device for
adherent cell reprogramming, expansion and
culture condition monitoring
Nicolas Szita University College London, United
16:45-17:00 Gene expression-targeted isoflavone therapy for
Huntington’s and Alzheimer’s diseases
Karolina Pierzynowska University of Gdansk, Poland
15:30-17:00 Oral abstract presentations

Keynote Speaker: Jozef Šamaj


15:00-15:30 Plant biotechnology employing signalling and cytoskeletal proteins
Jozef Samaj
Palacký University
15:30-15:45 Development of stomata is mediated by interactions between heat shock proteins 90 and
YODA signalling pathway
Despina Samakovli Palacky University, Czech
15:45-16:00 Evaluation of plant growth promoting rhizobacteria activities of microorganisms isolated
from natural sources
Joaquin Espi AINIA, Spain O6-2
16:00-16:15 Multi-tasking of SERK-like kinases: current status and biotechnological advances

Vijay Kumar

University of KwaZulu-Natal, South
16:15-16:30 New regulatory roles of phospholipase Dα1 in Arabidopsis as revealed by shot-gun proteomic
Tomas Takac Centre of the Region Hana for
Biotechnological and Agricultural Research, Palacky University, Czech Republic
16:30-16:45 Stabilization of endangered heritage objects: call a microbial plumber!
Edith Joseph University of Neuchatel, Switzerland

Keynote Speaker: Dirk Weuster-Botz


15:00-15:30 CO2 as carbon source: autotrophic versus phototrophic bioconversion Dirk Weuster-Botz
Technische Universität München
15:30-15:45 BioProcess optimization through yeastderived nutrients careful selection is key for
probiotics and recombinant proteins industrial manufacturing
Alain Sourabie Procelys, Lesaffre Group, France O7-1
15:45-16:00 Bacteria as cell factories for producing selenium nanoparticles: their synthesis by the
rhizobacterium Azospirillum brasilense and characterisation
Anna Tugarova Institute of Biochemistry and
Physiology of Plants and Microorganisms,
Russian Academy of Sciences (IBPPM RAS ),
16:00-16:15 Orthogonal, light-inducible protein expression platform in yeast Sacchararomyces cerevisiae
Karin Messerschmidt University of Potsdam, Germany
16:15-16:30 Protein purification using aqueous micellar twophase
systems within a microfluidic device
Polona Znidarsic-Plazl University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
16:30-16:45 Microparticle-enhanced cultivation of filamentous fungi - insight into the action of microparticles towards various fungal species
Marcin Bizukojc Lodz University of Technology,
16:45-17:00 Understanding product toxicity in industrial biotechnology
Luca Rossoni University of Nottingham, United

Keynote Speaker: Bernhard Schuster


15:00-15:30 S-layer protein-based biosensors Bernhard Schuster
BOKU, Vienna
Noninvasive prenatal diagnosis by circulating fetal
nucleated red blood cells and trophoblasts using
silicon-based nanostructured microfluidics
Ming Chen Changhua Christian Hospital, Taiwan O8-1
Versatile on-stage microfluidic system for long 
term cell culture, micromanipulation and time 
lapse assays 
Yao-Xiong Huang Ji Nan University, China O8-7
16:00-16:15 Bacterial bioreporters for standoff detection of
buried landmines: molecular manipulations for
performance enhancement
Shimshon Belkin Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
16:15-16:30 Development and characterisation of a new
fluorescence sensor for online monitoring of
Jan Konig Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany
16:30-16:45 Highly sensitive aptamer-based nanobiosensors
for detection of periodontal disease biomarker
Man Bock Gu
Korea University, Republic of Korea O8-4
16:45-17:00 Detection of endocrine-disrupting compounds by
novel yeast biosensors
Liat Moscovici Hebrew University of Jerusalem,
17:00-17:15 Improving a bacterial pyranose 2-oxidase using
a combination of rational design and directed
evolution for biosensor applications
Diana Santos Instituto de Tecnologia Química e
Biológica - António Xavier, Universidade Nova
de Lisboa, Portugal


