Category: News

Clean Growth fund

The Clean Growth Strategy announced the government’s ambition to provide up to £20 million to support a new clean technology early stage investment fund.

In partnership with the private sector, the Clean Growth Fund aims to speed up the deployment of innovative clean technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, by making direct investments in companies seeking to commercialise promising technologies.

BEIS are requesting proposals from fund managers to raise and manage the fund.

Further information can be found here.

BBSRC Innovator of the Year – apply now

Do you know a brilliant BBSRC-funded researcher that deserves recognition? Innovator of the Year is once again ready to recognise and reward impact from BBSRC’s research portfolio, from commercial success to influence on public policy, from breakthrough inventions to innovative solutions to global problems.

BBSRC relies on recommendations to highlight excellent researchers and encourage them to apply – either directly or by recommending them through our website. We encourage everyone to apply, from early-career researchers who are demonstrating promising impact to experienced academics with a lifetime’s work to celebrate.

Winners of each of the four categories – Commercial Impact, Social Impact, International Impact and Early Career Impact – will receive a £10,000 award, with a further £10,000 for the BBSRC Innovator of the Year winner. Awards will be presented at a high-profile event in London in May 2019.

Further information and links to the application and recommendation forms can be found on our website here.

The application deadline is 30th January 2019

RSC Breaking the Barriers report

The RSC have published a report, ’Breaking the barriers’, which explores the barriers to women’s retention and progression in the chemical sciences and makes recommendations for action.

Talented women, interested in an academic career, are leaving the sector before reaching their full potential. Excellent female scientists who stay in academia are not progressing to senior grades in the same proportion as their male peers.

Through a major survey, interviews and focus groups, they have gathered data from across the community – giving new insights into the barriers facing women in the chemical sciences.

Read the report here

it’s time to act #ChemEquality

Future plans IBCarb.com

IBCarb will complete in January 2019 and the intention is to keep the IBCarb website running after this date as a resource for the community. However due to changes in IBCarb resources and recent GDPR rules, the members log in area will be removed from the website and the information held there moved as follows:
  • Members directory database – this will be completely removed from the website and inaccessible after January 2019;
  • Market data reports – these will be made available on the Resources page (subject to respective licensing agreements) after January 2019.
If you require any of this information we encourage you to access it via the Members page (log in required) as soon as possible and before the end of January 2019.

ERA CoBioTech 2nd call launched

The second transnational joint call for research projects within the framework of ERA CoBioTech aims to contribute to the transformation of the global economy from a dependence on fossil raw materials to a sustainable bio-based economy. Funding will be granted for a maximum of three years according to national regulations.

Research projects must be multidisciplinary and will need to address one of the following topics:

Topic A – Microbial communities (natural or synthetic), co-cultures and cascades of microorganisms for new products, value-added products and supply services and sustainable industrial processes

Topic B – Pure cultures, cell free systems and enzymes for new products, value-added products and supply services and sustainable industrial processes

The application process is one phase and the deadline for proposals is 14 December 2018

Further information can be found here:

https://bbsrc.ukri.org/research/international/engagement/era-nets/era-cobiotech/

https://www.cobiotech.eu/call-information

Synthetic Biologist position Cambridge Glycoscience

Applications are invited from talented and passionate scientists for a position leading Cambridge
Glycoscience’s synthetic biology R&D programme.

Cambridge Glycoscience is a food technology start-up. Our mission is to tackle the greatest public health crisis of modern times – excessive sugar consumption. We do this by creating functional, nutritional, and economic for sugar that function across the food industry, using cutting edge synthetic biology approaches. We operate across the value chain from lab bench and industrial production all the way to the kitchen and consumers. We have strong connections to the University of Cambridge’s Biochemistry Department. 

Event report: Glycobiotechnology 2018

Glycobiotechnology 2018 took place on Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th September 2018 in Manchester and was attended by approx. 180 IBCarb members from academia and industry.

Glycobiotechnology is an essential facet of modern industry, with broad applications in Medicine such as Biopharmaceuticals and Vaccines, Healthy Food and Renewable Biomaterials. This 2-day event celebrated advances made in glycobiotechnology over the past five years through open academic-industry partnerships within the IBCarb network. The meeting brought together professionals, academics and students working in the area of glycobiotechnology and showcased the latest developments and discussed future opportunities in glycoscience and industrial biotechnology.

Also highlighted during the meeting were the RSC Carbohydrate group and CarboMet other initiatives everyone was strongly encouraged to get involved with.

The Complex life of Sugars outreach stand was exhibited during the event. At the end of day 1, the Sweet Existence artwork was also exhibited with the artist Karen Barber in attendance.

We would like to thank everyone who participated in the event, and especially all our speakers and session chairs for delivering such a superb range of talks and discussions.

