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Speakers announced for scale-up, robotics and automation workshops, 24 & 25 Feb, Manchester

By Caroline Channing

We are pleased to announce that we have a great programme of speakers lined up for the two KTN, Innovate UK and Dstl organised workshops that are being held at the Manchester Institue of Biotechnology on consecutive days. 

You are welcome to attend one or both of these events depending on your interest. Please note that you will need to register for both events separately.

 

Synthetic biology for more effective scale-up  - 24 Feb 2016, Manchester

Synthetic biology research is conducted at small scale in laboratory conditions. These conditions may not be ideal for subsequent scale-up for commercialization. Chassis selection, media feed stocks and down-stream processes suitable for the laboratory may not be suitable in a production setting. As such, considerations of scale-up must be built in to early stage research to avoid problems, which may impede translation or affect profitability.

This workshop aims to address the knowledge gap between many synthetic biology researchers and the bioprocessing communities.  The specific objectives are to:

  • Identify common challenges for scale up of synthetic biology products and how these challenges have been addressed in other similar fields;
  • Identify areas for consideration in the research phase to accelerate or facilitate translation;
  • Support new collaborations between UK synthetic biology researchers and bioprocessing technologists

Speakers confirmed to date include:

  • Prof. Petra Oyston, Dstl
  • Dr Steve Chambers, CEO-SynbiCITE
  • Dr Sean Ward, Synthace
  • Dr Karen Polizzi, Imperial College London
  • Dr Mark Stockdale, Horizon Discovery
  • Prof. John Ward, UCL
  • Dr Robin Mitra, Centre for Process Innovation
  • Dr Richard Alldread, Centre for Process Innovation
  • Dr Chris Jones, Innovate UK



Automation and robotics for synthetic biology - 25 Feb 2016, Manchester

The availability of synthetic genes at commodity prices and the possibility of automated (potentially remotely operated laboratories) will be key drivers for synthetic biology over the next three years. This, coupled with innovations in miniaturisation, standardisation and metrology, will realise the vision of taking experimental sciences into the design-test-build era freeing up scientists for creative thinking and design rather than repetitive lab work.The robotics required by synthetic biology are of modest sophistication, but there is a need for simple, easy to use and cost effective off-the-shelf solutions that can be easily integrated as part of an engineering workflow.

This workshop aims to address the knowledge gap between many synthetic biology researchers and the automation and robotics communities.  The specific objectives are to:

  • Identify common challenges for automation and robotics integration into synthetic biology projects and how these challenges have been addressed in other similar fields;
  • Identify areas of added value for automation and robotics and new disruptive technologies that could have a long-term impact on the field;
  • Support new collaborations between UK synthetic biology researchers and providers of automation and robotics, and suggest potential ways forward for KTN and Innovate UK.

Speakers confirmed to date include:

  • Prof. Richard Kitney, Imperial College London
  • Prof. Alistair Elfick, University of Edinburgh
  • Prof. Ross King, University of Manchester 
  • Dr Andy Boyce, KTN
Lightening talks (5 - 10 minute talks):
  • Ben Bradley, Chain biotech
  • Yizhi Cai, Edinburgh Genome Foundry
  • Debra Conway, cybio ne ltd
  • P Courtney, Sartorius
  • Vishwesh Kuilkarni, University of Warwick
  • Adam A Stokes, University of Edinburgh
  • Sean Ward, Synthace Ltd

 

 

 

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