17.00 - 17.30

Flash poster presentations 1

17.00 - 19.00

Poster session 1

17.30 - 19.00


17.30- 17.55  Bioeconomies: common objectives, different approaches
Alfredo Aguilar  Chairman EFB Task Group Bioeconomy, Brussels, Belgium 
17.55–18.20  Asian Bioeconomy  Satyahari Dey  Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India 
18.20–18.40  Challenges of Advanced Bio-Product Development in a SME  I-Ping Lin Challenge Bioproducts Co. Ltd, Taiwan 
18.40–19.00  Towards circular bioeconomy  Tomasz Twardowski  Polish Academy of Sciences, Poznan 

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

09.00 - 10.00

Plenary Lecture 4: Ecological principles governing anaerobic degradation of oil in groundwater and oil reservoirs

10.00 - 10.30

Coffee and exhibition/posters

10.30 - 12.30

Parallel Symposia

Keynote Speaker: ​Patrick A. Baeuerle


10:30-11:00 TriTAC: a novel therapy to treat cancer Patrick Baeuerle
MPM, German
11:00-11:15 Targeted delivery of RNA aptamers to diseased
Ipsta Roy NIPER S.A.S. Nagar, India O9-1
11:15-11:30 Bioinformatics evaluation of amastin protein
variants in Tryapanosoma cruzi for finding
conserved T and B cell epitopes for vaccine
Parvez Singh Slathia School of Biotechnology,
Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, India
11:30-11:45 Production of antibody-fragments with plasmidbased
and genome-integrated T7 E.coli expression
systems - evaluation of systems performance in
microtiter fed-batch-like cultivations
Mathias Fink Christian Doppler Labratory for
production of next-level biopharmaceuticals in
E. coli, University of Natural Resources and Life
Sciences, Austria
11:45-12:00 Spy and snoop protein superglues for nanoassembly
and tickling the immune system
Mark Howarth University of Oxford, United Kingdom
12:00-12:15 Synthesis and characterization of new
recombinant Elastin-Like Recombinamers fused
to scFv for the formation of targeted polyplex
Sofia Serrano  G.I.R. Bioforge, University of Valladolid, Spain

Keynote Speaker: Eva Stoger


10:30-11:00 Medicines and more from leaves and seeds Eva Stöger BOKU, Vienna  
11:00-11:15 Re-engineering the tropane alkaloid biosynthesis
pathway in potato
Matthew Hooper  The James Hutton Institute,
United Kingdom
11:15-11:30 Degradation of anti-HIV antibodies 2F5 and PG9
by proteases of Nicotiana benthamiana
Alejandro Puchol-Tarazona Department of Applied Genetics and Cell Biology, University of
Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Austria
11:30-11:45 Molecular farming in barley: production of human
antimicrobial peptide LL-37
Alzbeta Michuchova Palacký University, Czech Republic
11:45-12:00 Antimicrobial capacity of two optimized
Mediterranean plant extracts against clinical
isolated strains of Staphylococcus aureus
Francisco Alvarez Martinez Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IBMC), Miguel
Hernández University (UMH), Spain
12:00-12:15 Mycelium of Lentinula edodes enriched with
selenium and study on release of this bioelement
into artificial digestive juices
Katarzyna Kala Jagiellonian University Medical College, Poland
12:15-12:30 Effects of multi-strain lactobacilli supplementation
on growth performance and immunostimulation in
weaned pigs
Pairat Sornplang Khon Kaen University, Thailand O10-6
11:00-12:30 Oral abstract presentations

