Cell Culture Engineering XVII

An ECI Continuing Series

April 26-May 1, 2020
JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort
Tucson, Arizona, USA

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Call for Abstracts!

Deadlines for Abstract Submission:  Oral:  Oct. 15; Poster:  Nov. 15, 2019

Call for Nominations for the 2020 Cell Culture Engineering Award

Call for Nominations for the Martin Sinacore Outstanding Young Investigator Award

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About This Conference

Since 1988, the Cell Culture Engineering conferences have been held bi-annually and have developed into the leading global venue for the academic, industrial and regulatory communities for intensive interactions and debates to create solutions for improving human health and life by enabling rapid development and high quality manufacturing of an ever increasing number of viral vaccines, cell and gene therapies, recombinant proteins and monoclonal antibodies. The 2020 conference, the 17th conference in this highly successful series, will be held at the beautiful mountain desert resort, J.W Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort and Spa, in Tucson Arizona. 

This Cell Culture Engineering XVII conference will bring together over 400 selected participants from top academic, industrial and governmental groups from all over the world. We will celebrate the tradition of high quality and relevant accomplishments and debate future solutions in the area of animal cell culture science and engineering. Consistent with this excellent tradition, the scientific program will consist of invited and solicited oral presentations, extensive poster sessions, and workshops. Future updates to this website will detail the scientific program topics and call for oral and poster presentation abstract submissions.

Link to most recent past conference (2018).

Session Descrlptions

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Early Careers Pre-Conference

Mission: To develop early careers in cell culture by offering perspectives, empowering connections and engaging minds


Ioscani Jiménez del Val, Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering, University College Dublin

Amanda M. Lewis, BioProcess Technology, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Devens, MA

Join us for a new, special preconference in advance of Cell Culture Engineering XVII focused on early-career investigators in our field.  Selected attendees will arrive one day early (Saturday afternoon) and participate in activities focused on industrial and academic career development within the cell culture sector. Planned activities include:

  • Crash course lectures in key, technical topics faced by the industry today
  • Workshops focused on successful interviewing skills, securing academic research funding and establishing collaborative research programs
  • Q&A panel with industry and academic leaders focused on work-life balance

As a small group, we will have the opportunity to dig deeply into these aspects and how they relate to the early years of one’s career within the cell culture community.

On Sunday afternoon, we will transition into the main conference with a selection of rapid-fire poster highlights on the main podium, followed by a fun, mixer activity leading up to the CCEXVII opening keynote talk.

Please indicate your interest in attending the  Early Careers Preconference during the CCEXVII abstract submission process. Attendance is by invitation only, and preference will be given to attendees who meet the guidelines outlined below.  Participants who do not meet all of the criteria may be invited pending space availability.  Please note that attendees must receive an invitation to the CCEXVII meeting to be considered for the Early Careers Preconference.

Attendance Guidelines:

Industry participants: PhD with 0-3 years’ experience, BS/MS with 0-6 years’ experience

Academic participants: Untenured faculty, post-docs, and students with 3+ years in grad school

Important additional information:

  • We are currently raising funds to support the ECP and aim to defray any additional costs to session participants.
  • If your company is interested in sponsoring the ECP, please contact the CCEXVII Chairs.

Keynote Speakers:

Leroy E. Hood, MD, Phd, Senior Vice President & Chief Science Officer, Providence Health and Services; Chief Strategy Officer, Co-Founder, & Professor, Institute for Systems Biology.

Dr. Hood has been a pillar in the biotechnology field for many decades.  Early in his career at Caltech, he and his colleagues developed the DNA gene sequencer and synthesizer, and the protein synthesizer and sequencer – four instruments that paved the way for the successful mapping and understanding of the human genome.  Dr. Hood has played a role in founding fifteen biotechnology companies, including Amgen, Applied Biosystems, Integrated Diagnostics and Arivale.  He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine.  In 2013 he received the National Medal of Science from President Obama.     Website          Biography 

Guangping Gao, PhD,  Professor Department of Microbiology and Physiological Systems, Director Gene Therapy Center & Viral Vector Core, University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Dr. Gao is an internationally recognized gene therapy researcher who has played a key role in the discovery and characterization of new family of adeno-associated virus (AAV) serotypes, which was instrumental in reviving the gene therapy field, hugely impacting many currently untreatable human diseases.    Website

Michael Kamarck, PhD, Chief Technology Officer, Vir Biotechnology

Michael Kamarck is Chief Technology Officer at Vir. Previously, he was senior vice president of Global Vaccines and Biologics Manufacturing and president of Merck BioVentures where he was responsible for the establishment of Merck’s global biosimilars business.   Website

Conference Organization


Tim Charlebois, Pfizer (cce2020chairs@gmail.com)
Jamey Young, Vanderbilt University (cce2020chairs@gmail.com)
Gargi Maheshwari, Merck (cce2020chairs@gmail.com)

Messages to the Chairs regarding this conference should be sent to:


Abstract Submission

Deadline for Oral Abstracts:  October 15, 2019

Deadline for Poster Abstracts:  November 15, 2019

Please use THIS LINK to submit your abstract.

Printable Version of session descriptions.

Major Sponsors

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Sponsorship Opportunities

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Cell Culture Engineering Award

Guidelines for the 2020

Cell Culture Engineering Award



The Cell Culture Engineering (CCE) Award recognizes an outstanding contributor to the field of Cell Culture Technology & Engineering. Past recipients include Wei-Shou Hu, Terry Papoutsakis, Rob Arathoon, Martin Fussenegger, Michael Betenbaugh, James Piret, Jeffrey Chalmers, Konstantin Konstantinov, and William Miller.

The award nominations will be judged according to the criteria set forth in this document.


