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Schweizerischer Koordinationsausschuss für Biotechnologie
Swiss Coordination Commitee for Biotechnology (SCCB)
Comité de coordination suisse de biotechnologie (CCSB)

1st Japan-Switzerland-Germany Workshop for Enzyme Technology and Bioprocess Development

Novel Enzymes 2018



 9 – 12 October 2018 – Darmstadt, Germany

Biocatalysis is a Key Enabling Technology to address the multiple challenges lying ahead of us on the path towards a sustainable and energy-efficient economy. In order to shorten development timelines for innovative biocatalytic processes in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, Novel Enzymes are in strong demand to accelerate the translation of academic results into value creation.

The 6th international conference on Novel Enzymes aims to provide a forum for the presentation of the most exciting advances and new findings in our understanding of enzymes. The conference is a continuation of the conference series on Novel Enzymes, of which previous meetings were held in Ghent 2014, and in Groningen 2016.

The goal of the current conference is to provide an overview on recent developments and future perspectives on enzymology research. Emphasis will be given to discovery of new enzymes, engineering approaches (including novel assays), and newly developed enzyme applications. This conference is designed to create a stimulating atmosphere for sharing cross-disciplinary scientific results required for the development
of next-generation biocatalytic synthesis of valuable chemical products.

The 6th International Conference on Novel Enzymes will take place on 9-12 October 2018 in Darmstadt, Germany. Topics are the discovery, mechanisms, engineering and application of novel enzymes. For more detailed information please visit the conference website at 

European-Asian Symposium on Applied Biocatalysis 2018



2nd EFB-AFOB Joint Symposium on Applied Biocatalysis       1 July 2018, International Conference Center Geneva(CICG)

Geneva, Switzerland




Scientific Committee: Ikuro Abe, Japan; Yan Feng, China; Vladimir Kren, Czech Republic; Jennifer Littlechild, UK; Sung-Chyr Lin, Taiwan; Pierre Monsan, France; Teruyuki Nagamune, Japan; Makoto Nishiyama, Japan; Vladimir Popov, Russia; Roland Wohlgemuth, Switzerland


Session I


Location: Room 3 (level 0)

Chairs: Jennifer Littlechild, Makoto Nishiyama

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12:30-12:50 Pierre Monsan, INRA Toulouse and TWB, France

Sweet Enzymes


12:50-13:05 Tim Börner, Nestle, Switzerland

Discovery and development of novel glucanotransferases for healthier foods


13:05-13:25 Yan Feng, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

Molecular evolution for biocatalysis and synthetic biology


13:25-13:40 Steven Hanlon, Roche, Switzerland

From lab to large scale – Industrial biocatalysis from an SIBC perspective


13:40-14:00 Ikuro Abe, The University of Tokyo, Japan

Structure-guided Engineering of Multifunctional Oxygenases in Complex Natural Products Biosynthesis




Session 2


Location: Room 3 (level 0)

Chairs: Pierre Monsan, Yan Feng

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14:30-14:50 Jennifer Littlechild, University of Exeter, UK

SAT2-1 Thermophilic enzymes for Synthetic Biology in vivo and in vitro cascades


14:50-15:05 Sung-Chyr Lin, National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan

The development of supports for protein purification and enzyme immobilization


15:05-15:25 Francisc Peter, Polytechnic University of Timisoara, Romania

Green Synthesis of biobased copolymers


15:25-15:40 Laurent Daviet, Firmenich SA , Switzerland

Biotechnology in the production and discovery of flavor and fragrance ingredients


15:40-16:00 Makoto Nishiyama, The University of Tokyo, Japan

Amino group carrier protein, a new platform in primary and secondary metabolite biosynthesis


European-Asian Workshop on Bioeconomy

EFB-AFOB Workshop on Bioeconomy,  2 July 2018

International Conference Center Geneva (CICG)

Geneva, Switzerland


Chairs:   Prof. Dr. Satyahari Dey, India and Prof. Dr. Roland Wohlgemuth, Switzerland


17.30- 17.55 Dr. Alfredo Aguilar, Chairman EFB Task Group Bioeconomy, Brussels, Belgium

Title: Bioeconomies: common objectives, different approaches

17.55 – 18.20 Prof. Dr. Satyahari Dey, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India

Title: Asian Bioeconomy

18.20 – 18.40 Dr. I-Ping Lin, Challenge Bioproducts Co. Ltd, Taiwan

Title: Challenges of Advanced Bio-Product Development in a SME

18.40 – 19.00  Prof. Dr. Tomasz Twardowski, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poznan, Poland

Title: Towards circular bioeconomy

ECB 2018

Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the EFB at ECB2018 on 1-4 July 2018 in Geneva.

The first European Congress of Biotechnology in Interlaken, Switzerland, in 1978 marked the inauguration of the European Federation of Biotechnology (EFB).  In 2018, we are delighted to welcome you back to Switzerland to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the longest running biotechnology congress in Europe.  Between Lake Geneva and surrounding mountains, ECB2018 will be held in the beautiful and vibrant city of Geneva.

EFB began as a rather small group of working parties from different European countries.  Their interests ranged from fermentation technology to the public perception of biotechnology, applied microbiology and genetics, applied biocatalysis, downstream processing and measurement and control. Forty years later, EFB is now open to all who share our mission of promoting the safe, sustainable and ethical use of biological systems for the benefit of mankind. The current 30,000 personal members, who span the world from Latin America to China, Korea and Japan, is also a reflection of the success of recent EFB congresses.