Keynote Speaker: Isabelle André


10:30-11:00 Computer-aided engineering of enzymes for in vitro and in vivo production of novel precursors  Isabelle André
INSA, Toulouse
11:00-11:15 A novel energy-efficient version of the calvin cycle
Oleg Dmytrenko Harvard University, USA O11-1
11:15-11:30 Laccase: old enzyme with new applications Verena Braunschmid University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Austria
11:30-11:45 Intracellular metabolite profiling of Streptomyces coelicolor A3(2) in nutrient stressed batch fermentation for antibiotic production
Kanhaiya Kumar Norwegian University of
Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway
11:45-12:00 Ensuring sustained genetic stability and productivity during continuous culture of E. coli
for the bio-production of citramalate
Charlotte Green University of Nottingham, United Kingdom O11-4
12:00-12:15 Antihypertensive activity of sesame residue-enriched soy milk fermented by lactic acid
Shu-Chen Wang Chia Nan University of
Pharmacy and Science, Taiwan
12:15-12:30 Fungal biotransformation of 5-(hydroxymethyl) furfural into 2,5-di(hydroxymethyl)furan
Alberto Millan Universitat de Lleida (Centre DBA), Spain

Keynote Speaker: Yu-Chen Hu


10:30-11:00 Delivery of RNA Therapeutics and CRISPR Systems for Stem Cell Engineering and Tissue Regeneration Yu-Chen Hu National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
11:00-11:15 A hybrid thermosensitive hydrogel formulation for extended release of tacrolimus for vascularized
composite allotransplantation
I-Ming Chu National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan O12-1
11:15-11:30 Effects of a micro-derived antioxidant on semen parameters of males with asthenozoospermia
Yihua Gu ProBiotiK Technologie Deutschland
GmbH, China
11:30-11:45 Genistein-mediated correction of differential defects in the cytoskeleton in cellular models of various neurodegenerative diseases
Grzegorz Wegrzyn University of Gdansk, Poland O12-3
11:45-12:00 Generation of macroporosity in 3D scaffold using a combined approach of high-speed stirring and
freeze-drying method: potentials in bone tissue engineering application.
Somnath Maji Indian Institute of Technology
Kharagpur, India
12:00-12:15 iPSC-derived neurospheroids recapitulate development and pathological signatures of human brain microenvironment
Joao Sa iBET - Instituto de Biologia
Experimental e Tecnológica and Instituto de
Teconologia Quimica e Biológica António Xavier,
Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
12:15-12:30 Preparation of nitric oxide-releasing photocrosslinked electrospun chitosan nanofibrous scaffolds for bone tissue engineering
Ming-Hua Ho National Taiwan University of
Science and Technology, Taiwan


12.30 - 13.30

Lunch, exhibition/posters and Business Presentation Forum

13.20 - 14.45


Plant seed production of biopharmaceuticals: bridging red and green biotechnology Ann Depicker Ghent University H4-1
Yeast biomass formation from carbon dioxide by rational metabolic engineering of Pichia pastoris Thomas Gaßler BOKU University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna H4-2
Making the strange more familiar: influence of germinality content on mAb expression potentials and thermal stability properties Linda Schwaigerlehner BOKU University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna H4-3
Controlled encapsulation of T helper peptides into functionalised liposomes Ehsan Suleiman BOKU University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna H4-4

13.30 - 14.30



13:30-13:45 Starting a Biotech in Switzerland: Swiss values and international focus  Jan Lichtenberg  InSphero AG 
13:45-14:00 Cobalamin-balanced food products for nutrition-conscious consumers with focus on vegetarians and vegans Manfred Zinn University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland (HES-SO Valais-Wallis)
14:00-14:15 Novel First-in-Class Protein-Protein Interaction Inhibitor for NOTCH Targeted Therapy Raj Lehal Cellestia Biotech AG
Panel discussion: Promotion of innovative biotech in Switzerland



13.30 - 14.45


13.30-13.35  Introduction  Gerrit Borchard  School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Geneva 
13.35-14.05  How to give the worst presentation ever  Patrycja Nowak-Sliwinska  School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Geneva 
14.05-14.35  How not to prepare your CV  Carole Bourquin  School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Geneva 
14.35-14.45   Q&A     

