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22 05, 2017

Student Poster Presentation Awards

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Congratulations to the winners for the 2017 SBFC Student Poster Presentation Awards and thank you to all the students who participated and presented their posters.

Applied Category Winner

Jennifer Nill, University of California-Davis
Mechanistic modelling of enzymatic saccharification of cellulose

Fundamental Category Winner

Anahata Bharadwaj, Penn State University
Effect of cotreatment (mechanical disruption) on microbial consortia involved in anaerobic digestion of lignocellulosic biomass

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27 04, 2017

Diversity Award Winners 2017

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The SIMB Diversity Travel Award has been established to promote diversity and to increase the participation of underrepresented minority groups in the Society of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology (SIMB) amongst the graduate students making presentations at any SIMB-sponsored meeting.

Emma Brace – Purdue University

Emma Brace is a Ph.D. student in Agricultural & Biological Engineering and graduate assistant in the Laboratory of Renewable Resources Engineering at Purdue University. She completed her M.S. in ABE at Purdue and B.S. in Biological Systems Engineering at Kansas State University. Emma’s research efforts focus on using molecular modeling to enhance bioseparations by using it as a tool for solvent system screening and selection. Currently, she is using the Conductor-like Screening Model for Real Solvents to develop a method for using high-oleic soybean oil to remove hydrogen sulfide from natural gas. Emma’s broader research and career interests include bioseparations, bioprocessing, and engineering education. Emma is passionate about developing diverse and inclusive STEM communities and promoting women in STEM. She works on the leadership team for the Purdue Women in Engineering Graduate Mentoring Program and also enjoys volunteering for STEM outreach events.

Allison Yaguchi – Clemson University

Allison Yaguchi is currently a third-year Ph.D. candidate in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department at Clemson University, where she works in Dr. Mark Blenner’s lab. Prior to joining Clemson, she obtained her B.S. in Chemical and Life Sciences Engineering from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her research focuses on characterization and engineering a non-conventional, […]

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27 04, 2017

Bioeconomy Leadership Award Winner 2017 – DSM

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Royal DSM is a global science-based company active in health, nutrition and materials. By connecting its unique competences in life sciences and materials sciences DSM is driving economic prosperity, environmental progress and social advances to create sustainable value for all stakeholders simultaneously. DSM delivers innovative solutions that nourish, protect and improve performance in global markets such as food and dietary supplements, personal care, feed, medical devices, automotive, paints, electrical and electronics, life protection, alternative energy and bio-based materials. DSM and its associated companies deliver annual net sales of about €10 billion with approximately 25,000 employees. The company is listed on Euronext Amsterdam.

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27 04, 2017

Raphael Katzen Award Winner 2017 – Brian Foody

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Brian Foody has been the CEO of Iogen since 1986. He is responsible for Iogen’s strategic and technology direction. Under his leadership, Iogen has been a pioneer in cellulosic ethanol. Brian has contributed greatly to advances in the technology, including the areas of pretreatment, hydrolysis, and feedstock processing. Raizen’s cellulosic ethanol plant in Brazil uses Iogen’s process to convert sugar-cane bagasse to ethanol. Brian also led the earlier effort of Iogen to build a successful business manufacturing industrial enzymes. Brian graduated from MIT in 1980 with degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Civil Engineering.

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27 04, 2017

Charles D. Scott Award Winner 2017 – Jonathan R. Mielenz

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Dr. Jonathan R. Mielenz received his PhD in Microbiology from University of Illinois C-U. After a UCDavis postdoctoral fellowship, he cloned a thermostable α-amylase for Corn Products, one of the first GRAS GMO food enzymes to be approved and commercialized. Subsequently, at Henkel of Germany, a research team he formed developed the first renewable biopolymer feedstock, dicarboxylic acids, from natural fats and oils, and developed a protein engineered prize-winning GMO detergent protease which is now available in Persil detergent. Next, for three years he managed the multi-million dollar DOE biofuels program at NREL. He co-started two companies which were awarded 3 Phase I, a Phase II and III DOE/USDA SBIRs. Most recently during his eight year tenure at ORNL he was the Laboratory Biomass Program Manager for DOE for three years, Co-Chair of the SBFC for eight years, while conducted research in the ORNL BioEnergy Science Center. Highlights include fermentation research published in PNAS showing transgenic switchgrass produced >25% more biofuels than wild-type, and ORNL-funded fermentation research demonstrated numerous whole Agave species, including from the US, can be used to produce fuels and chemicals. Retired from ORNL in 2013, he remains active with SIMB and research review activities.

Charles D. Scott Award Winner 2017 – Jonathan R. Mielenz 2017-10-24T21:34:26+00:00
26 04, 2017

2017 Banquet Speaker – Jolene Babyak

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Alcatraz: Growing up on the Dark Side

Jolene Babyak is one of the most knowledgeable, firsthand experts on Alcatraz history—where she lived twice as a child.

She is the author of four books, Eyewitness On Alcatraz; Birdman; Breaking The Rock; and Alcatraz Most Wanted under the pen name Cory Kincade, and is currently working on two new books. She has interviewed scores of prisoners, officers and family members, and examined hundreds of prison files, studying the childhoods and family lives of both prisoners and staff residents.

Her father, Arthur M. Dollison worked on the island prison for nine years, eventually becoming the associate warden in 1961. Ms. Babyak’s family lived there for about two years when she was seven to nine and later for a year when she was 15, when one of the most spectacular escape attempts took place.

