The guiding thread of the event 2019 will be

Next Generation Bioproduction

Focus Topic I:
Bioproduction in the Sense of Bioeconomy

Focus Topic II:
Advances in Biomanufacturing and Upcoming Biopharmaceuticals


Focus on Bioproduction in the Sense of Bioeconomy
Focus on Advances in Biomanufacturing & Upcoming Biopharmaceuticals
Others:Out of the box topics
I10:15 – 11:45The Learnings of H2020 and the Forecast to “Horizon Europe” (FP9)
How did the 8th framework programme of the European commission perform and what are the learnings for “Horizon Europe”? The Austrian NCP are talking about the upcoming episode of European research and innovation projects. Use the opportunity, take part and gain your competitive advantage for your future proposals.
Special Session
Registration Reception & Poster Session
12:30Welcome Address:
Mathias Drexler (CEO acib)
Bernd Nidetzky (CSO acib)
0113:00 – 14:30Trends in Politics
What are the future strategies for bioeconomy on political level? Who are the influencers? The opening session of esib 2019 will be dedicated to the triangle of politics, science and industry and their interactions for efficient bioeconomic production. Do not miss the roundtable discussion with top-ranking Austrian politicians disclosing their future plans.
Coffee Break & Poster Session
0215:15 – 17:15Trends in Science
What are the burning issues in an ever-changing scientific landscape? What are the challenges and needs to be addressed for the future development of industrial biotechnology and bioeconomy? Take part in discussing the most promising trends in science.
Coffee Break & Poster Session
0318:00 – 20:00Trends in Industry
Academia meets industry and both shape the future trends of industrial biotechnology. Experience the challenges of industrial biotechnology from the points of view of global players in Europe‘s biotech industry and of small but highly innovative companies.
21:00Chilling Life Science
Dom im Berg
9:00 – 11:00CO2 – the Next Generation Feedstock for valuable Products
Increasing release of carbon dioxide (CO2) has a dramatic impact on global climate. The utilization of CO2 as a carbon resource is coming into focus of R&D. Which products could be derived from CO2? What are the economic, ecologic and energy-political issues that should be linked to scientific agendas? Join in and get a clearer picture of the key stakeholders in a circular economy to create value from CO2.
Parallel Workshop
9:00 – 11:00Virtual Bioprocessing – the Future of Quality by Design
Smart facilities and Industry 4.0 are becoming reality in various industry fields. Connectivity of data, accessibility of information and process understanding – all leads to more automated and better controls of manufacturing. However, the modelling of processes or the creation of a digital twin are still lacking. What are suitable models to understand production processes? What is required by authorities such as FDA or EMEA? Get informed about new trends in the sense of the Quality by Design (QbD) approach.
Parallel Workshop
9:00 – 11:00Designing Cell Factories for a Circular Economy
Using the tools of synthetic biology, metabolic pathways can be redesigned in microbes to construct cell factories that produce high value molecules for diverse applications. The extensive use of omics data, bioinformatic tools and metabolic modelling are common features of many projects that aim to construct such cell factories. A panel of selected H2020 projects discuss their central question: How to engineer cell factories to enable them to use sustainable carbon sources and to increase yields?
Parallel Workshop
079:00 – 11:00Novel Food and Cosmetics Ingredients – What are the Quality Requirements of Tomorrow?
How do we have to think next generation product quality? What needs to be taken into account for a future product viable between regulatory demands (novel food, health claims, REACH etc.) and customer awareness or policy influence (product environmental footprint, maybe even social life cycle assessment). Get up-to-date information from validation authorities and experts in the field, listen to their insights and get inspired by new product and process design trends.
Parallel Workshop
Coffee Break
0811:15 – 12:00Science Flash
You have an idea you want to place on the market? You have an outstanding new finding you want to present? be precise and be to the point in a powerful speed presentation.
Lunch Break & Poster Session
13:30 – 15:30Valorizing Oil and Fat Streams through Next Generation Biocatalysis
Biological oils and fats are a high-energy and high-volume production stream stretching beyond the food and feed sectors. Enzymatic modification of (un)saturated fatty acids yields in fuels, flavours & fragrances, pharmaceuticals, skin care products, materials, and plastics that are typically derived from fossil resources. How much of crude oil will next generation bioproduction - based on microbial/algaeal fermentation and enzymatic upcycling – can be replaced during the next decade?
Parallel Workshop
13:30 – 15:30Artificial Intelligence in Biotechnology – the Future of Bioprocesses
Handling of big data becomes a key element for biotechnology and bioprocess engineering. Modern artificial intelligence allows to analyze large volumes of data in many domains, in ways that were inaccessible until now. How can we use artificial intelligence and machine learning for a better process understanding? What do these data based approaches look like that are able to uncover the knowledge hidden in large amounts of data generated by genomics, proteomics or metabolomics, process control and statistics? Join in and get ready for modern biotechnology research.
Parallel Workshop
1113:30 – 15:30Converting Projects of Today into Products for the Market of Tomorrow
Projects under the H2020 framework program strongly focused on impact. In practice, EU project participants are facing the challenge of taking the ideas from the projects to market. Is there any formula for success? What are the recommendations of those, who have been successful? Get some practical advice for making the best out of your project.
Parallel Workshop
13:30 – 15:30Next Generation Microbials – the Potential of Microbiome Research
The microbiome is strongly connected with sustainable production in agriculture and industry, our food chain, and 'one health' issues. Moreover, it is currently one of the most important research fields emerging within different disciplines. What are the promising approaches for meeting the demands of the European bioeconomy strategy? Project leaders and industry pioneers in the field of microbiome science share their experience and knowledge.
Parallel Workshop
Coffee Break
16:00 – 18:00Next Generation Biocatalytic Production