For each conference, an award of cash and a commemorative plaque will be presented to the recipient at the conference.   Engineering Conferences International (ECI) sponsors this award.


This Award is open to all researchers in the cell culture field. The award recipient is expected to register for and attend the conference.


A committee established by ECI will evaluate the nominations and make the final decision.


The committee will judge the nominations on the originality and overall quality of work, significance to the advancement of the Cell Culture Engineering field, and other supporting information in the nomination package.


(all documents should have 1 inch margins and font no smaller than Arial 10 or Times 12 point)

The nomination package must consist of the following:

  1.         A nomination cover sheet;
  2. A nomination letter of no more than 3 pages including a description of the nominee’s contributions;
  3. A resume including publications by the nominee; and,
  4. A maximum of three supporting letters from individuals in the field

The nomination cover sheet should contain the following information if not already included in resume:

1) Name of nominee
2) Present position (exact title)
3) Mailing address (including telephone and email)

4) Education:

5)  Positions held:

6)  Academic and professional honors and awards

7)  Technical and professional society memberships and offices held

8)  Nominator’s name and address (including telephone and email)

9)  Nominator’s signature and date

Please submit the complete nomination package (including scanned, signed letters of support) in an electronic form as a single pdf file with the name of the nominee,

Emailed single pdf file nomination packages are due January 29, 2020 to:

Prof. James Piret, Chair of the CCE Award Committee
Michael Smith Laboratories – 2185 East Mall
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, B.C., Canada  V6T 1Z4
James.piret@ubc.ca          1-604-822-5835

Martin Sinacore Award

Martin Sinacore Outstanding Young Investigator Award

Engineering Conferences International and Biogen are pleased to announce that nominations for the Martin Sinacore Outstanding Young Investigator Award are now open.  The award recipient will be a promising young scientist whose work shows exceptional promise in the field of Bioprocessing.  The award encompasses a financial award to cover the conference registration fee for the 2020 Cell Culture Engineering Conference and the opportunity to present their research at the conference.

Marty’s career in the biotechnology industry spanned over 25 years and included time at Karyon Technology, Genetics Institute, Wyeth BioPharma and Biogen.   Over the years, Marty established himself as a thought leader in the industry and a champion of constantly innovating and adopting new technologies to facilitate the delivery of life changing medicines to patients.   Marty’s influence can also be seen in the numerous junior scientists who have trained and grown under his guidance.

This award was first presented at the Cell Culture Engineering Conference at Quebec City in May 2014.  Previous winners are Colin Clarke (Dublin City University), Corrine Hoesli (McGill University), Huong Le (Amgen) and Amanda Lewis (Bristol-Myers Squibb).

Eligibility:  Any graduate student or post-doc is eligible, as is any researcher with fewer than 5 years of industrial or academic experience.  Individuals who meet these criteria are invited to submit:

  • an abstract to be considered for presentation at the 2020 Cell Culture Engineering Conference,
  • curriculum vitae
  • and two supporting letters of recommendation.

Submission of Nominations: Nominations will be accepted from September 1, 2019 through January 15, 2020.  The abstract should be submitted through the normal ECI procedure but a copy of it should accompany the curriculum vita and letters of recommendation.  Please email to:

barbara@engconfintl.org – subject line should read: Martin Sinacore Award Nomination for (name of nominee)

Conference Venue

Tucson, Arizona:  Located in the heart of the Sonoran Desert in southern Arizona, the Tucson area has been inhabited for more than 4,000 years.  Although the city of Tucson wasn’t officially founded until 1775, the Tohono O’odham Nation and the Pascua Yaqui Tribe have occupied the region for centuries.  The metro area is at an elevation of 2,643 feet, surrounded by five mountain ranges. Tucson, which boasts of 350 days of sunshine each year, was chosen as the first UNESCO City of Gastronomy in the United States.

Tucson boasts two James Beard award-winning restaurants, multiple taco trucks, a wide variety of international restaurants, and incredible Mexican food.  It was selected for the UNESCO designation because of the region’s rich agricultural heritage, thriving food traditions, and culinary distinctiveness.  Tucson dining is a unique experience, one that reflects the culture of the Sonoran Desert.

Although Tucson’s fantastic weather, national parks and forests and desert provide the perfect environment for a wide variety of outdoor recreational activities, this city of half a million people also has its share of history and culture. Tucson has turn-of-the-century architecture, historic neighborhoods, museums and the Mission San Xavier del Bac, a still-functioning 18th-century mission considered one of the most beautiful in the U.S.  Mexican and Native American influences are pervasive, and the city has a distinctly Western flavor.  There is also a college-town atmosphere, thanks to the University of Arizona, which has its own share of museums and a science center.

Major Attractions

The New York Times featured Tucson in September 2018 in their Travel Section.

Tucson Tourism offers a free printed copy of the Tucson Official Travel Guide.  Allow 6-8 weeks for delivery.  To view the guide online, click on Visit Tucson: Official Travel Guide.

Conference Fees and Registration

Coming soon!

General Information about ECI

Engineering Conferences International (ECI) is a global engineering conferences program, originally established in 1962, that provides opportunities for the exploration of problems and issues of concern to engineers and scientists from many disciplines.

The format of the weeklong research conference provides morning and late afternoon or evening sessions in which major presentations are made. Available time is included during the afternoons for ad hoc meetings, informal discussions, and/or recreation. This format is designed to enhance rapport among participants and promote dialogue on the development of the meeting. We believe that the conferences have been instrumental in generating ideas and disseminating information to a greater extent than is possible through more conventional forums.

All participants are expected both to attend the entire conference and to contribute actively to the discussions. The recording of lectures and presentations is forbidden. As ECI conferences take place in an informal atmosphere, casual clothing is the usual attire.

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