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The EFB would like to thank all participants, members of the organising committee, invited speakers, exhibitors, sponsors and partners of the European Congress on Biotechnology − ECB2016. The success of this meeting would not have been possible without your support.

ECB2016 was held on 3 - 6 July, in Krakow (Poland). It attracted almost 900 participants, more than 30 Invited Speakers, 170 short talks, and almost 450 poster presentations. We will continue to provide a forum to facilitate dialogue between scientists, promoting the safe, sustainable and beneficial use of biotechnology. We would like to invite you to attend the next European Congress on Biotechnology − ECB2018, to be held in Geneva (Switzerland) from 1 − 4 July 2018.

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Wiley Free Collection on CRISPR/Cas9.

We thank Wiley for supporting the European Congress on Biotechnology (ECB2016)
Wiley has prepared a free collection on CRISPR/Cas9 for you to enjoy.
To read this free collection please click here

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Tribute to the previous EFB President and Vice−President.

Em. Prof. Marc Van Montagu

Prof. Brian Clark

During the President's Dinner in Krakow, EFB President Mathias Uhlen paid tribute to his predecessor, Mark van Montagu, who had helped steer the Federation through 9 difficult years.
Tributes were also paid to Brian Clark, former Vice−President who sadly died soon after the Edinburgh Congress. Brian's many contributions to biotechnology and molecular biology will be highlighted later this year in a special Thematic Issue of the EFB Journal, New Biotechnology.
The President also thanked Patrick Schnable, Emmanuelle Charpentier, Tai Hyun Park, Luke Alphey and Jens Nielsen for five excellent plenary lectures; and the 30 keynote invited speakers who had opened the 25 symposia and various highlight events that formed the backbone of the Congress.


Events organised by our EFB Institutional Members & Partners

Eppendorf On−Demand Webinar:
Optimizing a Biosimilar Production Process

The global market for biosimilars is expected to reach US$25 bn by 2020, when more than ten global blockbuster biopharmaceuticals, with sales of more than US$67 bn, will be off-patent. Many of these drugs are human or humanized monoclonal antibodies (hMAbs).
In this webinar, now available on demand, we presented and discussed experimental results from collaboration with TPG Biologics, Inc. The company has developed a suspension Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cell line that expresses an hMAb which is a potential biosimilar to a blockbuster cancer therapeutic.
To watch the webinar please click here

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Royal Society of Biology Training Events

The Royal Society of Biology’s training programme is expanding. More courses are being developed than ever before and we are honouring our commitment to offer staggeringly low member rates, with discounts of up to 50%.
From enthusiastic biologists to high level professionals, there are courses to suit all interests and competencies. The aim is to promote interest in biology as well as enable individuals to continue their professional development (CPD). Upcoming courses include: Project Management, Laboratory Leadership, Navigating the Patent System, Scientific Report Writing, Skills for Multidisciplinary Working and Collaboration, and many more. For a full list of our upcoming courses, including further information and registration details, please see our website.

Other Royal Society of Biology News:

Opportunity to engage with 500+ Bioscience Undergrads
Sponsorship packages are available for the Royal Society of Biology Bioscience Careers Festival in October. Please contact Dan Rowson for information

Amateur biology photography competition
closing date for all submissions is 31 August 2016

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Editor-in-Chief appointed for Neuronal Signaling

Aideen Sullivan, Professor of Neuroscience at University College Cork (UCC), Ireland, has been appointed as Editor−in−Chief of the Biochemical Society's new open access journal, Neuronal Signaling. You can submit your next paper to the journal here.
The Open Access fee will be waived for the first 50 accepted papers.

Other Biochemical Society Events:

Synthetic Biology UK 2016
14−16 November 2016. Edinburgh − UK

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Innovation in Design, Supply and Acquisition for Compound Screening Libraries
14 September 2016

Innovation in Design, Supply and Acquisition for Compound Screening Libraries, seeks to inform and create a dynamic environment for discussion around this important topic. In this ever evolving area, it is critical to understand the current design and selection methods of compound screening libraries, along with the range of available business models. The conference should appeal to medicinal chemists, synthetic chemists, computational chemists and compound management teams from industry and academia involved in library design and acquisition along with those involved in hit and lead generation primarily in drug discovery and agrochemistry. Presentations from industry, academia and commercial compound vendors will include talks on computational design, focused library sets for phenotypic screening, 3-d fragment libraries, attention to physicochemical properties, opportunities from advances in synthetic organic chemistry as well as the compound acquisition market place. In addition there will be ample opportunities for discussion and networking whilst browsing trade stands from the leading suppliers.

Other SCI Events:

A Celebration of Organic Chemistry 2016
19 − 20 September 2016. Berkshire − UK

Are Neonicotinoids Killing Bees?
22 September 2016. London − UK

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EFB Events  

9th International Conference on Fiber and Polymer Biotechnology
co-organised by EFB Polymer Biotechnology Section
7 − 9 September 2016
Osaka − Japan


3rd European Meeting of the International Society for Microbial Electrochemistry and Technology
co-organised by EFB Environmental Biotechnology Section
26 − 28 September 2016
Rome − Italy


5th International Conference on Novel Enzymes
organised by EFB Section on Applied Biocatalysis ESAB
11 − 14 October 2016
Groningen − The Netherlands


2nd International Conference on Post−Translational Modifications in Bacteria
organised by EFB Functional Genomics Section
19 − 20 October 2016
Lyon − France


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


Designer Biology Symposium
organised by EFB Polymer Biotechnology Section
7 − 9 July 2017
Vienna − Austria


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

EFB Institutional Member’s Events

41th FEBS Congress
co-organised by Biochemical Society
3 - 8 September 2016
Ephesus - Turkey


Pseudoenzymes 2016 – Nobel Prize Winner Sir Paul Nurse announced as speaker
organised by Biochemical Society
11 - 14 September 2016
Liverpool − UK


European Biotech Week
organised by Europabio
26 September - 2 October 2016
Across Europe


De−Mystifying X−ray Data Processing in Macromolecular Crystallography
organised by Biochemical Society
14 - 15 November 2016
London − UK


Synthetic Biology UK 2016
organised by Biochemical Society
14 - 16 November 2016
Edinburgh − UK


European Summit of Industrial Biotechnology - ESIB 2016
organised by the Austrian Center of Industrial Biotechnology - ACIB
14 - 16 November 2016
Graz − Austria


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