Posted 12/19/11 by . Filed under Featured News, News and Updates.

On behalf of the Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology’s board of directors and front office, I want to wish everyone a happy holiday season and best wishes for a healthy and prosperous new year. 2012 looks to be a very exciting year for SIMB and our field in general.

SIMB has three very exciting meetings set for 2012:

34th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals (April 30-May 3, Sheraton New Orleans, New Orleans, LA)
SIMB Annual Meeting (August 12-16, Washington Hilton, Washington DC)
Recent Advances in Microbial Control (October 28-31, Hilton Old Town Alexandria, Alexandria, VA)

Save the dates and visit our website throughout the year to get information on the programs, registration, hotel reservations, abstract submission, sponsorship opportunities and exhibitor prospectus.

SIMB continues to be about the presentation, publication, and promotion of industrial microbiology and biotechnology. Be a part of SIMB by joining as an individual member or corporate member.

Happy Holidays!
Neal Connors, PhD
SIMB President

Posted 12/15/11 by . Filed under SIMB 2012 Annual Meeting.

August 12-16, 2012 | Hilton Washington, DC
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Welcome from the Chair, Steve Van Dien

Washington MonumentAs Program Chair, it is my pleasure to invite you to participate in the 62nd Annual Meeting of the Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology to be held Aug. 12-16, 2012, in Washington, DC. The program committee and I are hard at work developing an exciting program for next year’s meeting. We will have a number of sessions intended to be cross-functional, bringing people together from different disciplines that use a similar technology or approach to address problems in their respective area of research.

Recent advances in hot fields such as synthetic biology, next-gen sequencing, and computational modeling will also be featured. These technology-based sessions will complement a range of sessions exploring new frontiers in the core areas of biocatalysis, metabolic engineering, fermentation, natural products, and environmental microbiology.

Posted 10/18/11 by . Filed under RAFT IX.


RobertDr. Robert Bud will be the Banquet Speaker at SIM’s 9th Recent Advances in Fermentation Technology. RAFT IX was held November 6-9 in Marco Island, FL. Learn more about RAFT IX.


Time and again pundits promise a revolution based on biology will succeed those based on engineering and chemistry. On each occasion, the prophesy is expressed as radical and derived from observing recent developments. Yet, for a hundred years before even the discovery of recombinant DNA fermentation, as this talk will illustrate, technology had been promising and often delivering industrial transformation. By the 1920s the word ‘biotechnology’ was in German dictionaries. Even then it was not just a word it was a concept of the future.

Posted 10/15/11 by . Filed under RAFT IX.

“From Concept to Commercialization”

Recent Advances in Fermentation TechnologyThe ninth Recent Advances in Fermentation Technology (RAFT IX) will take place November 6-9 at the Marco Island Marriott, Marco Island, FL. Co-sponsors: Society for Industrial Microbiology (SIM) and the American Chemical Society, Division of Biochemical Technology. Visit the meeting web site for complete meeting details.

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Join SIM when you register and get the discounted member rate!

Held biannually, RAFT provides a forum for industrial and academic scientists to discuss the latest developments in fermentation technology. This year’s meeting will follow a theme of “From Concept to Commercialization.”

Informative Sessions & Networking Opportunities

Sessions will take us sequentially from early stage research through to production, and in each session we plan to have a range of speakers from different industry/academic sectors. Online program available.

In addition to the seven sessions, there will also be one poster session and tabletop exhibits. These activities will be enhanced by networking receptions and morning and afternoon breaks. Group breakfasts and lunches will afford additional opportunities to meet your peers.

Keynote talk will be given by Dr. David Glassner, Executive Vice President of Technology at Gevo. Read his abstract, From Concept to Commercialization – Experiences from Lactic Acid and Isobutanol.

News & Deadlines

Register. Pre-registration ends Friday, October 21.

Become a Sponsor. Show that you are an industry leader and supporter of RAFT. Sponsorship opportunities.

Posted 10/5/11 by . Filed under News and Updates.

Dear Colleagues,

Neal C. Connors, PhD, SIM President 2011-2012I am pleased to begin serving the Society for Industrial Microbiology (SIM) as President for 2011-2012. SIM has been in existence since 1949 and continues to be the premier society for industrial microbiology and biotechnology. Unlike some organizations which are about policy making and business dealing, SIM remains about presenting, publishing, and promoting quality science. This will continue to be SIM’s mission during and long after my term as president.