From Enzyme and Material Design to Industrial Applications

28th to 30th of March 2022
ZiF Bielefeld, Germany

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On behalf of the Organizing Committee of IBPRO2022, we cordially invite you to save the date for the INTERfaces Conference on ‘Intensifying Biocatalytic Processes – From Enzyme and Material Design to Industrial Applications’ (IBPRO2022), belonging to the International CeBiTec Conference 2022, which will be held in the ZiF in Bielefeld from the 28th to 30th of March 2022. This meeting is organized by the H2020-MSCA-ITN Project INTERfaces and the Industrial Organic Chemistry and Biotechnology Group from Bielefeld University.

COVID-19 NOTE: The team of IBPRO2022 is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and we decided on arranging a hybrid event in case some interested people face restrictions that do not allow for travel or in-person attendance. For online attendance a reduced admission fee will apply. More Information and the details will be decided soon, all registered attendees informed and the webpage updated shortly.

This 11th International CeBiTec Research Conference is in the frame of an outstanding series of symposia. It offers a unique platform for a focused, specialized and highly applied scientific research community, and in the case of IBPRO2022 aims specifically for a high industry involvement. The number of attendees is limited to ~120, due to the location, which should stimulate intensive scientific discussion. Thus, the Organizing Committee from Bielefeld University and INTERfaces will select the participants thoroughly, thereby offering a unique quality of the attendees and enabling a pleasant, intimate and interdisciplinary working atmosphere.

The program of IBPRO2022 will be divided into four sessions, with invited speaker lectures from academia and industry, oral communications, and a poster session. The Conference will provide a distinctive opportunity for presentation of new findings in Biocatalysis and Material Sciences focusing on the recent developments presented in four dedicated sessions:

> SESSION 1: Enzyme discovery and design for industrial applications

Rebecca Buller (Zurich University of Applied Sciences, ZHAW)
Erika Tassano (Novartis)

> SESSION 2: Heterogenization of biocatalysts with tailor-made materials

Jan von Langermann (University of Rostock)
Alessandra Basso (Purolite)

> SESSION 3: Intensification of heterogenized bioprocesses: Multicatalytic cascades and flow biocatalysis

Francesca Paradisi (University of Bern)
Joseph Hosford (GlaxoSmithKline (GSK))

> SESSION 4: Out-of-the-box methods: Future trends in biocatalysis?

Martin Schürmann (InnoSyn B.V.)
Bernhard Hauer (University of Stuttgart)

Preliminary Program

Currently, the schedule is tentative and subject to regular updates. The (preliminary) can also be downloaded as a pdf.

Monday – March 28, 2022

11:00 – 13:00 Registration
13:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks
Prof. Dr. Harald Gröger, Bielefeld University, Germany – Chairperson and Local Host of IBPRO2022
Prof. Dr. Selin Kara, Aarhus University, Denmark – Co-chairperson IBPRO2022 and INTERfaces MSCA-ITN Coordinator
SESSION 1: Enzyme discovery and design for industrial applications
Session Chairs: Prof. Per Berglund (KTH, Sweden)
Dr. Anke Hummel (Bielefeld University, Germany) and
MSc. Nicolette Czarnievicz  (ESR of INTERfaces)
13:30 – 14:10 (online) Invited Lecture: Prof. Dr. Rebecca Buller
Engineering Fe(II)/α-Ketoglutarate-Dependent Halogenases and Desaturases
Professor for Chemical and Biotechnological Methods, Systems and Processes, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, ZHAW, Switzerland
14:10 – 14:30 Engineering Fatty Acid Photodecarboxylase for Modulating Substrate Specificity
Asst. Prof. Dr. Bekir Engin Eser, Aarhus University, Denmark
14:30 – 14:50 Enzymatic anti-markovnikov oxidation of unactivated, aliphatic alkenes by directed evolution of cytochrome p450
MSc. Cindy Klaus, Bielefeld University, Germany
14:50 – 15:10 Poster Pitch Session (4 pitches a 5 min)
15:10 – 15:40 Coffee Break
15:40 – 16:20 Invited Lecture: Dr. Erika Tassano
Application of genome mined Fe(II)/KG dioxygenases in drug discovery
Principal Scientist, Novartis, Switzerland
16:20 – 16:40 Cell-free immobilized multi-enzyme systems; from the design to the application
Res. Prof. Dr. Fernando López-Gallego, CICbiomaGUNE, Spain
16:40 – 17:00 Preparative biocatalytic transformations with white-rot fungi and their mechanisms
Dr. Tatyana S. Zhuk, Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, Germany
17:00 – 18:00 Podium Discussion on Industry Careers l
Moderators: MSc. Luisa Merz (ESR of INTERfaces) and MSc. Nicoletta Cascelli (ESR of INTERfaces)
18:00 – 19:00 Poster Session No I – even numbers
Venue: Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF)

