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Grand Challenges Vision Symposium

Innovations in Biology - Advancing Biomanufacturing


Day 1: April 20 7:30 AM–5:30 PM
Day 2: April 21 8:30 AM–1:00 PM
Commons Hotel, Pinnacle Ballroom

This university-wide symposium will showcase innovative research from academic and industrial partners who are working to address challenges in the industrialization of biology and advancing biomanufacturing. We will discuss opportunities presented by biological and bio-inspired systems and work toward a vision for the future bio-manufacturing. Research presentations, platform discussions, and poster presentations will provide opportunities for discussion, networking, and inspiration for new research.

Bring your ideas, questions and posters for an interactive event! Early registration is encouraged. Refreshments and lunch will be provided to registered participants.

Students, postdocs, and faculty are invited to participate!





Program: Day 1

Welcome

Innovations in biological systems design (Lectures and moderated discussion)

From proto-cells and artificial cells to biorthogonal cellular systems, circuits, sensors and molecular tools.

8:30 AM–9:05 AM

Kate Adamala
University of Minnesota

9:05 AM–9:40 AM

Casim Sarkar
University of Minnesota

9:40 AM–10:15 AM

Coffee Break & Posters

10:15 AM–10:50 AM

Elias Puchner
University of Minnesota

10:50 AM–11:50 AM

Panel Discussion

11:50 AM–1:00 PM

Lunch & Posters

Innovations in biocatalysis

From discovery, applications and engineering of biocatalysts to genetically programmable biocatalytic systems.

1:00 PM–1:35 PM

Fernando Lopez-Gallego
CIC biomaGUNE, San Sebastian, Spain

1:35 PM–2:10 PM

Bernd Nidetzky
TU Graz & acib, Austria

2:10 PM–3:00 PM

Coffee Break

3:00 PM–3:35 PM

Stefan Lutz
Emory University

3:35 PM–4:35 PM

Panel Discussion

4:35 PM–5:30 PM

Snacks, beverages & Posters

7:00 PM

Dinner with invited speakers

Program: Day 2

Innovations in cellular biodesign

From biosynthetic pathway discovery and metabolic network engineering to pathway refactoring and development, onboarding of new biomanufacturing hosts

8:30 AM–9:05 AM

Kechun Zhang
University of Minnesota

9:05 AM–9:40 AM

Josh Dunn
GINGKO Bioworks

9:40 AM–10:15 AM

Coffee Break

10:15 AM–10:50 AM

Michael Smanski
University of Minnesota

10:50 AM–11:50 AM

Panel Discussion

11:50 AM–12:00 PM

Final Remarks

12:00 PM–1:00 PM

Lunch & Posters