14.30 - 15.00

Coffee and exhibition/posters

15.00 - 17.00

Parallel Symposia

Keynote Speaker: Paula Alves


15:00-15:30 Pluripotent Stem Cells for Drug Development and Therapy: Bioprocess Development Challenges Paula Alves iBET - Instituto de Biologia Experimental e Tecnológica, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
15:30-15:45 Identification of novel promoters and genetic control elements derived from Chinese Hamster ovary cells
Ngoc Ly Nguyen Austrian Centre of Industrial Biotechnology, Austria/University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences BOKU, Austria
15:45-16:00 Recombinant human interferon alpha-2b: cloning, expression and pat-process analytical technology enabled production in glycoengineered pichia pastoris
Srikanth Katla Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India
16:00-16:15 Developing of an efficient membrane based downstream processing for oncolytic measles viruses
Daniel Loewe University of Applied Sciences Mittelhessen, Germany
16:15-16:30 Characterization of antibody drug conjugates by an innovative on-line four-dimensional HICxSECIM-MS methodology
Valentina D’Atri Université de Genève, Switzerland
16:30-16:45 Generation of novel bioactive “unnatural” natural products through biotransformation by the enzymatic fungal secretomes
Emerson Ferreira Queiroz, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, EPGL, University of
Geneva, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
16:45-17:00 The challenges and opportunities of cascading enzymatic microreactors
Marco Marques University College London, United Kingdom

Keynote Speaker: Emilio Montesinos Segui


15:00-15:30 Novel biopesticides. Functional peptides, from nature to the biotechnological product
Emilio Montesinos Segui
Institute of Food and Agricultural Technology, University of Girona
15:30-15:45 Optimization of gamma-PGA biosynthesis supported by synthetic biology and metabolic engineering strategies
Cinzia Calvio University of Pavia, Italy O14-1
15:45-16:00 Nephroprotective roles of potent medicinal plants against acetaminophen (N-acetyl-P-aminophenol) induced kidney damage in mice
Muhammad Arshad International Islamic University, Pakistan
16:00-16:15 Acidogenic Fermentation of Spent Coffee Grounds
Luisa Serafim CICECO – Aveiro Institute
of Materials, Departamento de Química,
Universidade de Aveiro, Aveiro, Portugal,
16:15-16:30 Lab scale fermentation studies with marine bacteria to maximize the production of
bioemulsifiers for cosmetic and food industries
Laura Molina Leitat Technological Center, Spain O14-5
16:30-16:45 Pretreatment of coffee silverskin with ultrasound and mild alkaline solutions for enhancement of sugar yield
Maria Elena Russo Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
Istituto di Ricerche sulla Combustione, Italy

Keynote Speaker: Lisbeth Olsson


15:00-15:30 Microbial robustness - a key for efficient fermentation processes in the bioeconomy
Lisbeth Olsson
Chalmers University, Sweden  
15:30-15:45 Cross-industry applications for leveraging integrated process analytical technology (PAT)
and data analytics applications
Lisa Graham Alkemy Innovation Inc., USA O15-1
15:45-16:00 Production of antioxidants compounds for food and cosmetic application obtained by fungal
liquid media cultures
Lilia Lopez de Leon ENSAT -INPT, France O15-2
16:00-16:15 Integrated ABE fermentation-adsorption process for enhanced butanol production by Clostridium

Francesca Raganati Università degli studi di
Napoli Federico II, Italy
16:15-16:30 Ferulic acid synthesis in engineered E. coli is limited by methyl-group supply
Maria Dornheim Martin-Luther-University Halle/
Wittenberg, Germany
16:30-16:45 Effect of water on microorganisms in solid state bioprocessing
Yu Cao University of Manchester, United
16:45-17:00 Microbial electrochemical technology (MET) platform for turning carbon dioxide into a suitable
substrate for a chain-elongation fermenter
Romiro Blasco-Gomez LEQUIA, Institute of the
Environment, Universitat de Girona, Spain


