Protein Engineering Congress USA 2021 | Kisaco Research

Bringing forward the latest innovations in strain, enzyme, and protein engineering to drive more sustainable processes, higher selectivity, and synthesis of valuable intermediates for industrial applications

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VIRTUAL CONGRESS | PDT Timezone
8-9 September, 2021

Bringing to light new biocatalysts and molecules not found in nature for industrial applications. With the emergence of new techniques and methods to reconstruct and engineer enzymes, it is more exciting than ever to be working in the field of protein engineering, bringing to light new biocatalysts and molecules not found in nature for industrial applications.

“The global enzymes market was valued at $7,082 million in 2017, and is projected to reach $10,519 million in 2024, registering a CAGR of 5.7% from 2018 to 2024.”

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What’s happening in 2021

Virtual series:

Are you interested knowing the questions on how to achieving scalable enzymatic processes in industry,  how to improve your protein design through AI/ML models, how to develop novel mutant libraries and what the role directed evolution within food and beverage market within Japan? Then you can find all the answers through our online series through March, May and July. Are you looking for one place to find the right enzyme(s) or industry biocatalyst lead? Then join our connect sessions which will facilitate protein engineering matchmaking opportunities across multiple industries.

 

The main event:

We will be returning with live events in sept 8-9th in the US and November 23-24th in Europe to discuss the late development within directed evolution, computational protein design & AI, synthetic and white biotechnology, and real-world applications of engineered enzymes relevant. Bringing together 300+ attendees to within pharmaceutical, flavour & fragrance, fine chemical, agrochemical, and food industries.

Advisory Board

Each of our Advisory Board members have been chosen based on numerous recommendations, their deep knowledge and Industry experience and ability to provide a clear vision, not just for their own organizations, but for the industry as a whole.

WHY THEY ARE HERE

Board members guide not just content, but also the underlying mission of the events to drive positive change.

Author:

Jared Dennis

Senior Team Leader, Molecular Biology & Evolution Technologies
BASF

As a Senior Team Leader, Jared's primary role at BASF Enzymes LLC is to develop and implement robust platforms for enzyme discovery, evolution, and bioresources management. This includes integrating laboratory automation, digital workflow tracking, and state of the art molecular biology technologies with the design-build-test-learn framework for the optimization of commercial enzymes. BASF Enzymes develops, produces, and markets a diverse portfolio of enzymes products used in animal nutrition, baked goods, bioenergy, home care and industrial and institutional solutions as well as pulp and paper and oilfield solutions.

"We are currently in an unprecedented era in which we can design, engineer, and evaluate enzymes at will, bound only by the limits of our creativity.  By intelligently surveying these vast genetic landscapes we have the exciting opportunity to unlock sustainable solutions to a variety of global industrial challenges."

Author:

Juan E. Velasquez

Group Scientist
Procter & Gamble Company

Juan E. Velasquez is currently a Group Scientist at the Corporate R&D Organization of The Procter & Gamble Company in Cincinnati, Ohio (USA). Since joining P&G in 2011, his research has focused on the discovery and development of novel enzymes and other biomaterials and their application in consumer products.

“Enzymatic technologies have transformed the detergents industry by enabling superior, quicker, and environmentally friendlier cleaning solutions. But the journey just started. The rapidly evolving techniques on enzyme engineering will continue accelerating innovation and improving the lives of consumers for generations.”

Author:

Julien Hitce

Team Leader, Process Development & Innovation
L'Oréal

Julien Hitce, graduated in France from “Chimie Paris” in 2004, with a Master's degree in Chemical Science. He started his journey into Green Chemistry with his PhD (2004-2007), focused on the development of new methodologies and synthetic applications featuring transition-metal catalyzed transformations, especially C–H activation.

After a postdoctoral stay at Stanford (USA), in the B.M. Trost research group, focused on the development of a novel, enantioselective, atom-economical transformation, he joined L’OREAL Research & Innovation in 2009.

He is currently heading a research group dedicated to the development of new cosmetic ingredients, leveraging the potential of Green Chemistry and innovative transformation technologies for skincare and make-up applications.

 

Research interests:

- Design and synthesis of novel cosmetic ingredients for skin- and hair-care, with a major focus on Color, Optics and UV-protection

- Green Chemistry with a focus on transformations and processes that straightforwardly generate structural complexity/diversity and added-value from renewable building-blocks

- Process development toward industrialization with a focus on limiting the environmental impact of the process.

