Microbial Cell Factories Webinar Series


Biological Principles to Commercial Products

11th March, 25th March & 8th April, 17:00-19:00 CET


The Horizon 2020 Industrial Biotechnology Projects TOPCAPI and CHASSY are co-organising a webinar series that will be relevant to academic and industrial participants with an interest in designing and building microbial cell factories that will function at scale.

The series will focus on microbial cell factory development from concept to commercial development and all stages in-between. The aim is to provide a holistic overview of the challenges, approaches and opportunities at the different technology levels. Experts from academia and industry will share their knowledge on in silico design and reprogramming of microbial strains (11th March), on strain engineering approaches to build cell factories (25th March), and on compound analysis and transferring technology to commercial scale (8th April).

Webinars will be introduced by project co-ordinators Prof. Eriko Takano (University of Manchester, UK) and Prof. John Morrissey (University College Cork, Ireland) and feature a keynote lecture and project case-studies. Registration is free and individual for each webinar. 


Webinar 1 - Design  |  11th March  |  16:00 - 18:00 GMT / 16:00 – 18:00 BST / 17:00 – 19:00 CET
Keynote: Prof. Jean-Loup Faulon - Design Automation Workflows for Synthetic Biology and Metabolic Engineering: The Galaxy-SynBioCAD Portal
First speaker: Prof. Rainer Breitling (TOPCAPI) Computational Approaches for Synthetic Biology: The TOPCAPI Contribution
Second speaker: Iván Domenzain (CHASSY) Learning from enzyme limitations to improve in silico strain design
Webinar 2 - Build (Engineering)  |  25th March  |  16:00 - 18:00 GMT / 16:00 – 18:00 BST / 17:00 – 19:00 CET
Keynote: Prof. Huimin ZhaoMetabolic Engineering via an Automated Biofoundry
First speaker: Dr. Mislav Oreb (CHASSY) Engineering yeast cell factories for production of fatty acid-based molecules
Second speaker: Dr. Oksana Bilyk (TOPCAPI) Actinomycetes as a heterologous host for peptide antibiotic production
Webinar 3 - Validation (Scale-up)  |  8th April  |  15:00 – 17:00 GMT / 16:00 – 18:00 BST / 17:00 – 19:00 CEST
Keynote: Dr. Sophie RoelantsFrom lab to market: scale up hurdles and how to overcome them
First speaker: Dr. Olga Genilloud (TOPCAPI) Application of compound analytics at validation stage
Second speaker: Paolo Corvo (CHASSY) Sunliquid technology: commercial readiness of a carbon neutral cellulosic platform