Industrial Biotechnology and Biorefining

Module Delivered at CPI, Wilton

Strengthen your knowledge and learn how to improve your biocatalytic processes

26-28 April 2016

This unique module will introduce options for integrating biocatalysis into chemical manufacturing processes, and also explore sucessful examples of biocatalyst design, process operation and biorefining for sustainable manufacturing.

In this module a series of lectures, problem solving case studies, and a practical workshop will provide close interaction with key academic and industrial speakers, enabling you to:

  • Strengthen your knowledge in biocatalysis, and whole biotransformation processes, from fermentation to product.
  • Understand the available chemistries in biocatalysis, and their use in industrial applications.
  • Evaluate biological engineering and reaction engineering options.
  • Explore the challenges and options for large scale biocatalysis/biorefining process development.

Who should attend?

This course is designed for all those involved in the development of industrial biotechnology including:

  • Process engineers
  • Biocatalyst developers and biologists
  • Chemists
  • Molecular Biologists
  • Microbiologists
  • Research managers
  • Consultants


Day 1

• Biorefining Principles and Challenges
• Principles of Fermentation for Biocatalysis
• Biocatalytic Reactor Design and Operation
• Successful and emerging enzyme chemistries
• Fundamentals of biocatalysis
• Tour of CPI facilities

Day 2

• Biocatalyst engineering by directed evolution
• High throughput fermentation and biocatalytic process development
• Enzyme immobilisation and kinetics
• Modelling tools to speed biocatalytic process design and optimisation
• Practical enzyme production

Day 3

• Process Development Case Study
• Practical Considerations in Biocatalytic Process Development
• Biorefining Principles and Challenges
• Practical Enzyme characterisation

Teaching Staff

Prof Paul Dalby, UCL - Module Leader
Dr Frank Baganz, UCL
Prof Gary Lye, UCL
Dan Noakes, CPI
Malcolm Lock, CPI
Dr Christopher Reeve, CPI
Jeremy Jentys, CPI

Module cost TBC.

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