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Oct. 17, 2003

UI Hosts Biocatalysis And Bioprocessing Conference Oct. 27-29

University of Iowa scientists, along with academic and industry experts, will gather for an annual conference hosted by the UI Center for Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing (CBB).

The conference, now in its 12th year, features researcher presentations and posters reflecting progress in biocatalysis and bioprocessing. Participants also will be able to visit the CBB facility located at the UI's Oakdale Research Park.

The conference will be Oct. 27-29 at the Iowa Memorial Union on the UI campus. For more information, contact Nancy Ream at 319-335-4903 or visit the center's web site at www.uiowa.edu/~biocat/conference.html.

Biocatalysis and bioprocessing refers to the use of organisms or enzymes and natural or synthetic compounds to develop substances used in a variety of biotechnology-related applications. CBB scientists at the UI have worked with academic, industry and government clients on a variety of projects, such as the development of vaccines and other pharmaceutical drugs, food additives, chemicals used in environmental cleanup, and herbicides and other agrochemicals.

The conference will feature biocatalysis scholarly work produced by UI faculty members, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The CBB advisory board, comprised of distinguished scientists from throughout the United States, also will attend.

The Oct. 28 symposium, "Biocatalysis for Chemical Synthesis," will feature leading biocatalysis scientists from Bristol Myers Squibb, DuPont, Genencor International, the Institute for Biotechnology in Jülich Germany, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the UI. Four top UI biocatalysis graduate student fellows have been selected to make podium presentations. The Oct. 28 session closes with a poster session displaying the results of 50 studies.

A second symposium on Oct. 29, "Futures in Biotechnology," features former UI graduates who trained in CBB programs. These former UI students include two from academia (University of Minnesota and the UI), two from industry (Promega in Madison, Wis. and Dow in San Diego, Calif.), and a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health.

Undergraduates interested in learning of career opportunities in biotechnology are invited to attend the Oct. 29 morning session.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

CONTACT(S): David Pedersen, (319) 335-8032, david-pedersen@uiowa.edu.