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UCL Biochemical Engineering receives share of £6.1 million to develop courses to teach the skills of the future

Over 30 universities and colleges in England have been awarded a share of £6.1 million by HEFCE to develop new and enhanced higher education courses. Working with employers, the projects will help provide the skills needed in the future economy and support the aims of the Industrial Strategy. UCL Biochemical Engineering has received £191,474 for a project titled “Enhancing productivity and supporting growth of the UK Advanced Therapies sector.”

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James Allen Appointed to BBSRC subgroup.

UCL Biochemical Engineering Postdoctoral Researcher James Allen has been appointed to The Bioscience skills and careers postdoctoral researchers subgroup (BBSRC), a subgroup to The Bioscience Skills and Careers Strategy Advisory Panel (BSC) that focuses on postdoc careers and development. This aims to complement the work being done by the departmental PDRA Forum. http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/skills/developing-careers/bioscience-skills-careers-postdoc-researcher-subgroup/

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Biochemical Engineering Undergraduates' winning poster going to parliament

The UCL Office of the Vice-Provost (Education and Student Affairs) competition for undergraduate research posters took place on Tuesday 30th January featuring several entries from Biochemical Engineering. We're very pleased to announce that a poster submitted by a team of our 2nd year students has been selected for presentation in parliament on the 20th of February. Their poster on the subject "Analysis of spent coffee grounds as a feasible feedstock to meet bioethanol production demands" won praise from the judges. Congratulations to Aoife Bye, Enya Gomes Clynch, Sofia Spassova and Douglas Head (left to right in photo) and good luck later this month!

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UCL Biochemical Engineering research on cover of Biotechnology & Bioengineering

Researchers at UCL Biochemical Engineering, led by Prof Nicolas Szita, together with Prof John Ward, and Prof Helen Hailes (UCL Chemistry), and in collaboration with researchers from the Instituto Superior Técnico, led by Prof Fernandes, present a microfluidic approach towards the automated and continuous synthesis of chiral amino alcohols from simple starting materials. The research was also part of an EU initial training network programme EuroMBR (European network for innovative microbioreactor applications in bioprocess development.

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Synthetic "virus" to kill bacteria

A synthetic ‘virus’ that kills bacteria on first contact has been developed by UCL Biochemical Engineering and National Physical Laboratory researchers (NPL).

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Professor Ward wins ERA-NET grant

John Ward, Professor of Synthetic Biology for Bioprocessing and leader of the Synthetic Biology MRes, has won a 3 year, £431k ERA-NET ‘Biotechnology for a Sustainable Bioeconomy’ grant. This is part of a larger £2.17m grant involving three academic partners (RU Darmstadt, IAC Catalonia, Universite Clermont Auvergne) and two industrial partners (Prozomix and BASF). The project, TRALAMINOL, aims to create an integrated reaction platform for the synthesis of multifunctional chiral building blocks.

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Bubbles in Medicine Stand at Science Spectacular Festival

As part of the Public Engagement module UCL Biochemical Engineering's Charnett Chau, Jas Kalayan, Maryam Hussain and Neil Forbes formed a group to run a stall at Manchester's Science Spectacular event in October

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Biochemical Engineering Graduate Georgina Hunter Joins WES Council

Georgina graduated from the Engineering (Biochemical) MEng in August of this year with a first class honours. We are very proud to be able to share the news that she has been elected to join the council of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES). WES was set up to support women engineers to achieve their potential, to encourage and promote the education of engineering and promote diversity and equality in the workplace.

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Welcome to New Administration Assistant Sandra Starosta

A warm welcome to Sandra Starosta who joins the professional services team on level 4 as the Administration Assistant. We look forward to working with Sandra and invite colleagues to introduce themselves when they're in the administration office.

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UCL Spin-out Puridify Bought by GE Healthcare

GE Healthcare has completed the acquisition of Puridify, a bioprocessing start-up that is developing a nanofiber-based platform purification technology for biopharmaceutical production. "The Puridify story started in 2008 with an engineering doctoral project (funded by the EPSRC CDT in Bioprocess Engineering Leadership) that was thought up by Prof Dan Bracewell (UCL Biochemical Engineering) and Prof Bob Stevens (STFC). The industrial applicability of the technology was intended from the outset and this supported the commercial opportunity which took its first steps with an initial patent filing in 2012…

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Kate Sym Appointed Departmental Manager for Biochemical Engineering

The UCL Department of Biochemical Engineering is pleased to announce that Kate Sym has been appointed to the post of Departmental Manager. Kate has been with the department for several years, first as DCT Manager, then as Targeted Healthcare Hub Manager. We wish Kate all the best in her new role.

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MEng Student Amandeep Varia on Placement at Eli Lilly Kinsale

On Thursday 16 November we held a virtual open day for prospective degree students here at The Department of Biochemical Engineering (see a recording of the event here). Qasim Rafiq was joined by current 2nd year BSc Bioprocessing of New Medicines programme, Student Karen and Communications and Outreach Coordinator Kim Morgan. Amandeep Varia (pictured above 2nd from right with other members of 2016 iGem team) joined online to talk about her placement and iGem. You can read a transcript of the interview below.

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Gloria Lam's Career Destination Report Published in IChemE Newsletter

Biochemical Engineering graduate Gloria Lam has been looking into where her cohort have gone onto since graduating two years ago. Gloria has used social media - FaceBook and LinkedIn - to contact the class of 2015 to find out where they are and what they've gone on to do. 

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Qasim Rafiq awarded part of £1.5m EPSRC New Industrial Systems grant

Dr Qasim Rafiq, Senior Lecturer in Bioprocessing of Regenerative, Cellular and Gene Therapy at The Department of Biochemical Engineering, together with collaborators at the Universities of Kent, Cambridge, Bath, UWE and Imperial has won a £1.5m EPSRC grant (£290k to UCL) entitled 'New Industrial Systems: Optimising Me Manufacturing Systems'. This aims to develop a proof-of-concept platform for the distributed manufacture of T-cell immunotherapies from a patient’s blood.

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Biochemical Engineering Students win prestigious Royal Commission for 1851 scholarships

Elsa Noaks and Shaun Mansfield both received a fellowship worth up to £80,000 to support the research, development and design of their projects. The Commission has supported them to help bring their technologies to commercialisation and make an impact on businesses and society. Originally set up by Prince Albert following the Great Exhibition of 1851, the Industrial Fellowships recognise the best research that could advance British industry and award them funds to bring them to market.

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Brenda Parker at New Scientist Live 2017

Lecturer in Biochemical Engineering at UCL, Dr Brenda Parker, was one of four speakers at the New Scientist Live at ExCeL London on Saturday 30 September. Brenda joined Alex Pearlman (King's College, London), Jenny Molloy (University of Cambridge) and Mark Roberts (Queen Mary University of London) on the Engineering stage to discuss DIY science – biohacking and community labs, in a talk organised by The Biochemical Society.

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