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CBM12 – Pre-Symposium “BioTop” & Molecular Enzymology”

About BioToP

The PhD program BioToP is a research-based doctoral education at the interface of basic and applied science in the field of protein biotechnology at the Vienna Institute of Biotechnology (VIBT) at BOKU, Vienna.

BioToP provides comprehensive training in the fields of

  • structure-function analysis, engineering and design of proteins,
  • protein synthesis, targeting and post-translational modifications,
  • expression systems and cell factories as well as
  • bioinformatics and molecular modelling.

For further information please visit the BioToP homepage (http://biotop.boku.ac.at)

Funded by: Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and BOKU.

About Molecular Enzymology

The DK Molecular Enzymology is an international doctoral studies program offered jointly by the University of Graz and the Graz University of Technology since 2005. Our research program aims to understand the molecular structures, mechanisms and the cellular functions of enzymes important to very broad aspects of biology.

The program is interdisciplinary in nature with prominent contributions from

  • biochemistry
  • biotechnology
  • molecular and cellular biology
  • microbiology
  • organic chemistry
  • structural biology

For further information please visit the Molecular Enzymology homepage (http://dk.uni-graz.at/)

Funded by: Austrian Science Fund (FWF), University of Graz, Graz University of Technology, NAWI Graz


Participation is free of charge. However, due to organizational reasons we ask all participants to register via the following link until April 14, 2017:

The coffee break after the pre-symposium is included and sponsored by the two Doctoral Programmes.

Programme: https://cbm12blog.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/preliminary-programme-cbm12_v2.pdf

Talente regional mit neuem acib-Projekt

Talente regional, eine von der FFG geförderte Projektschiene, vernetzt Bildungseinrichtungen und Betriebe, um SchülerInnen die spannende Auseinandersetzung mit aktuellen Themen aus Naturwissenschaft, Technik und Innovation zu ermöglichen.

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The End Of Biotechnology As We Know It

More than 400 attendees from five continents discussed trends and improvements in biotechnology at the European Summit of Industrial Biotechnology (ESIB) in Graz/Austria and talked about many topics like a dehumanized research process.

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European Summit of Industrial Biotechnology

As a platform for communication, networking and for gathering the latest knowledge in applied biotechnology, the European Summit of Industrial Biotechnology takes place from November 14 to 16 in Graz/Austria. 20 sessions cover topics from research to politics, from innovation to industrial application, from funding to the latest scientific approaches in industrial biotechnology.

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Plant Defense as a Biotech Tool

Against voracious beetles or caterpillars plants protect themselves with cyanide. Certain enzymes release the toxic substance when the plant is chewed. These HNL-called enzymes are also important for industry. acib found a new biocatalyst in a fern which outshines all other HNL-type enzymes on the market.

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Newly Discovered Metabolism Certifies Evolutionary Advantage for Yeast

Duplicate copies of genes safeguard survival of the biotech yeast Pichia pastoris in environments where only methanol is present as feed. A recently elucidated metabolism is similar to that used by plants for the utilization of carbon dioxide.

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Biologischer Pflanzenschutz gewinnt Fast Forward Award 2015

Das acib gehört zu den Gewinnern des„Fast Forward Award 2015“, des offiziellen Wirtschaftspreises des Landes Steiermark. Ebenso unter den Gewinnern: Anti-Blendfolien für LED-Leuchten, ein optischer Lebensmittel-Kontrollor, energiesparendes Bierbrauen oder Sensoren, mit denen Smartphones und Tablets künftig berührungslos bedient werden können.

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Tips for a successful EU proposal

Arno Schoevaars from the Dutch company PN Consultants has more than 20 years of experience with EU-funded projects. With his 40-member team, he can point to a success rate of 40 to 60% for approved proposals; regardless of the call! Being guest of acib, he reveals some tips for a successful EU proposal.

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Bodyguards for Precious Seeds

Naturally occurring, plant-associated bacteria as a crop protection agent are now available for use in crop protection to alleviate the contamination of soil with pesticides – arguably the most environmentally friendly way of plant protection that has been developed to date. These bacteria prevent infestations caused by fungal pathogens, promote plant growth, and increase plant resistance to pathogens.

