Calendar of Events

38th International Symposium on the Purification of Proteins, Peptides and Polynucleotides (ISPPP)
Nov 04, 2018 - Nov 07, 2018 , Berlin, Germany

IMTB 2019
May 19, 2019 - May 22, 2019 , Cavtat, Croatia

Sep 15, 2019 - Sep 19, 2019 , Florence, Italy

ESBES – ACS BIOT collaboration

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Topic for 2nd Competition
The 2nd ESBES-BIOT Biotechnical Design Competition topic has been chosen, and it is: "Human Mesenchymal Stem Cells for Clinical Applications".

Team Formation
Team formation begins on Feb 1, 2018 for the 2nd ESBES-BIOT Design Competition (please spread the word to your fellow graduate students!). The first step in team formation is to post your CV or bio as soon as possible, to advertise your skills and that you looking for a team, on the competition Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/271786583176635/).

Please see the description of the competition rules and structure.


Please watch this video:

It describes the Finals event for the recently concluded 1st ESBES-BIOT design competition and it also provides important information for the upcoming 2nd competition. 


The first annual Biotechnical Design Competition is organised by the European Society for Biochemical Engineering Sciences (ESBES) in cooperation with the American Chemical Society's Biochemical Technology Division (ACS-BIOT).

The competition this year will allow master and postgraduate students from the United States and Europe to work together on a current problem facing the Biopharmaceutical industry. The solutions will be judged by a panel of faculty and industrial scientists, and the top three teams will present their solutions at the September 2017 ESBES meeting in Barcelona, Spain.

Six teams, composed of three graduate students each, recently submitted their reports for this first competition. Seven of the eighteen participating students were from the USA, and six countries were represented in total. The names of the three Finalist teams will be announced at the upcoming ACS meeting in San Francisco. These three teams will receive support to travel to the 2017 ESBES meeting in Barcelona Spain to compete in a "Finals" competition. We would like to recognize all of the eighteen graduate students who worked so hard on their projects and were the "pioneers" for this first annual competition.

Students who participated in the 1st (2017) BIOT-ESBES Biotechnical Design Contest

Team 2

Maria João Jacinto, IST Portugal
Kelsey O’Donell, Villanova University, USA
Abhinav Jain, Tulane University, USA

Team 4

Ruchir Ravindra - Technical University of Dortmund, Germany
Victor Koppejan, TU Delft, the Netherlands
Marieke Klijn, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

Team 5

Jhuwala Venkatakrishnan from University of Cincinnati
Klaus Pellicer Alborch from TU Berlin
Nuria Abajo Lima from Cardiff University

Team 7

Matthew Tucker - Villanova University, USA
Fatumina Lopez- UCL, UK
Neyha Jaykar - Technical University Dortmund, Germany

Team 8

Chad Greco, University of Delaware (UD), USA
Fabian Feidl, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Ricardo Suarez-Heredia, UCL, United Kingdom

Team 10

Mengyuan Zheng, Tulane University, USA
Zhao Li, Pennsylvania State University, USA
Anshul Sharma, Univeristy College London, UK

Would you like to find out the final outcome? Then please join us in Barcelona for the awards presentations.


Press release: ACS - BIOT collaboration (April 2014)

After several years of fruitful collaboration, ESBES and ACS BIOT mutual collaboration status has been confirmed officially by both organizations. BIOT and ESBES align well in their focus in bringing biochemical expert from both academia and industry together to discuss highest level research, development and innovation. The agreement between BIOT and ESBES allows for each organization to have “affiliate” status with the other (host) organization. This affiliate status is established to increase the degree of collaboration between the two organizations who share common interests with respect to biotechnology and biochemical engineering at both sides of the Atlantic (US & Europe).

The affiliate organizations have representatives to serve on the organizing committee for the annual technical conference of the host organization (BIOT symposium at the ACS Annual Meetings and the alternating bi-annual ESBES and ECAB conferences, contributing to technical programming of the mutual conferences. This official collaboration additionally allows affiliate organizations to have a cross-promotional partnership to advertise their upcoming annual technical meetings on the host website as well as at the host’s annual technical conference. 

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