Annual Life Science Symposium

synthetic biology and metabolic engineering

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Thank you for your interest in our 2018 Life Science Symposium. We are excited to have you join us for this year’s topic, Synthetic Biology and Metabolic Engineering.

Synthetic Biology and Metabolic Engineering is perhaps the most elegant work in science today. Nearly four decades ago, to describe nanotechnology, Eric Drexler published a paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in 1981, “Molecular Engineering: An approach to the development of general capabilities for molecular manipulation.” In other words, controlling structure and function of matter on a molecular level. Today we may define Synthetic Biology and Metabolic Engineering in a similar way, uniting design with function. Our goal is to control structure and function of life on a molecular level by designing innovative man-made biological pathways, organisms, systems and devices.

MilliporeSigma has come together to host leading experts in the area of Synthetic Biology and Metabolic Engineering
to explore and understand this area of science. We look forward to engaging dialogue and interplay in hopes to advance this fascinating area.

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Friday, April 27, 2018
MilliporeSigma Innovation Center
2909 Laclede Avenue
St. Louis MO, 63103

8:00 - 8:30 Registration
Session 1
8:30 - 8:45 Opening Remarks & Introduction
8:45 - 9:30 “Shaping metabolism and production hosts by design” - Dr. Costas Maranas, Donald B. Broughton Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, The Pennsylvania State University
9:45 - 10:30 “Discovery and engineering of systems for multi-enzyme catalysis” - Dr. Claudia Schmidt-Dannert, Distinguished McKnight Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics University of Minnesota
10:30 - 11:15 “Orthogonal operating and control systems” - Dr. Andrew Ellington, Research Professor in Biochemistry, College of Natural Sciences, The University of Texas at Austin
11:15 - 12:30 Lunch
Session 2
12:30 - 1:15 “Multiplex genetic techniques for characterizing and engineering microbes in more or less complex environments” - Dr. Adam Arkin, Director, Dean A. Richard Newton Memorial Professor, Department of Bioengineering, University of California, Berkeley
1:15 - 2:00 “Recent developments at the Agile BioFoundry” - Dr. Nathan Hillson, Director of Synthetic Biology Informatics, Joint BioEnergy Institute, US. Department of Energy
2:15 - 3:00 “Photosynthetic Microbes as Cell Factories for Sustainable Bioproduction” - Dr. Himadri B. Pakrasi, Biology, Washington University in St. Louis
3:00 - 4:00 Open Panel Discussion
4:00 - 6:00 Happy Hour & Tours