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Groundbreaking Research Discussed

Bioprotection, biometallurgy, biocatalysis and much more – at the Science Days in South Styrian Bad Radkersburg 140 acib-researchers discussed the future of industrial biotechnology.

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Tutoring for Nature: Production of Valuable Nootkatone with Yeast

New method allows production of expensive grapefruit aroma Nootkatone biotechnologically from cheap sugar using a “turbo-yeast”. The versatile, healthy and tasty substance is used in soft drinks, pharmaceutical products or even as an insect repellent. » more

Neptune award for acib researchers

No more micro plastic in aquatic systems: acib wins awards for a project around the degradation of polymers in rivers or lakes that will lead to new biodegradable plastics.

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First Method for Continuous Purification of Valuable Antibodies

Scientists at acib and the University of Natural Resources Vienna develop world’s first continuous purification method for valuable drugs. This will lead to significantly reduced production costs and to cheaper pharmaceuticals that are affordable for non-privileged health care systems.

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100.000 Euro for Enzymes from Horseradish

A team of researchers at acib and Graz University of Technology gets a 100,000 euro funding for the development of a biotechnological production process for horseradish peroxidases. These are indispensable not only for the diagnosis.

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No. 1 in Bioprocessing

„Who are the most influential people in bioprocessing at the moment?“, asked terrapin, a world leader in business events. The winner is Prof. Alois Jungbauer, area head and key researcher at the Austrian Centre of Industrial Biotechnology.

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65 Mio Euro for Biotechnology

The Austrian Centre of Industrial Biotechnology (acib) starts with a 65 million euro budget in the 2nd funding period that ends in 2019. New in the acib partnership – among 120+ industrial and scientific partners – is the Styrian traditional company Gerot Lannach with a project against drug abuse.

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acib wins prize at largest pharmaceutical exhibition

The research center acib wins award for “Innovation in Process Development” at the world’s largest pharmaceutical and chemical exhibition CPHI 2014 with a computer search engine that discovers unknown enzyme functions. This allows new methods for production in the chemical or pharmaceutical industry.

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Green Chemistry in Focus

What would make a chemical process greener? How can we reduce the use of hazardous reagents, high energy input and minimize the production of waste? 100+ participants from the worlds leading pharmaceutical companies discussed recent developments and chances for a more environmentally friendly pharmaceutical production at a conference in Graz.

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„Enzym-Google“ Reveals Hidden Possibilities of Nature

A new search engine, including database with more than 100.000 proteins opens up totally new possibilities in the search for new enzyme functions. This “Catalophor system” is patented and was published in Nature Communications.

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Microparticles as a Protein Trap

Most medicines sold today are produced biotechnologically. A new cleaning method developed at the Austrian Centre of Industrial Biotechnology (acib) combines five purification steps and extremely facilitates the workup process. These microparticles technology is already used at Boehringer Ingelheim.

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Cell Aging Delayed

Protection against cellular aging in a natural way: Austrian researchers biotechnologically produce a valuable substance, an antioxidant more effective than Vitamin C, from olives. The patented process ensures that olives remain food and will not be used as an industrial raw material.

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acib-knowledge at Pichia 2014 Conference

The acib-expertise around Pichia pastoris is in demand internationally: The Austrian Centre of Industrial Biotechnology is prominently represented at “Pichia 2014”, the world’s largest conference about the turbo-yeast.

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The Sugar Side of Biotechnology

Sugars against spoilage of food or even for cancer protection – EU research partnership about the power of sugar relies on knowledge of the Austrian Centre of Industrial Biotechnology (acib). Funding of 800,000 € for biotech research in EU-project SUSY goes to Graz.

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Biotech to Try

Whether plastic degradation by fungi, biofuel made ​​from straw or aspirin of carbon dioxide – recently sniffed 4 classes at acib in Graz in the world of biotechnology.

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Biopaints win Innovation Award

Coatings such as those for wooden furniture contain heavy metals so far. Without them, the paints will dry very slowly. Together with the partner company Allnex Austria, researchers at the Austrian Centre of Industrial Biotechnology have developed a biopaint, in which the heavy metals are replaced by naturally enzymes. The project won an award at the Lower Austrian Innovation Award 2013.

