Microbial Engineering

A New ECI Conference

March 4-8, 2018
Hyatt Regency Tamaya
Santa Ana Pueblo (near Albuquerque), New Mexico, USA

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About this Conference

Advances in synthetic biology and metabolic engineering have created many new opportunities for using microbes as hosts. It has become possible to make entirely new products or to radically improve processes for making existing products not only in terms of increased production but also the enhanced quality of the outcome.

This conference will highlight the cell and process engineering required to create these new microbes and will illustrate the benefits and challenges using Case Studies. We will learn about progress from various fields, including:

  • Vaccines
  • Primary Metabolites
  • Secondary Metabolites
  • Therapeutic Proteins
  • Biofuels
  • Biopolymers

The Case Studies will further provide the opportunity to illustrate the integration of various activities such as analytics, downstream purification, scale-up, and high throughput screening in order to achieve successful commercialization.

Keynote Speakers (confirmed)

John Aunins (CTO, Seres Therapeutics)
“Development of Live Bacterial Therapeutics”

Jay Keasling (University of California-Berkeley)
“Synthetic Biology for Synthetic Chemistry”

Chris Love (Koch Institute at MIT)
“Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals in the Age of Acceleration”

Hari Pujar (Moderna)
“mRNA Vaccines and Therapeutics: On the Progress from Promise to Reality”

Christina Smolke (Antheia)
“Replacing Plants with Microbes”

Jim Swartz (Stanford University)
“Opening Microbial Cells Expands Their Capabilities”

Emerging Program (November 2, 2017)

Advances in synthetic biology and metabolic engineering have created many new opportunities for using microbes as hosts. It has become possible to make entirely new products or to radically improve processes for making existing products, not only in terms of increased production but also the enhanced quality of the outcome. Our goal is to highlight recent advances in Synthetic Biology and Metabolic Engineering as well as to address the challenges for successful commercialization. These challenges include Development  and Scale-up of Fermentations, development of streamlined purification processes and rapid analytics combined with sophisticated process control.


Session Chairs: Barry Buckland (UCL) and Tiffany Rau  (BioProcess Technology Consultants (BPTC))

Invited Speakers:

Kerry Love (MIT): Rational design of expression vectors for high quality biologics

Russell Coleman (Pfenex Inc.) A Pseudomonas fluorescens based platform for
robust vaccine manufacturing

Our ability to develop targeted antigens in microbial hosts effective as vaccines steadily increases as our knowledge of biology increases.  At the same time due to increase travel, population density and climate change we see an increase in emerging disease threats to our health.  Many opportunities exist for the application of microbial hosts to make carbohydrates, proteins, DNA and RNA.


Session Chairs: Brigitte Gasser (BOKU, Austria) and Arindam Bose (Previously Pfizer)

Invited Speakers:

Shawn Jones (White Dog Labs): Improving biochemical yields with Mixoferm

Brian F. Pfleger (University of Wisconsin-Madison): Metabolic engineering strategies for producingoleochemicals in bacteria


Session Chairs: Yi Tang (UCLA) and Beth Junker (Bioprocess Advantage)

Invited Speakers:

Ben Shen (Scripps, Florida): (TBA)

Scott Doncaster (Biovectra):  Scale up of low producing potent secondary metabolites

Natural Products such as antibiotics have been a main building block in the pharmaceutical industry for many decades. This continues with the demonstrated ability to develop much more efficient microbial based processes for manufacture of drugs such as artemesin for malaria and also opiates for pain treatment. Whole new metabolic pathways can be created using modern biology tools and this opens up many possibilities.


Session Chairs: Karen Polizzi (Imperial College), Eli Keshavarz-Moore (UCL), and Michael Hohn  (Merck)

Invited Speakers:

Neil Dixon (Manchester):  Matching secretion capacity via translation control

Tony Hitchcock (Cobra Bio): (TBA)

Many therapeutic proteins traditionally consist of a mixture of glycoforms. This has been a barrier for using microbial hosts but can also be viewed as an advantage. A microbial host can be used to make a specific glycoform without the presence of less biologically active glycoforms. Also, speed can be much faster with a microbial host compared to traditional animal cell culture hosts.