Keynote Speaker: Selin Kara


15:00-15:30 Engineering of biocatalytic reactions
Selin Kara
Technische Universität Hamburg
15:30-15:45 Efficient Immobilization of α-Naphtyl Acetate
Esterase (ANAE) on Modified k-Carrageenan, and
k-Carrageenan/Alginate Composite Matrices – a
Comparative Evaluation
Ahmad Jameel International Islamic University
15:45-16:00 Enzymes and ice binding proteins from antarctic
Marina Lotti University of Milano Bicocca, Italy O16-2
16:00-16:15 Immobilization of carbonic anhydrase for
enhancement of CO2 reactive absorption
Maria Elena Russo Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
Istituto di Ricerche sulla Combustione, Italy
16:15-16:30 Carboxylic acid reductase enzymes Margit Winkler acib GmbH and Graz University
of Technology, Austria
16:30-16:45 Thermotolerant biotechnology: biocatalysts for
added manufacturing
Kersten Rabe Karlsruhe Institute of Technology,
16:45-17:00 Production of short-chain fructooligosaccharides
with a recombinant produced and immobilized
Jan Philipp Burghardt Institute of Bioprocess
Engineering and Pharmaceutical Technology,
University of Applied Sciences Mittelhessen,


17.00 - 17.30

Flash poster presentations 2

17.00 - 19.00

Poster session 2

20.00 - 22.30

Congress Networking Dinner

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

09.00 - 10.00

Plenary Lecture 5: Smart Macro-Nanomedicine for Tumor-Targeted Drug Delivery

10.00 - 10.30

Coffee and exhibition/posters

10.30 - 12.30

Parallel Symposia

Keynote Speaker: Christian Schöneich


10.30-11.00  Chemical degradation of protein therapeutics: hot spots, mechanisms, and impact on aggregation and immunogenicity  Christian Schöneich  University of Kansas   
11:00-11:15 Improving drug product QC through noninvasive analytics
Bruce Yu University of Maryland, USA O17-1
11:15-11:30 An experimental study of a novel design of a LabDisk for separation of targeted tumor cells
Amir Shamloo Sharif University of technology, Iran
11:30-11:45 Selection and characterization of immunodiagnostics biomarkers from secretomes: successful examples in Schistosoma mansoni, Leishmania infantum and Trypanosoma cruzi
Vincente Martins Universidade de Brasilia, Brazil O17-3
11:45-12:00 Revealing the complex composition of lignin and resulting products by ultra-high resolution mass spectrometry (FT-ICR MS)
Louise Horsfall University of Edinburgh, United
12:00-12:15 Novel microfluidic and analytical approaches for screening of engineered strains: micro-sensor technologies for pH and organic acids detection
Yi-Yu Chen National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan O17-5
12:15-12:30 A nanoparticle platform for accelerated surface-mediated assays of protein stability
Marie Kopp ETH Zurich, Switzerland O17-6

Keynote Speaker: Christof Holliger


10.30-11.00 Organohalide respiration with chloroethenes: from fundamentals to application  Christof Holliger  École Polytechnique Fédérale, Lausanne  O18-S
11:00-11:15 A semi-passive biofiltration process for the degradation of recalcitrant naphthenic acids from
oil sands process waters
Mohamed Gamel El-Din University of Alberta, Canada
11:15-11:30 Treatment of wastewater contaminated with atrazine using a packed bed reactor packing with an organic biomixture
María Cristina Diez La Frontera University, Chile O18-2
11:30-11:45 Microbial and enzymatic approach for the reduction of terpenes in pinewood
Bernhard Widhalm Competence Centre of Wood
Composites and Wood Chemistry, Austria
11:45-12:00 Ability of Fusarium culmorum to degrade the endocrine disruptor di(2-ethyl hexyl)
phthalate: enzymes production and pathway of biodegradation
Carmen Sanchez Universidad Autónoma de
Tlaxcala, Mexico
12:00-12:15 Isolation and identification of erythromycinmineralizing bacteria
Riccardo Perri IEC-FHNW, Switzerland O18-5
12:15-12:30 Biological recycling of metals contained in lithium-ion batteries (LIB)
Virginia Echavarri-Bravo University of
Edinburgh, United Kingdom