“Biocatalysis has emerged as a powerful route toward products that combine both performance and sustainability. And new developments will bring new opportunities: a great promise for green synthesis!”

Author:

Reinhard Sterner

Professor of Biochemistry
University of Regensburg

Reinhard Sterner studied Biology (Diploma) at the University of Munich (Germany) from where he graduated in 1988. He performed his doctoral studies at the same university and obtained a PhD in 1991 under the supervision of Prof. Heinz Decker. He then moved on to the Biocentre of the University of Basel (Switzerland) where he worked as a postdoctoral fellow with Prof. Kasper Kirschner and completed his Habilitation in Biochemistry in 1996. Reinhard Sterner was then awarded a Heisenberg fellowship from the German Research foundation (DFG), which enabled him in 1997 to set up a junior research group at the University of Göttingen (Germany). In 1999, he was appointed associate professor of Biochemistry at the University of Cologne (Germany). In 2004, he relocated to the University of Regensburg (Germany) where he has been working since then as a full professor of Biochemistry. The main research interests of Prof. Sterner are enzyme engineering, enzyme evolution, and the structure-function relationship of multi-enzyme complexes.

"The engineering of existing enzymes and the design of novel enzymes with a preconceived combination of stability and activity is a highly ambitious and relevant goal of protein biochemistry. Our ability to generate such tailored enzymes would have great implications for our understanding of the structure-function relationship of proteins and holds promise for many medical and biotechnological applications."

Why Attend

Most enzymes found in nature are not suitable for industrial purposes. The ability to design, engineer and modify biocatalysts has opened the doors to entirely new enzymatic applications, and the need to optimize reactions and embrace green chemistry globally is greater than ever.

The Protein Engineering Global series is dedicated to uncovering the new and emerging practices, techniques, and methods of protein and enzyme engineering across industries.

With pharmaceutical, flavour & fragrance, consumer goods, food & beverage and agrochemical sectors all approaching the design, build and generation of new biocatalysts and molecules not found in nature, come and learn from our leading speaker faculty to find out how new technologies are being used in the field of strain and protein engineering.

Join the community and you'll be able to; improve your ability to industrialise sustainable enzyme products, increase your product pipeline, increase product efficiency and increase differentiation by meeting the experts in the biocatalysis and protein engineering space.

This is not your average protein engineering series...it's about industry, sharing knowledge, finding the right enzyme provider and optimising your protein engineering method for the best outcomes.

Our 2020 Speakers

 

Frances Arnold

Linus Pauling Professor, Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering & Biochemistry
California Institute of Technology

Frances Arnold’s work has been recognised by many awards including the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for pioneering the use of directed evolution to engineer enzymes.  Arnold is co-inventor on over 40 US patents. Throughout her esteemed career and many achievements, Frances Arnold co-founded Gevo, Inc a company to make fuels and chemicals from renewable resources in 2005. She has been on the corporate board of the genomics company Illumina Inc since 2016 and in 2019, she was named to the board of Alphabet Inc., making Arnold the third female director of the Google parent company.

Frances Arnold

Linus Pauling Professor, Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering & Biochemistry
California Institute of Technology

Frances Arnold

Linus Pauling Professor, Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering & Biochemistry
California Institute of Technology

Frances Arnold’s work has been recognised by many awards including the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for pioneering the use of directed evolution to engineer enzymes.  Arnold is co-inventor on over 40 US patents. Throughout her esteemed career and many achievements, Frances Arnold co-founded Gevo, Inc a company to make fuels and chemicals from renewable resources in 2005. She has been on the corporate board of the genomics company Illumina Inc since 2016 and in 2019, she was named to the board of Alphabet Inc., making Arnold the third female director of the Google parent company.

At Caltech, Arnold runs a laboratory that continues to study directed evolution and its applications in environmentally friendly chemical synthesis and green/alternative energy, including the development of highly active enzymes (cellulolytic and biosynthetic enzymes) and microorganisms to convert renewable biomass to fuels and chemicals.