Session Chairs: Behnam Taidi (CentraleSupelec) and Joel Cherry (Amyris)

Invited Speakers:

Jeff Lievense (Genomatica):  The development of 1,4-butandiol at Genomatica

Behnam Taidi (CentraleSupelec):  The circular bio economy and the concept of biorefinery

Joel Cherry (Amyris):  Automating Bioengineering: first the hands, then the head

We can project many potential answers to our challenge of providing energy without burning fossil fuels by switching to renewable sources for making electricity. However, for air travel, we need a renewable source of biofuel to replace the current fossil fuel based supply.

With advances in synthetic biology and metabolic engineering, we are seeing a vast number of opportunities to manufacture useful polymers in a more sustainable way. Some examples will be given in this session.

Conference Organization


Prof. Eli Keshavarz-Moore , University College London, England
Dr. Barry Buckland, BiologicB, USA

Organizing Committee:

Arindam Bose (Previously Pfizer, now Consultant), USA
Tim Charlebois (Pfizer) USA
Brigitte Gasser  (BOKU) Austria
Akshay Goel (Biologic E) India
Peter Gray  (AIBN, University of Queensland) Australia
Wayne Herber  (Assembly Biosciences), USA
Beth Junker (BioProcess Advantage LLC), USA
Chris Love (Koch Institute at MIT), USA
Gargi Maheshwari (Merck), USA
Gautam Nayar  (BMS), USA
Darren Nesbeth (University College London), UK
Karen Polizzi (IC), UK
Tiffany Rau  (BioProcess Technology Consultants (BPTC)), USA
Natarajan Sethuraman (Previously GlycoFi ; now Consultant), USA
Daniel Smith  (Cobra Biologics), UK
Jim Swartz  (Stanford University), USA
Behnam Taidi  (CentraleSupélec), France

Poster Co-Chairs:

Darren Nesbeth (UCL)
Stefanie Frank (UCL)

Abstract Submission

One-page abstracts should be submitted as soon as possible and no later than the deadlines noted below.  The abstract should include both the significance of the research as well as results that will be discussed to allow a scientific assessment of the work by the organizers. Please indicate the session for which you are submitting your abstract and whether the abstract should be considered for an oral or poster presentation. Only a limited number of oral presentation slots are available.  Thus all submissions for oral presentations will be considered for both oral and poster.

Deadline for abstracts for oral presentations:                     December 31, 2017
Deadline for abstracts for poster presentations:                December 31, 2017

Please prepared your abstract according to this template: docx or doc.

All abstracts should be submitted electronically and submissions must follow the template provided at this link.

There will be a poster competition for the Best Student Poster and Best Overall Poster.  More details will be announced.


Sponsorship Levels

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Conference Venue

Nestled in the cottonwood forest on the banks of the Rio Grande, this uniquely New Mexican hotel is located on 500 acres of the Santa Ana Pueblo in central New Mexico; 25 minutes north of the Albuquerque International Airport and 45 minutes south of historic Santa Fe. It was created by the Santa Ana Pueblo Indians to showcase their ancient culture and traditions.

Situated at the base of the Sandia Mountains in New Mexico, the Hyatt Regency Tamaya is a unique destination unlike anything you have probably experienced before.  It combines the beauty and culture of the Southwest with convenience to the Albuquerque Airport.   The hotel has spacious pueblo-style guestrooms, outdoor pools and a golf course surrounded by breathtaking mountain vistas.  Hot air balloon rides with soaring views of these sacred lands are a very popular activity for hotel guests.

The hotel has 350 guestrooms (including 158 kings and 169 queen-doubles).  Each room has a private balcony or patio.  The pueblo-style room accommodations showcase traditional New Mexico designs as they were created with natural materials. Every guest room includes a spacious work area with enhanced lighting and complimentary Wi-Fi. The in-room safes accommodate laptop computers.  Rooms also have bathrobes, in-room refrigerator and coffee-maker, and climate control. Laundry and dry cleaning are available.  The hotel facilities also include a Hyatt Stayfit fitness center,

Albuquerque Information A to Z


Albuquerque International Airport, ABQ, is very close to Albuquerque itself, about 5 miles (8 km).  It is 26 miles (43 km) from the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa.  Slightly further away is the Santa Fe Airport, SAF, 42 miles (70 km).  Driving directions from either airport.

Albuqerque Airport Car Rentals           From the Albuquerque airport to hotel–Sunport Shuttle.                         Ground transportation at the Albuquerque airport.

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