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The EFB President, Executive Board and staff in the Barcelona Central Office wish all of our members every happiness in the festive season, and good health in 2017. We are especially grateful to our many Institutional Members for their support, which is essential for us to increase EFB activity and influence.

The Voice of Biotechnology in Europe

EFB Position Paper on Synthetic Biology

For the European Federation of Biotechnology (EFB) "Synthetic Biology" is not a new and emerging issue, rather it reflects a continuum of advances in biotechnology. The EFB strongly supports the EU aim to promote a knowledge-based bio-economy. We therefore urge European decision makers to provide a framework in which scientific developments, including applications of so-called Synthetic Biology, can flourish while addressing safety concerns for those cases where caution is justified.

EFB supports the commonly-held view that there is no need to develop a new regulatory framework for Synthetic Biology. In those cases where a product incorporating Synthetic Biology falls under the scope of the GMO legislation and/or the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, existing regulatory oversight is adequate for current and foreseeable Synthetic Biology applications.

Read the complete document following the link: EFB Position Paper on Synthetic Biology .


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Registration now open for meetings organised by the EFB

The EFB Polymer and Bioengineering and Bioprocessing Section (EBBS), and ACIB, have organised a joint conference on Designer Biology to be held in Vienna next June. For detailed information and to register for the meeting please follow the link: Designer Biology.

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Report of the 3rd EFB Applied Synthetic Biology Meeting

Meeting report: 3rd congress on applied synthetic biology in Europe
Costa da Caparica, Portugal, February 2016

In February 2016 the EFB Bioengineering and Bioprocessing Section and the Microbiology Physiology Section held their third joint meeting on advances in Applied Synthetic Biotechnology in Europe (ASBE) in Costa da Caparica, Protugal. Many novel applications were presented during the meeting. They included methods for the development of novel synthetic strains, new synthetic biological tools and synthetic biology applications. The meeting discussed themes such as the shortage of resources and the role of cutting-edge technologies and research in the world’s transition from an oil based economy to a bioeconomy.

The EFB Section on Bioengineering and Bioprocessing (EBBS) has published, a report regarding the main conclusions of this meeting in the EFB Journal New Biotechnology. We invite you to read it, following the link Meeting Report: 3rd congress on applied synthetic biology in Europe.

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Events organised by our EFB Institutional Members & Partners

Agilent 2100 Bioanalyzer System for Genome Editing Analysis

Automated electrophoresis with the Agilent 2100 Bioanalyzer System provides quick and easy sample analysis giving more time to focus on next experimental steps. With over 33,000 citations, this highly versatile instrument provides objective reproducible data from as little as 1 ul of sample. From evaluation of guide RNA synthesis, vector assembly, quality control in next generation sequencing, cleavage detection, to RNA monitoring for gene expression studies, as well as electrophoresis in protein functional studies, the 2100 Bioanalyzer system is a one stop box for many application needs.
Learn more from webinars, publications, and application notes at www.agilent.com/genomics/focused-data.

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SFAM: Vaccines & Synthetic Biology Meeting
25 January 2017. London, UK

The vaccine development process is decades old. It involves developing a non-pathogenic variant of the virus, propagating that new variant in cultured cells and harvesting them to produce the vaccine. An emerging alternative promises to change that traditional cycle: Synthetic biology.

This Society for Applied Microbiology meeting enables you to sample lectures from some of the world's leading experts in synthetic biology AND vaccines. Choose lectures on the topics that are applicable to your interests or sample ones from both. Either way - this meeting is not to be missed.

25 January 2017 Registration Starts at 11:30

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Biochemical Society: Read our 'Best of 2016' collection
Why not join your colleagues and submit to one of our journals in 2017!

A collection of the top cited research and review articles published across the Portland Press journal portfolio in the last 2 years. Portland Press is the wholly-owned trading subsidiary of the Biochemical Society. Because we gift our surplus back to the Society, publishing with us benefits science in more ways than one.

Other Biochemical Society Events & News:

Summer Vacation Studentships

Summer Vacation Studentships are available for stipends of £200 per week for 6-8 weeks, and up to £1,600 in total, to support an undergraduate student to carry out a summer lab placement. Apply online.

Organize a Training Event with the Biochemical Society

Share your skills and expertise to help support the next generation of biochemists, increase your visibility in the molecular bioscience community, gain valuable experience to support your career development and support your HEA Fellowship application by submitting a proposal to organize a training event with the Biochemical Society. 2017 proposal deadlines are 3 February, 2 May, 14 August and 6 November 2017.
For information and support contact training@biochemistry.org or visit www.biochemistry.org/training.aspx.

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New Approaches in Medicinal Chemistry II
1 February 2016. Windlesham, UK

This one day symposium is to be held at one of Eli Lilly's major research and development centres in Windlesham, aimed at introducing and reviewing a wide range of hot topics and approaches towards discovering the drugs of tomorrow. By bringing together speakers from the key global centres of excellence in drug discovery, the day has been designed to deliver what is current and of high interest to those pushing forward the frontiers of drug discovery.

Other SCI Events:

Industrial Biocatalysis for the Working Chemist
28 April 2016 London − UK

What Medicinal Chemists need to know about Biology
24 May 2017 London − UK

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EFB Events  

9th Conference on Recombinant Protein Production − RPP9
organised by EFB Microbial Physiology Section
23 − 25 April 2017
Dubrovnik − Croatia


Plant Biotechnology: Green for Good IV - G4G
organised by EFB Czech Republic RBO
19 − 22 June 2017
Olomouc − Czech Republic


Designer Biology Symposium
co-organised by EFB Polymer Biotechnology Section & Bioengineering and Bioprocessing Section
7 − 9 July 2017
Vienna − Austria

EFB Institutional Member’s Events

Persuasive Scientific Report Writing Course
organised by Royal Society of Biology
26 January 2017
London − UK


New Approaches in Medicinal Chemistry II
organised by SCI
1 February 2017
Windlesham − UK


A Practical Guide to Successfully Navigating the Patent System
organised by Royal Society of Biology
13 February 2017
London − UK


1st European Chemistry Partnering
organised by BCNP Consultants
16 February 2017
Frankfurt − Germany


Laboratory Health and Safety Training Course
organised by Royal Society of Biology
28 February 2017
Newcastle − UK


8th Alpbach Workshop on Affinity Proteomics
13 - 15 March 2017
Alpbach − Austria


Industrial Biocatalysis for the Working Chemist
organised by SCI
28 April 2017
London − UK


What Medicinal Chemists need to know about Biology
organised by SCI
24 May 2017
London − UK


BioTech 2017
co-organised by Czech Biotechnological Society & University of Chemistry and Technology Prague
13 - 17 June 2017
Prague − Czech Republic


organised by Targi w Krakowie
11 - 14 September 2017
Kraków − Poland


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