 

Andrew Buller

Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry
UW-Madison

Andrew Buller

Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry
UW-Madison

Andrew Buller

Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry
UW-Madison
 

Hans Renata

Assistant Professor, Chemistry
Scripps Research, Florida Campus

Hans Renata

Assistant Professor, Chemistry
Scripps Research, Florida Campus

Hans Renata

Assistant Professor, Chemistry
Scripps Research, Florida Campus
 

Jared Lewis

Associate Professor of Chemistry
Indiana University

Jared Lewis

Associate Professor of Chemistry
Indiana University

Jared Lewis

Associate Professor of Chemistry
Indiana University
 

Jeremy Steflik

Senior Scientist, Process Development
Pfizer, Inc

Jeremy Steflik

Senior Scientist, Process Development
Pfizer, Inc

Jeremy Steflik

Senior Scientist, Process Development
Pfizer, Inc
 

Joelle Pelletier

Adjunct Professor, Biochemistry
Université de Montréal

Joelle Pelletier

Adjunct Professor, Biochemistry
Université de Montréal

Joelle Pelletier

Adjunct Professor, Biochemistry
Université de Montréal
 

Justin Siegel

Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry
UC Davis

Justin Siegel

Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry
UC Davis

Justin Siegel

Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry
UC Davis
 

Lori Giver

Vice President, R&D
Calysta

Lori Giver

Vice President, R&D
Calysta

Lori Giver

Vice President, R&D
Calysta
 

Jim Lalonde

Lead, Microbial Digital Genome Engineering Business & Portfolio Strategy
Inscripta

Jim Lalonde

Lead, Microbial Digital Genome Engineering Business & Portfolio Strategy
Inscripta

Jim Lalonde

Lead, Microbial Digital Genome Engineering Business & Portfolio Strategy
Inscripta
 

Maria Lucas

CEO
Zymvol

Maria Lucas

CEO
Zymvol

Maria Lucas

CEO
Zymvol
 

Richard Fox

Executive Director, Data Science
Inscripta

Richard Fox

Executive Director, Data Science
Inscripta

Richard Fox

Executive Director, Data Science
Inscripta
 

Rudi Fasan

Professor of Chemistry
Rochester University

Rudi Fasan

Professor of Chemistry
Rochester University

Rudi Fasan

Professor of Chemistry
Rochester University
 

Ryan Phelan

Senior Scientist, Process R&D, Biocatalysis
AbbVie

Ryan Phelan

Senior Scientist, Process R&D, Biocatalysis
AbbVie

Ryan Phelan

Senior Scientist, Process R&D, Biocatalysis
AbbVie
 

Stefan Lutz

Senior Vice President, Research
Codexis

Stefan Lutz

Senior Vice President, Research
Codexis

Stefan Lutz

Senior Vice President, Research
Codexis
 

Todd Hyster

Assistant Professor, Chemistry
Princeton University

Todd Hyster

Assistant Professor, Chemistry
Princeton University

Todd Hyster

Assistant Professor, Chemistry
Princeton University
 

Trish Choudhary

Senior Director, Strain Engineering
Willow Biosciences

Trish Choudhary

Senior Director, Strain Engineering
Willow Biosciences

Trish Choudhary

Senior Director, Strain Engineering
Willow Biosciences
 

Yasuhisa Asano

Head, Enzyme Chemistry Laboratory
Toyama Prefectural University, Japan

Yasuhisa Asano

Head, Enzyme Chemistry Laboratory
Toyama Prefectural University, Japan

Yasuhisa Asano

Head, Enzyme Chemistry Laboratory
Toyama Prefectural University, Japan
 

John Tucker

Senior Director
Neurocrine Biosciences

John Tucker

Senior Director
Neurocrine Biosciences

John Tucker

Senior Director
Neurocrine Biosciences
 

Toby Richardson

CEO
Denovium

Toby Richardson

CEO
Denovium

Toby Richardson

CEO
Denovium
 

Christina Boville

CEO
AralezBio

Christina Boville

CEO
AralezBio

Christina Boville

CEO
AralezBio
 

David Entwistle

Head of Process Chemistry
Codexis

David Entwistle

Head of Process Chemistry
Codexis

David Entwistle

Head of Process Chemistry
Codexis
 

Dr Christian Gruber

CEO
Innophore GmbH

Dr Christian Gruber

CEO
Innophore GmbH

Dr Christian Gruber

CEO
Innophore GmbH

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