Tuesday – March 29, 2022

SESSION 2: Heterogenization of biocatalysts with tailor made materials
Session Chairs: Dr. Juan Manuel Bolivar (Complutense University of Madrid, Spain),
MSc. Hannah Bork (Bielefeld University, Germany) and
MSc. Antía Pintor (ESR of INTERfaces)
9:00 – 9:40 Invited Lecture: Dr. rer. nat habil. Jan von Langermann
Crystallization-based process intensification of biocatalytic reactionsGroup Leader Biocatalytic Synthesis, University of Rostock, Germany
9:40 – 10:00 Immobilized UPO applied for (photo)biocatalytic hydroxylations in non-conventional media
Dr. Markus Hobisch, Aarhus University, Denmark
10:00 – 10:20 (online) Continuous transamination in microreactors with immobilized biocatalysts
Prof. Polona Žnidaršič-Plazl, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
10:20 – 10:50 Coffee Break
10:50 – 11:30 (online) Invited Lecture: Dr. Alessandra Basso
Applications of immobilized enzymes in pharma, food, and fine chemical manufacture of high value compounds in industry
LifeTech Manager, Purolite, United Kingdom
11:30 – 11:50 (online) Advanced catalyst carrier structures based on solid oxides: light in weight but strong in impact
Dr. Jonas Gurauskis, Instituto de Nanociencia y Materiales de Aragon (INMA), Spain
11:50 – 12:10 Surface engineering of transaminases to tailor protein immobilization on microreactors
ESR MSc. Nicolette Czarnievicz, CICbiomaGUNE, Spain; Micronit, Netherlands
12:10 – 13:40 Lunch Break with Lunch Talk
Getting Published in 2022 and Beyond: How to Adapt to a Rapidly Changing Publication Landscape
Dr. Ruben Ragg, Editor-in-Chief, ChemBioChem
SESSION 3: Intensification of heterogenized bioprocesses: Cascades and flow
Session Chairs: Research Prof. Fernando López-Gallego (CICbiomaGUNE, Spain)
MSc. Laura Maria Bernhard (Bielefeld University, Germany)
MSc. Nicoletta Cascelli (ESR of INTERfaces)
13:40 – 14:20 (online) Invited Lecture: Prof. Dr. Francesca Paradisi
Packed-bed reactors to boost multi-step biocatalysis in flow
Pharmaceutical and Bioorganic Chemistry, University of Bern, Switzerland
14:20 – 14:40 Enzymatic transamination of a prochiral ketone in a membrane flow system
MSc. Julie Østerby Madsen, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
14:40 – 15:00 Sweet cascades
Prof. Dr. Ulf Hanefeld, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands
15:00 – 15:20 Bio-based production of metaraminol with integration of reactive in situ product removal
MSc. Laura Grabowski, Institute of Bio- and Geosciences -Biotechnology, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Germany
15:20 – 15:35 Coffee Break
15:35 – 16:15 (online) Invited Lecture: Dr. Alba Diaz-Rodriguez
Accelerating The Adoption of Biocatalysis In the Pharmaceutical Industry
Scientific Investigator, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), United Kingdom
16:15 – 17:15 Poster Session No II – odd numbers
17:40 Bus transfer to the dinner venue
Venue: Brauhaus, Hagenbruchstraße 8, 33602 Bielefeld

Wednesday – March 30th, 2022

SESSION 4: Out-of-the-box methods: Future trends in biocatalysis?
Session Chairs: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Vicente Gotor-Fernández (University of Oviedo, Spain)
MSc. Luisa Koch (Bielefeld University, Germany)
MSc. Luisa Merz (ESR of INTERfaces)
9:00 – 9:40 Invited Lecture: Dr. Martin Schürmann
Beyond Hydrolases and  NAD(P)H recycling: co-factor supply and regeneration for industrial biocatalysis
Principal Scientist, InnoSyn B.V., Netherlands
9:40 – 10:00 Enzymatic glycolipid synthesis in non-conventional media
Dr. Rebecca Hollenbach, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
10:00 – 10:20 Smart surface enhancement of additively manufactured structures for biocatalytic applications
MSc. Daniela Eixenberger, Hamburg University of Technology, Germany
10:20 – 10:50 Coffee Break
10:50 – 11:10 Intensification and molecular engineering of photosynthesis-driven biocatalytic redox reactions
Prof. Dr. Robert Kourist, Graz University of Technology, Austria
11:10 – 11:50 (online) Invited Lecture: Prof. Dr. Bernhard Hauer
Engineering cyclase enzymes for industrial biocatalysis
Head of the Technical Biochemistry DepartmentInstitute of Biochemistry and Technical Biochemistry, University of Stuttgart, Germany
11:50 – 12:30 Colloquium/Round tableFuture trends in biocatalysis
Chairs: Dr. habil. Pablo Domínguez de María (Sustainable Momentum, Spain) and
MSc. Philipp Petermeier (ESR of INTERfaces)
12:30 – 12:50 Poster Awards and INTERfaces Scholarship Award
12:50 – 13:00 Closing Remarks
Prof. Dr. Harald Gröger, Bielefeld University, Germany – Chairperson and Local Host of IBPRO2022Prof.
Dr. Selin Kara, Aarhus University, Denmark – Co-chairperson IBPRO2022 and INTERfaces MSCA-ITN Coordinator

Overall, the ultimate goal of the conference is to create a multidisciplinary atmosphere stimulating the exchange of knowledge between participants and identifying potential collaborations between research groups from industry and academia. We look forward to welcoming you in 2022 in Bielefeld!

LANGUAGE: The official language of the conference will be English for both poster and oral communications.


The registration is now open and possible via the following link: 2022-03-28 | 11th International CeBiTec Research Conference Bielefeld (uni-bielefeld.de)

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