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
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2015 RAFT Program Chair