She has appeared in many nationally-televised videos, including “The Secrets of Alcatraz,” “Break Out,” and “Public Enemies” on the Discovery Channel; “The Big House,” “This Day in History,” on the History channel, as well as documentaries on the Travel, Learning PBS and BBC networks. She has also appeared on CBS news, “Myth- busters,” “CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood,” and has had media interviews in Japan, England, Australia, Canada with Peter Zoskin of the Canadian Broadcast Company, and in Germany on “Brisant”. Recently, she appeared at Ciudad de las Ideas, in Puebla, Mexico.

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25 04, 2017

Before you go, SBFC 2017

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The 2017 SBFC Program Chairs, Program Co-Chairs, Organizing Committee, SIMB Officers, Directors, and Staff are looking forward to seeing you next week at the 39th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis, San Francisco, CA USA!

When you Arrive

Please stop by the SBFC Registration Desk on the B2 Level North Registration of the hotel to pick up your name badge, program, and other Symposium materials during on-site registration hours:
Monday, May 1 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Tuesday, May 2: 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Wednesday, May 3: 7:00 AM – 12:00 NOON
Thursday, May 4: 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM

The official SBFC name badge must be worn during all SBFC sessions and activities.

One copy of the printed SBFC Program will be given to each registrant. We will not be able to replace a lost copy.

Breakfast Options

SBFC will not be serving breakfast this year; attendees are on their own. In the hotel, you’ll find Mission Street Pantry with several options. There is also a restaurant with a full menu.

Meeting Program – Online & Downloadable

Fully Searchable Schedule Available

The meeting schedule is available online:
View the Online Meeting Schedule

Please check the online schedule for any last minute room changes.

Letter Certifying Presentation or Attendance

If you are an oral or poster presenter and require a letter certifying your attendance and participation, you may download a customized copy from the abstract site where you first submitted your abstract.

If you […]

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14 04, 2016

Before you go!

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The 2016 SBFC Program Chairs, Program Co-­‐Chairs, Organizing Committee, SIMB Officers, Directors, and Staff are looking forward to seeing you next week at the 38th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals at the Hilton Camden Yards, Baltimore, MD, USA!

When you Arrive

Please stop by the SBFC Registration Desk in Key Ballroom South Foyer on the 2nd floor of the hotel to pick up your name badge, program, registration list, and other Symposium materials during on-site registration hours:
Monday, April 25: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Tuesday, April 26: 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Wednesday, April 27: 7:00 AM – 12:00 NOON
Thursday, April 28: 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM

The official SBFC name badge must be worn during all SBFC sessions and activities.

One copy of the printed SBFC Program will be given to each registrant. We will not be able to replace a lost copy, but will refer anyone who has lost a program to the online program schedule at https://sim.confex.com/sim/38th/webprogram/meeting.html

Letter Certifying Presentation or Attendance

If you are an oral or poster presenter and require a letter certifying your attendance and participation, you may download a customized copy from the abstract site where you first submitted your abstract (https://sim.confex.com/sim/38th/cfp.cgi). If you are not a presenter, please stop by the SBFC registration desk to request a letter that will be emailed to you following the Symposium.

Just Added

DOE Listening Session: Growing a Billion Ton Bioeconomy in the United States
Wednesday, April 27th in the Key Ballroom 3PM – […]

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11 04, 2016

Scott Award Winner 2016 – Charles Abbas

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Charles Abbas

Charles received a B.S. in Microbiology from the U of Minnesota, an M.S. in Microbiology from the U. of Montana and completed a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Cell Science at the U. of Florida (Gainesville). He has over 28 years of experience in industrial biotechnology first working at Difco R & D in Ann Arbor, MI as a senior scientist, and as a group leader, manager and most recently as Director of Yeast and Renewables Research at Archer Daniels Midland in Decatur, IL.

Dr. Abbas is the author of over 100 abstracts, scientific articles, book chapters, review articles, patents and patent applications. He is considered a leading expert in yeast, large-scale industrial fermentations, and biorefining. Charles is credited for proposing the widely used biorefinery term in early 1990s to illustrate the bioprocessing of commodity crops to high value added products. His areas of expertise include: industrial biotechnology; fungal chemistry and biochemistry; biomass conversion; advanced biofuels and chemicals; bioprocessing of commodity crops and their residues to produce high value-added products; development of yeast strains for industrial fermentations; large-scale fermentation production of ethanol, polymers, amino acids, enzymes, vitamins, carotenoids and organic acids using bacterial, fungal, and algal systems.

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11 04, 2016

Bioeconomy Award Winner 2016 – LanzaTech

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LanzaTech

LanzaTech, a company founded in New Zealand in 2005,  has developed a unique microbial capability that captures and recycles a broad spectrum of gases for fuel production. These robust microbes combined with innovative approaches in bioreactor design and process development have enabled rapid scale up to take place, with two 100,000 gallon/year demonstration scale facilities in China using steel mill waste gases for ethanol production. The first 3 commercial units are being built; in China with Shougang; in Taiwan with China Steel and in Belgium with the world’s largest steel maker, ArcelorMittal.

Across the supply chain, LanzaTech embodies the concept of the bioeconomy, by promoting a ‘carbon smart’ circular economy, where both gas providers and end users can choose to be resource efficient by recycling or “sequestering” carbon into new products rather than making them from new fossil resources. LanzaTech has partnered with 8 Global Fortune 500 Companies across a variety of sectors, including steel, chemicals, refining and aviation.

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Bioeconomy Award Winner 2016 – LanzaTech 2017-10-24T21:34:27+00:00