Join us in Geneva in July 2018 to present your most recent work, discuss with your colleagues and celebrate. For more detailed information please visit the conference website at

ProtStab 2018


The 12th International Conference on Protein Stabilization (ProtStab2018) will be held on the 16-18th May 2018, in Vilnius (Lithuania) at the Life Sciences Center of Vilnius University. ProtStab2018 is organized by the Lithuanian Biotechnology Association (LBTA) and Vilnius University (VU) with the European Section of Applied Biocatalysis (ESAB) of the European Federation of Biotechnology (EFB). More details can be found at The conference will cover the topics of methologies to increase protein stability, medical aspects of protein stability, enzymes from extremophiles and enzyme stabilisation for industrial processes.

Conference venue: Life Sciences Center

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For more information please visit the conference website at

2nd CCBIO Symposium on Industrial Biocatalysis, June 7th, 2018, Wädenswil

The 2nd CCBIO Symposium will feature cutting edge topics in the field of biocatalysis, from enzyme discovery, optimization and computational design, to bioprocess engineering strategies and successful biocatalytic examples from industry.  The meeting will again provide a platform for scientific knowledge transfer and dialog for participants from industry and academia in this expanding field and give an update about the current activities of the Competence Center for Biocatalysis (CCBIO).



4th Multistep Enzyme Catalyzed Processes Congress (MECP18) on 19-22 March 2018 in Trondheim, Norway 

Nobel Laureate Distinguished Professor Arieh Warshel will give the opening lecture of the conference. Exciting  lectures on the state of the art will be presented on Bioinformatics and Modelling, Systems Biocatalysis, Interfacing Chemical and Enzymatic Steps, Retrosynthesis, Novel Biosynthetic Pathways, Cell-free versus Whole Cell Systems, Process Intensification and Scaling and Industrial Applications.

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BIOTRANS2015 26-30 August 2015 Vienna, Austria The 12th Biotrans Conference will be held on August 26 – 30, 2015, at Vienna University of Technology. This series of meetings has been initiated in 1993 in Graz, a city in the South of Austria, and since then developed to a true European event organized every two years, which is now returning to Austria. The 12th Biotrans covers all aspects of biocatalysis with special focus on enzyme mediated cascade reactions, enzyme discovery, bioinformatics, systems bio(techno)logy, protein engineering by directed evolution and/or rational design, enzyme immobilisation, process development and scale-up as well as manufacturing of chemical products using biocatalysis.


10th International Congress on Extremophiles 7-11 September 2014 Saint Petersburg, Russia The Program of Extremophiles’2014 will include the lectures of the most distinguished scientists working in the field of diversity, metabolism, genetics, biopolymers and biotechnology of extremophilic prokaryotes.


7th International Congress on Biocatalysis Hamburg University of Technology August 31 - September 4, 2014


16th European Congress on Biotechnology (ECB16) 13-16 July 2014 Edinburgh, Scotland The European Congress on Biotechnology is the leading conference for academic and industrial biotechnologists in Europe organised by the European Federation of Biotechnology. The 16th bi-annual event will take place in the beautiful and historic city of Edinburgh, Scotland. The scientific programme is being designed to cover a multitude of sections of biotechnology, including environmental and green biotechnology, microbial physiology, microbial synthetic and systems biology, applied biocatalysis, including industrial systems and synthetic biology, industrial biotechnology, biochemical engineering and medical biotechnology.


10th International Conference on Protein Stabilisation 7-9 May 2014 Stresa (Lake Maggiore) Conference Topics: Folding, stability and aggregation , Bioinformatics, Advanced methods of analysis, Methods to improve stability and solubility, Supports and reaction media, Stability towards industrial application


7-10 April 2014 Madrid, Spain The 3rd Multistep Enzyme Catalyzed Processes Congress (MECP14) that will be held during 7-10 April 2014, in Madrid, Spain. MECP14 will be hosted by the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) under the auspices of ESAB and of the Spanish Society of Biotechnology (SEBiot). This conference aims to cover the broad field of multienzyme systems from the “simplest”’ system in which one or a few isolated enzymes are used alone or in combination with non-enzyme-catalyzed steps, to the most “complex” system in which artificial pathways are created or even whole cells are modified to be used as synthetic. The first MECP edition was held in 2006 in Graz and was organized jointly by the Applied Biocatalysis Research Centre at Graz and the European Federation of Biotechnology Section of Applied Biocatalysis (ESAB). It was necessary wait until 2012 for the second edition that was also held in Graz. This 3rd edition is intended to be the one that consolidates this conference as a biannual meeting.

2nd Applied Synthetic Biology in Europe

2nd Applied Synthetic Biology in Europe 25-27 November 2013 The first successfull meeting revealed that there are no rigid lines of division between synthetic biology, metabolic engineering and systems biology, all of which are relevant at the frontiers of bioprocessing, biochemical engineering, medical biotechnology and the biopharmaceutical industries. The second meeting will cover all aspects including plant synthetic biology, but inevitably with a strong emphasis on microbial synthetic biology. The deadline for abstract submission is 11 october 2013.


European Symposium on Biopolymers - ESBP2013 in Lisbon, Portugal, on the 7-9 of October, 2013 ESBP is the most important European conference on biopolymers, an area where the significant R&D investment made in recent years is leading to significant advances in new products and applications, contributing substantially towards the sustainability of the polymer industry. This event, supported by the European Federation of Biotechnology, will bring together scientists, researchers and national and international industrial professionals to present and discuss the most recent advances in the area of biopolymers, as well as the main challenges and opportunities on-going within the industry.

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