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Tackling the antimicrobial resistance crisis: what roles will regulation & innovation play?

Five of our UK Institutional Members staged a joint EFB public engagement event in London entitled "Tackling antimicrobial resistance crisis: what roles will regulation and innovation play?" The event was organised by the UK members of the European Federation of Biotechnology in association with the Learned Society Partnership on AMR. It was part of the Royal Society of Biology "Biology Week" and held in Charles Darwin House on Monday 10th October. Chaired by EFB Vice-President Jeff Cole, the expert panel included Tamar Ghosh, who is responsible for the delivery of the €11M Longitude Prize tackling antibiotic resistance; Mark Fielder, an advisor for the Clinical and Laboratory Sciences Institute and AMR expert; and John Broughall, from the charity Antibiotic Research UK. More than 30 members of the audience participated in the discussion that followed introductory statements by the panel members. Major conclusions included that there is an urgent need for far more rapid techniques to diagnose the source of an infection; mechanisms must be developed to motivate the pharmaceutical industry to produce new ranges of antibiotics or chemical antimicrobial compounds; and the public worldwide must be convinced that the provision of cheap antibiotics on demand is a major risk to their future use. Preventative use of antibiotics in agriculture is one of many factors that also drives the evolution of new resistance mechanisms.

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SfAM Antimicrobial Resistance Meeting - November 24, 2016

Finding solutions to a threat on worldwide public health. JOIN US at the next meeting on Antimicrobial Resistance organised by an EFB Institutional Member

In this one-day conference, we aim to explore the latest in tackling AMR with regards to the key points of the 2014 Review on Antimicrobial Resistance. We'll be looking at infection control, improved diagnostics and the development of new and novel compounds to address the evident "discovery void" when it comes to antimicrobials.


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9th International Conference on Recombinant Protein Production

The 9th International Conference on Recombinant Protein Production will take place from 23-25th of April, 2017 in Dubrovnik, Croatia. This meeting is organised by the University of Groningen and the Austrian Centre of Industrial Biotechnology on behalf of the Microbial Physiology Section of the European Federation of Biotechnology.

The RPP conference series aims at offering a comprehensive overview of current challenges and innovative solutions in recombinant protein production across different cell factories. Special attention is attributed to the comparative physiology of microbial and higher eukaryotic platforms for protein production. For more information, please visit the conference website http://www.rpp2017.eu.

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G4G IV: Biotechnology of Plant Products

Registration and abstract submission now open!

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Events organised by our EFB Institutional Members & Partners

BioTech 2017

BioTech 2017 and 7th Czech-Swiss Symposium with exhibition will cover all important aspects of advanced biotechnologies. The main scope of the symposium is to promote the exchange of information among academic and industrial researchers regarding technologies utilizing life-based systems to produce useful products and services. Lectures will be organized in following sessions: Medical and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, Microalgae Biotechnology, Environmental Biotechnology, Food and Agriculture Biotechnology, Biorefinery and Industrial Biotechnology.

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Free to attend – Biochemical Society Award Lectures

This award, generously supported by AstraZeneca, is made every 3 years in recognition of outstanding work which, through biomedical advances, leads to development of a new reagent or method. The AstraZeneca Award Lecture will be presented by Professor Dame Carol Robinson on "Mass Spectrometry - from individual proteins to membrane assemblies" 17 October 2016, Charles Darwin House, London.

Professor Charles Swanton, 2016 recipient of the Biochemical Society GlaxoSmithKline Award will present his free lecture on 17 November 2016, Charles Darwin House, London, UK. The award is given in recognition of research leading to new advances in medical science. Find out more.

Other Biochemical Society Events & News:

Apply for a Diversity in Science Grant
The Biochemical Society Diversity in Science Grants scheme provides grants of up to £500 to support and address issues relating to diversity in science. Apply online by 31 October 2016.

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Bioplastics and bio-based chemicals: An industrial perspective

Join SCI's Biotechnology Group for a lecture which will explore the market for bioplastics and bio-based chemicals in the UK and from an international perspective. There will be a focus on "Industrial Biotechnology" and how the next generation of platform chemicals and materials will be derived from bio-based inputs and will rest on the industrialisation of biology through the use of synthetic biology coupled with traditional chemical approaches.  The speaker will examine the UK's position on these technologies and  will discuss the technical and commercial drivers for success in the market drawing on 10 years of experience of running a bioplastics technology business.

Other SCI Events:

Young Chemist in Industry 2016
10 November 2016 London − UK

Plugging the Antibiotics Gap: A Medicinal Chemist's Perspective
16 November 2016 Cheshire − 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


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


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

EFB Institutional Member’s Events

Taming Plant Viruses − Fundamental Biology to Bionanotechnology
organised by Biochemical Society
8 − 10 November 2016
Pitlochry − UK


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


De−Mystifying X−ray Data Processing in Macromolecular Crystallography
organised by Biochemical Society
14 − 16 November 2016
London − UK


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


GlaxoSmithKline Award Lecture
organised by Biochemical Society
17 November 2016
London − UK


9th UK GAP Junction Meeting
organised by Biochemical Society
12 December 2016
Coventry − UK


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


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