Stuart is presently a Senior Principle Scientist at LEO-Pharma A/S, Denmark. Stuart holds a BSc in biochemistry (Manchester University UK, 1990), and an MSc and PhD in Biochemical Engineering (University of Birmingham UK, 1997). As research fellow at Birmingham, he was the first to measure the mechanical breaking forces of actinomycetes (1997-2000). In 2001 he & his family moved to Denmark when he started as a fermentation scientist in Novozymes’ fermentation pilot plant. After 15 years and dozens of collaborations and interactions on product intros, supporting new business activities, and collaborating on projects with academic partners, Stuart was Senior Technology Specialist. During this time Stuart also assisted with organising conferences, became an Editor at Biotechnology Letters, has 25 publications, holds 2 patents, supervised many students and given several lectures. He was also influential in the creation of the company, Freesense(.dk). Stuart is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers, is a Chartered Engineer, and also has a role as Visiting Professor of Industrial Microbiology at Aston University, UK.
Recent Advances in Fermentation Technology (RAFT) 2015 planning is underway and the program will be exciting again this year. The conference location is moving slightly north this year as we will be in Clearwater Beach, Florida at the Hilton Clearwater Beach Hotel, November 8 to 11, 2015. The world of fermentation is massive not only in the number of organisms that are used but also in the variety of products produced and RAFT 2015 will address topics that are as varied as fermentation itself. The program will be of interest to anyone that is involved in fermentation whether in the industrial/biochemical space or in the biopharmaceutical space early stage or late stage/commercialization. The topics will include everything from Scale-up and Commercial Opportunities and Challenges- First Principles to Synthetic Biology and Quality by Design and New Technologies. The session organizers also come from a wide variety of companies and backgrounds such as GlaxoSmithKline, Genentech, Novozymes, Dow AgroSciences, NREL, to name a few. Please revisit the RAFT 2015 webpage, for new information about the conference as well as opportunities to participate as an organizer, a presenter, and/or an attendee. I look forward to seeing past and new participants of RAFT in sunny Florida in November! Tiffany D. Rau Contact Tiffany 2015 RAFT Program Chair