Keynote Speaker: Marcel Wubbolts


10.30-11.00 Recycling plus the calvin cycle: key to realize a sustainable circular economy
Marcel Wubbolts  Corbion, The Netherlands   
11:00-11:15 The challenge of producing bioethanol from residues of kraft pulp processing
Ana Xavier University of Aveiro, Portugal O19-1
11:15-11:30 Biopolymers production by a halophilic bacteria in an integrated biorefinery
Thelmo Lu-Chau Universidade de Santiago de
Compostela, Spain
11:30-11:45 Multi-objective optimization of biobutanol production using surrogate models
Jules Thibault University of Ottawa, Canada O19-3
11:45-12:00 Engineering carbon-conserving synthetic pathways for assimilation and conversion of C5/
C6 carbon sources into added value chemicals
Jean Marie Francois University of Toulouse,
LISBP & TWB, France
12:00-12:15 Optimising nature for industry: design of synthetic promoters for strain engineering of Trichoderma

Elizabeth Fitz Institute of Chemical,
Environmental & Biological Engineering, Austria
12:15-12:30 Consolidated bioprocessing in engineered B. subtilis lab strains: γ-PGA production from
Luca Longanesi Pavia University, Italy O19-6



Keynote Speaker: Tai Hyun Park

Keynote Speaker: Christophe Moreau


10.30-11.00 Protein-based biosensors created by fusion of G protein-coupled receptors to an ion channel

Christophe Moreau

Institut de Biologie Structurale 

11.00-11.30 Human receptor-carrying nanovesicles and nanodiscs as biological elements for bioelectronic nose and tongue Tai Hyun Park  Seoul National University  
11:30-11:45 Biotransformation of copper nanoparticles for remediation of distillery co-products
Charlotte Lilley University of Edinburgh, UK O20-1
11:45-12:00 Fast, simple and affordable access to space for biotechnology R&D through ICE Cubes service
Hilde Stenuit Space Applications Services,
12:00-12:15 Bioelectronic nose based on olfactory receptors and carbon nanotube devices
Seunghun Hong Seoul National University,
Republic of Korea
12:15-12:30 Novel microfluidic and analytical approaches for screening engineered strains: downscaling of
S. cerevisae cultivations for lactic acid production
Damiano Totaro Austrian Centre of Industrial
Biotechnology (ACIB GmbH), Austria



12.30 - 13.30


12:30-12:45 Research funding schemes of the European Research Council (ERC) Alessandra Ferrari European Research Council (ERC) Executive Agency H7-2
12:45-13:00 KET biotechnologies: horizon 2020 and towards FP9 Carmen De Vicente-Coll European Commission DG Research & Innovation; Key Enabling Technologies; D2-Advanced Manufacturing Systems and Biotechnologies  
13:00-13:15 Research funding available from the PPP BBI Eleni Zika European Commission Bio-based industries H7-1
13:15-13:30 Research funding available from the CoBioTech EranetCoBioTech. ERA Petra Schulte CoBioTech Eranet  


