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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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IChemE BESIG YRM & Novel Technologies MeetingICIChemE Special Interest Group Young Researcher’s Meeting

Professor Martina Micheletti, Dr Alex Kiparissides and Dr Qasim Rafiq (on behalf of the IChemE Fluid Mixing and Biochemical Engineering SIGs) have organised an exciting 2 days event on 12-13th September at UCL. The first day is a series of technical oral presentations focusing on Novel Technologies in Bioprocessing and ending with a poster session during a wine reception. Day 2 on Wednesday is focused on Young Researchers talks and careers direction.

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Start: Sep 12, 2017 9:00:00 AM
End: Sep 13, 2017 5:00:00 PM

Mark Carver to join UCL Biochemical Engineering as Visiting Professor

Dr Mark Carver is a senior and highly respected figure in the UK bioindustry sector. He has been a strong supporter of the UCL Department of Biochemical Engineering throughput his career in terms of providing advice on our research and educational activities, contributing expert lectures and directly supporting doctoral research programmes. He made a very strong contribution to developing our recently awarded EPSRC Manufacturing Hub in Targeted Healthcare and was the industrial representative on the interview panel.

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Inspiring Budding Engineers: Fiona Truscott hosts LIYSF at Biochemical Engineering

A group from the London International Youth Science Forum (LYISF) visited The Department of Biochemical Engineering at UCL to spend some time with Dr Fiona Truscott using some of the robotic systems to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. As part of Fiona’s work she is an active partner with UCL Engineering facilitating outreach activities to school students particularly with an emphasis on reaching underserved student potential students groups in engineering.  

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Victor Diran Joins The Department of Biochemical Engineering

The Department of Biochemical Engineering is pleased to welcome a new team member: Victor Diran joins us as the CDT Manager & Postgraduate Programme Manager, taking over from Kate Sym who is now the Targeted Healthcare Hub Manager. Victor joins us from the UCL School of Pharmacy, where he worked for over five years in a similar capacity. We wish Victor all the best and look forward to working with him.

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3M in collaborative project with Dan Bracewell

3M has commissioned experts at UCL  to conduct in-depth research into the performance of its Emphaze AEX Hybrid Purifier. The project will examine how the science-based technology company’s product can be used to enhance continuous processing within the biotechnology industry.

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Dan Bracewell and Tarit Mukhopadhyay win £1.3m RCUK Grant

Prof Daniel Bracewell and Dr Tarit Mukhopadhyay, member of the team in the UCL Department of Biochemical Engineering, have won £1.3M as part of a £4.6M grant from the RCUK Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) together with collaborators at the University of Kent, The London School of Hygiene Tropical Medicine, Imperial College London and Thai partners. The four year project aims to establish biopharmaceutical and animal vaccine production capacity in Thailand and neighbouring South East Asian countries.

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Vaccines development and manufacture – a forward look at the Innovation Landscape for the UK

This event, in partnership with KTN, will take place on the 6th September in London. The aim of the meeting is to bring together the vaccine development and manufacturing community in human health in the UK, to learn about the latest innovative technologies, hear about current UK capabilities and DoH investments to date, the work of the UK Vaccine network and also potentially future opportunities for funding through mechanisms such as the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

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Start: Sep 6, 2017 9:00:00 AM
End: Sep 6, 2017 5:00:00 PM

Ribia Garcia Arrazola wins IEP Teaching Excellence Award

The UCL Engineering Integrated Engineering Programme (that includes the BEng Biochemical Engineering and MEng Biochemical Engineering degrees) celebrated another successful year of teaching on Wednesday 12 July by recognising the achievement of Postgraduate Teaching Assistants in 4 categories. We’re very pleased to announce that Ribia Garcia Arrazola won the award for Best Assessment and Feedback. Other Biochemical Engineering team members nominated were Charnett Chau (left): Best Student Engagement) and Chika (Mauryn) Nweke (right): Best Leadership and Best Student Engagement. 

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Ideas to Impact: Transforming Research Outcomes into Engagement with Business

The Biochemical Engineering Departments career development program recently delivered a 3 day workshop on creating entrepreneurial researchers. This bespoke 3 day workshop, ran on 14 June – 16 June 2017, was created in collaboration with the UCL School of Management. The primary objectives were to deliver the specific set of skills and knowledge (rather than a full spectrum business course) that would be most useful to research staff when creating and developing an entrepreneurial mind-set, and to instil confidence and understanding of the language of business.

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Arran Finlan Wins Best Poster Prize at ISAP 2017

Arran writes "The ISAP (International Society for Applied Phycology, https://isap2017.sciencesconf.org/) conference in Nantes from the 18th-23rd June was all about microalgae and macroalgae. There were lots of presentations each day on the research being done in phycology. There were 4 main categories for the talks; biology, application, process and industry.

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Dr Ivan Wall Made Reader in Cell & Gene Therapy Bioprocessing

Professor Gary Lye, Head of Department, says “This promotion reflects not only Ivan’s internationally recognised role in the field but also the work he has done in leading the successful Regenerative Medicine IEP Minor and being the faculty lead for the new Medical Sciences and Engineering degree programme that starts in the Autumn.”

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