Various biocatalytic reactions (e.g. asymmetric ketone reduction, asymmetric amination of ketones) have become state of the art in industry as well as in academia. For selected cases enzyme engineering was required to adapt the enzyme to the process, which is today’s approach in contrast to old time adapting the process to the enzyme. What are the current challenges for biocatalysis? What are the next reactions to be transferred to industrial scale? What is the state for using light and electricity as energy source for biocatalytic reactions? Get an update.
Parallel Workshop
16:00 – 18:00Challenges in Design and Production of Next Generation Vaccines
Climate change, emerging and re-emerging viruses are becoming an urgent threat for animal and human health. New concepts for the development of Next-Generation vaccines are highly needed. Our experts highlight recent technologies for production, up-scaling and downstream processing for industrial demands. How long does it take from test tube to patient? Get informed about mandatory steps on the long way to market authorization.
Parallel Workshop
1516:00 – 18:00Next Generation Start-up Bootcamp
You started up with your own company? First mission accomplished. But how to proceed to bring your success to the next level? Which competences are essential? Take the opportunity to learn from a business angel and to meet some biotech start-ups at different stages of their foundation. Find out how the others dealed with fundings, marketing activities and building up networks.
Parallel Workshop
1616:00 – 18:00Producing Trends in Open Schooling – Interactive
Bubbling with ideas? Let’s talk about them! This year we will talk about efficient ways to attract the “next generation biotechnologists”. Discuss your insights and concepts. Stimulate each other during lively face-to-face discussions in small groups. Be guest in our World Café, take a seat and be part of producing future trends.
Poster Session & Get-together
1718:15 – 19:45Science Meets Economy
Are you looking for new collaborative partnerships? A guided matchmaking event organised by the SFG and the Enterprise Europe Network is a unique opportunity to generate new business contacts and to develop new ideas. Select interesting prospective partners and pre-book 15-minute meetings with them in advance of the event. The Science Meets Economy B2B event has a separate website. For more details and registration please visit
20:30Gala Academia
188:30 – 10:00Biotech Breakfast & Poster Session
Let the day begin! Breakfast is the most important meal of the day so let’s get together and start the last day of our summit with a delicious, typical styrian breakfast to delight body & soul. (included in registration fee)
Social & Poster Session
10:00 – 12:00Continuous Downstream Processing for Biomolecules of the Future
Continuous Downstream Processing is nowadays making its way into the process development departments for biomolecules. We review the current status of integration of continuous downstream processing and look at the future challenges of what’s still missing for a fully continuous process. For which unit operations is the technology already available, for which unit operations are we missing important technologies, and to what extend is the integration of different unit operations into one seamless process possible?
Parallel Workshop
10:00 – 12:00Next Generation Biopolymers - the Materials of the Future?
Yesterday there was plastic made of oil. Today we focus on recycling. What will be tomorrow? How can upcycling provide a greener future? Does polylactic acid really change the world of packing materials? What is the potential of biotechnology and enzymes in this context? The number of innovative ideas of creating biopolymers out of new resources and development of coating or surface activation systems seem to be endless. Join a selected bunch of experts in a journey to the engineers never never land.
Parallel Workshop
10:00 – 12:00Novel Biorefinery Concepts
In order to produce materials and chemicals sustainable biorefinery concepts are of importance.
How to implement a sustainable and circular bioeconomy? How can bioeconomy concepts be introduced into different market segments spanning from cosmetics to cement industry? In this session different industry sectors are presenting their bioeconomy strategy. Which concepts and solutions are economically viable and what limiting barriers can be identified? Is a high oil price the only critical parameter for a successful business model? What other advantages do products have which are produced by a sustainable and circular biorefinery?
Parallel Workshop
10:00 – 12:00Computer-aided design of cell factories
Cell factory development projects often use omics data and modeling to identify bottlenecks and suggest new design strategies. However, the software platforms that are currently available for data-driven modeling and design support only limited use of data and are not end-user friendly. What are newest developments in computer-aided cell factory design? How can cutting edge software tools help you in developing your next cell factory? Join this workshop to learn hands-on skills for employing computer-aided cell factory design in your projects.
Participation conditions: binding registration until 15th October 2019; for equipment please use your own laptop.
Special Session
Coffee Break
2212:15 – 13:00Science Flash
You have an idea you want to place on the market? You have an outstanding new finding you want to present? be precise and be to the point in a powerful speed presentation.
Lunch Break & Poster Session
2314:00 – 15:30Closing Lecture “Bridging Tomorrow”
Join in and have a look to the upcoming trends in biotechnology for the next decades. What are the visions of the industry and which disruptive technologies might influence or support the missions of tomorrow? Let’s shed a light on innovative views from representatives in the field of industrial biotechnology.
15:30Closing Remarks

Jay Keasling

Professor of Biochemical Engineering, Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, USA
CSTO for Biosciences and Faculty Senior Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA
CEO, Joint BioEnergy Institute, USA
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Akihiko Kondo

Director of Biorefinery Center, Section Director of Engineering Biology Research Center & Professor at Kobe University, Japan
Cell Factory Research Team, RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science, Yokohama, Japan
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Thomas Haas

Vice President Science & Technology, Evonik Creavis GmbH, Germany
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Marcel Wubbolts

Chief Technology Officer, Corbion Group Netherlands bv, The Netherlands
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