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Marine Biodiscovery: Research & Applications 15-16 June 2010

Location:  University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK
Event Type: Meeting
Event Date: 2010-06-15    
End Date: 2010-06-16

Start Time: 13:00    Ending Time: 13:00

Event Description:
This meeting, coinciding with the opening of the new £1.6M Marine Biodiscovery Centre, will address the potential for new products and processes from the marine environment, with a particular emphasis on the technical challenges and realising successful outcomes. This will cover novel pharmaceuticals and high value chemicals such as biomaterials, nutraceuticals and personal care products as well as novel enzymes with unique activities. Academic and industrial aspects will be presented and there will be a showcase for Scottish companies and facilities. The meeting will run from 13:00 Tue 15 June to 13:00 Wed 16 June to allow for travel.

Contact email:

Event programme:
Speakers & Topics:

Frithjof Küpper, Scottish Association of Marine Science, UK
Accessing and assessing marine biodiversity

Ute Hentschel, University of Würzburg, Germany,
Single-cell genomics, metagenomics and cultivation-based approaches towards natural products discovery from marine sponge-associated microbiota

Phil Crews, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA
Inspirational structures of bioactive marine natural products

Peter Sadler, University of Warwick, UK
Metal Speciation: the crucial role of ligands in biological activity

Marc Diederich, Laboratoire de Biologie Moleculaire et Cellulaire du Cancer, Luxembourg
Marine compounds as inhibitors of pro-inflammatory, proliferative and anti-apoptotic mechanisms

Steve Winwood, Martek, USA
Omega-3 DHA suitable for use in infant formula by controlled fermentation of marine algae

Jan Buch Andersen, Biotec Marine Biochemicals, Norway
Industrial enzymes from cold-adapted organisms

Simon Munt, Pharmamar, Spain
Taking marine-derived compounds into the clinic – the Yondelis story.

Dan Morse, University of California, Santa Barbara, USA (Plenary)
From silica skeletons of sponges to dynamically tunable photonics in squid: bio-inspired materials open new horizons for marine biodiscovery

Showcase for Scottish Companies and Facilities

-Andrew Mearns-Spragg, Aquapharm Biodiscovery, UK
-Charlie Bavington, Glycomar, UK
-Peter Green, NCIMB, UK
-Ursula Witte, Oceanlab, UK
-Steven Dodsworth, Marine Science Park, Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Sponsors: The Royal Society of Chemistry, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Biosciences Knowledge Transfer Network, Thermo Scientific, Varian Inc., Syngenta, Aquapharm Biodiscovery, Glycomar

Reaching Aberdeen: Aberdeen is well connected by air to many UK and several international airports (Paris, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Oslo) and by mainline rail and road. We will endeavour to assist you in finding local accommodation.

Collaborators and organisers:
Prof. Marcel Jaspars, event organiser
Marine Biodsicovery Centre
Department of Chemsitry
Univeristy of Aberdeen
Tel. +44 (0) 1224 272297

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Registration form:

Registration fee: £50 (£25 for students)

Relevant costs that should be taken by MARBEF:  

Possibility for day-care centres (facilities for children): No

Day-care contact address:

MarBEF supported event: No

Event within Framework of MARBEF: (none)

Maximum number of participants: 

External participants (non MARBEF) allowed: Yes

Posted by Gardner_Emily on 2010-09-27 and approved by webmaster