12.30 - 13.30

Lunch and exhibition/posters

14.00 - 16.00

Parallel Symposia

Keynote Speaker: Wolfgang Friess


14:00-14:30 Importance of molecular interactions and interfacial stress for aggregation of monoclonal antibodies
Wolfgang Friess
Ludwig-Maximilians Universität, Germany   
14:30-14:45 Development of amphiphilic dextran-based nanoparticle and in vitro cytotoxicity in human
colon adenocarcinoma cell
Nisa Patikammonthon Mahidol University,
14:45-15:00 A platform technology for the bioconjugation of nanoparticles in cancer theranostics
Andrew Care Macquarie University, Australia O21-2
15:00-15:15 Anti-angiogenic strategies for chemoembolization of liver tumors local controlled delivery of
antiangiogenics for liver cancer treatment
Olivier Jordan University of Geneva, Switzerland O21-3
15:15-15:30 PLGA microparticle carrier system as adjuvant approach for pandemic influenza vaccines; proof-of-principle with adsorbed whole inactivated H5N1 influenza
Thomas Courant Vaccine Formulation Institute, Switzerland
15:30-15:45 Modeling the physicochemical properties of DNA:PEI polyplexes on transient gene expression: a DoE-based approach
Eduard Puente-Messaguer Universitat Autònoma
de Barcelona, Spain

Using some lyoprotectants for shelf life improvement of a lyophilized intravesical immune BCG

Seyed Mehdi Hassanzadeh Pasteur Institute of

Keynote Speaker: Juan Lema


14:00-14:30 Environmental biotechnology for the sustainable wastewater treatment and resource recovery  Juan Lema University of Santiago de Compostela   
14:30-14:45 Targeting the torso signalling pathway to identify bee-friendly insecticides
Charlotte Pushparajan University of Otago, New Zealand
14:45-15:00 Enriched biocompost production from sugarcane bagasse using biotechnological processes
Gholamreza Salehi Jouzani Agricultural
Biotechnology Research Institute of Iran, Iran
15:00-15:15 Molecular upgrading of the performance limits of bacterial sensors for the remote detection of buried explosive devices
Benjamin Shemer The Hebrew University, Israel O22-3
15:15-15:30 Estimation of methane emission in organic paddy fields using remote sensing indexes
Sununtha Kingpaiboon Khon Kaen University, Thailand
15:30-15:45 Assessing the microbiome dynamics in three photo-bioreactors established for coking
wastewater treatment: an orchestration between microalgae and bacterial communities
Miriam Hassan Cairo University, Egypt O22-5
15:45-16:00 A biorefinery approach for the conversion of forest wastes into polyhydroxyalkanoates
16:00-16:15 Bacterial exopolysaccharide: A smart biomaterial to address the heavy metal stress
Bhavana Mohite
North Maharashtra University,


Keynote Speaker: Jens Erik Nielsen


14:00-14:30 Molecular development for industrial biotechnology using data analysis, protein structures and small leaps of faith Jens Erik Nielsen Novozymes, Denmark O23-S
14:30-14:45 Enhanced soluble expression in Escherichia coli and miniaturized fed batch fermentation
screening platform
Johanna Jarmer Boehringer Ingelheim RCV GmbH & Co KG, Austria
14:45-15:00 Scaling down further: model-based scale-down studies in minibioreactors
Emmanuel Anane Technische Universität Berlin,
15:00-15:15 Production under the AOX1 promoter in methanol utilization negative Pichia pastoris: an efficient expression system for less intensive fermentation
Domen Zavec University of Natural Resources
and Life Sciences (BOKU), Austria
15:15-15:30 Alkaline protease production from newly isolated plant growth promoting rhizobacteria
Ana Torrejon-Caello AINIA, Spain O23-4


16.00 - 17.00

Plenary Lecture 6: Dynamic Control of Metabolic Flux for Pathway Engineering

17.00 - 17.30


17.00 - 17.10  Presidential closing and thank you  Mathias Uhlen  EFB President 
17.10 - 17.15  Abstract prize giving      
17.15 - 17.25  Maastricht 2020   Aldrik Velders 
ECB 2020 local host
17.25 - 17.30  Close by the local host   Gerrit Borchard   ECB 2018 local host