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Hamster Genome Deciphered

A Large Step in the Treatment of Serious Diseases: Researchers from the Austrian Centre of Industrial Biotechnology (acib) have deciphered the genome of the Chinese hamster. Because its ovarian cells are the most popular vehicles for making important therapeutics, this enables the development of new, cheaper and more effective therapies.

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Highlights from Industrial Biotechnology for the 22. Century

At the acib Science Days 2013 from September 10 to 12, insights into the enormous potential of modern biotechnology wait for interested participants. 28 talks and 2 poster sessions deal with advanced, environmentally friendly, economical methods and products that will make our lives easier.

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“Pine Aroma” against Beetle Invasion

Researchers from the Austrian Centre of Industrial Biotechnology (acib) reduce the production steps for biological agents from 14 to just 3. Eco-friendly products to cope with chewing pests such as the pine weevil, bacteria or fungi can now be produced easier and more environmentally friendly than ever.

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acib reached the finals of the Fast Forward Award 2013

With the project “The Liver in Vitro” acib made it into the final of the “Fast Foward Award 2013”. With this economy price the country of Styria honors the most innovative companies in 6 categories.

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Viruses on Health’s Service

Das an sich harmlose Enzym „Npro“ spielt beim Angriff des Schweinepest-Virus eine Hauptrolle. Gleichzeitig lässt sich das Enzym perfekt für neue Herstellverfahren von medizinischen Wirkstoffen einsetzen. Die acib-Forschung hat seine Geheimnisse gelüftet und eröffnet damit nicht nur neue Möglichkeiten zum Bekämpfen des Virus, sondern auch für das Herstellen von Protein-Medikamenten.

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Houska Appreciation Award for acib Team

The use of fossile energy sources makes a significant contribution  to the rising concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere which has a negative influence on the environment (green house effect, climatic changes).  A reserach group at the Austrian centre of Industrial Biotechnology (acib) managed to use carbon dioxide as a building block for organic systems chemistry.

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Enzymes Against Dangerous Mould in Feed

Presently dangerous moulds in feed are causing a stir in the food industry. There ist, however, a way to avoid toxic  mycotoxins in feed cereals. Resarchers of the company Biomin and the Austrian centre of Industrial Biotechnology (acib) have developed a method to produce enzyme on a late scale which are able to enzymatically degrade the toxic mould. This makes feed safe – and our food, too.

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Transparent Bioprocess – Analysing the Breath of Microorganisms

Researchers from the Austrian Centre of Indsutrial Biotechnology (acib) have found a revolutionary method for a realtime assessment of the breath of microorganismsthose mircoorganisms producing agents for pharmaceutical industry.
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Multi-million EU-project in “green chemistry” for Competence Center acib

New environmentally friendly chemical production methods for drugs are the target of a 26 million Euro EU-project called CHEM21 – Chemistry for the 21st Century. The project volume of the Austrian Centre of Industrial Biotechnology (acib) is EUR 1.8 million. acib leads the promising research area “synthetic biology”.

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Biotechnology connects Slovenia and Austria

COBIK – the Centre of Excellence for Biosensors, Instrumentation and Process Control – is the second partner from Slovenia for the Austrian Centre of Industrial Biotechnology (acib). The first joint project is a highly specialized multi-day workshop on downstream techniques in April 2013 applied for biomolecule and nanoparticle purification.

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acib in the spotlight of international biotechnology

The Austrian Centre of Industrial Biotechnology (acib) presents its research in a special acib-Conference at the 15th European Congress on Biotechnology in Istanbul. Several 1000 scientists take part in the largest biotech event in Europe.

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ACIB is sponsoring an award at the Annual Meeting 2012 of the ÖGMBT

The ÖGMBT/acib PhD prize went to Matthias Hackl for his dissertation on the role of microRNAs in CHO cells.

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acib paper selected as Catalysis Science & Technology Hot Article

Kurt Fabers group has combined the ‘reductive activity of ene-reductases with the spontaneous beta-elimination of hydohalous acid from the unstable (saturated) intermediates’ in this biodegradation pathway.  Such work is important for its application to the disposal of organic halogenated materials that have negative effects on the environment.

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acib impressions
Fermenter Monitoring
Dunkle Kulturen 1
Bioreactor IFA Tulln
Take Tech 2011
hands with plate
Dunkle Kulturen 2
Labs Wien 1