Full list of speakers and talks at the event (in presentation order):

Joachim Thiem (Glycom & Universität Hamburg) ‘Chemoenzymatic Syntheses and Inhibition Studies’

Simon Webb (University of Manchester) ‘Enzymatic Modification of Synthetic Glycolipids in Vesicle Membranes’

Jerry Turnbull (University of Liverpool) ‘Chemoenzymatic strategy for generating next-generation heparin therapeutics’

Ed Yates (University of Liverpool) ‘Seaweeds as a source of bioactive materials for wound healing’

Igor Baruskov (University of Liverpool) ‘Identification and evaluation of algal sulfotransferases for enzymatic polysaccharide modifications’

BBSRC overview – Elizabeth Saunders, Strategy & Policy Manager

Stuart Haslam (Imperial College London)  ‘Structural Glycobiology for Glycobiotechnology’

Bruce Turnbull (University of Leeds)  ‘Lectin Engineering’

Gerd Wagner (Kings College London)  ‘Chemical Glycoengineering of IgE Antibodies’

Andrew Powell (Liverpool John Moore University) ‘Investigating Skin-Antibiotic Activities of Heparin: Priming Heparin-Based Industrial Biotechnology’

Barbara Pfister (ETH Zurich) ‘Recreating Starch Synthesis in Yeast’

Dani Ungar (University of York) ‘Modelling Glycan Processing Reveals Golgi-Enzyme Homeostasis in Different Cellular States’

Graham Stafford (University of Sheffield) ‘Oral microbiology and glycoenzymes’

Andrew Laws (Huddersfield University) ‘Probiotic Polysaccharides’

Federico Sabbadin (University of York) An Ancient Family of Lytic Polysaccharide Monooxygenases with Roles in Arthropod Development and Biomass Digestion’

Frederique Lisacek (Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics) ‘Glycoinformatics: A Toolbox for Bridging Glycoscience with Multiple – Omics’

Vincent Bulone (KTH Royal Institute of Technology) ‘Structural diversity and biosynthesis of fungal and oomycete cell wall polysaccharides’

Gavin Miller (Keele University) ‘Building blocks for Designer Alginates’

Martina Lahmann (Bangor University) ‘Synthesis of C-glycoconjugates as tools for biological investigations’

Matthew Gibson (Warwick University) ‘Glycosylated Nanomaterials; Design and Application’

Paul Dupree (University of Cambridge)  ‘Detailed enzymic characterization of Gum Odina polysaccharide, and scale up of components for later studies of functionality’

Eleanor Binner (University of Nottingham) ‘Microwave-assisted depolymerisation of an algal polysaccharide’

Nathalie Juge (Quadram Institute Bioscience) ‘Biological role and application of intramolecular trans-sialidases from gut symbionts’

David Green (Scottish Association for Marine Science) ‘Identifying novel enzymes for the modification of a marine algal polysaccharide’

Seung Lee (University of Southampton) ‘Development of hyper-activity glycosynthase for high value glycosides’

Darren Smith (Northumbria University) ‘Metagenomics as a tool for the rapid discovery of novel glycosyltransferases’

RuAngelie Edrada-Ebel (University of Strathclyde) ‘Development of high-value compounds from Bacillus licheniformis’

Timothy Douglas (University of Lancaster) ‘Mineralized polysaccharide hydrogel biomaterials for bone tissue regeneration’

Adélaïde Raguin (Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf) ‘Stochastic modeling of starch granule biogenesis’

Jolanda van Munster (University of Manchester) ‘Sweet spots for fungal lignocellulose degradation; Surface analysis tools to identify activity of Aspergillus niger and its enzymes on plant biomass’

PhD positions Marie-Curie ITN ‘NanoCarb’

2 vacancies as part of the Marie-Curie Innovative Training Network ‘NanoCarb’ are available in the lab of Professor Matt Gibson at Warwick University. This is a trans-european collaboration to investigate biomedical application of glycosylated nanomaterials and will have signifcant travel and international collaboration opportunities with academics and industry.

Position 1. Glyco and polymer chemistry. Synthetic-based PhD to undertake the synthesis of glyconanoparticles and the biophysical testing of their function. Chemistry background needed.

Position 2. Recombinant production of carbohydrate-binding proteins and investigation of their function. Biology/Biochemistry Background.

There are strict Mobility Criteria for these positions; At the time of recruitment, the applicant must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc…) in the country of the host institution (employer) for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to his/her recruitment under the project. Compulsory national service and/or short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.

Contact Professor Matt Gibson, including your CV if you want more information m.i.gibson@warwick.ac.uk

 

PhD positions Marie-Curie ITN ‘PoLiMeR’

PhD positions available in experimental and computational sciences for the
Marie-Curie Innovative Training Network “PoLiMeR’ Polymers in the Liver – Metabolism & regulation’.

PhD student 1: Kinetic analysis of enzymes in glycogen metabolism
Host organisation: John Innes Centre, Norwich UK*
Contact: Professor Rob Field (Rob.Field[at]jic.ac.uk)

PhD student 2: Structural analysis of glycogen from in vitro models and patients with Glycogen Storage Diseases
Host organisation: Iceni Diagnostics, Norwich UK*

Contact: Dr Stephan Goetz (stephan.goetz[at]icenidiagnostics.com)

See here for details and to apply.

Glycobiotechnology 2018 – final program

Glycobiotechnology 2018 is taking place in Manchester on 3rd & 4th September 2018.

See here for more details. The full program is below.

Day 1 – Monday 3rd September 2018

9.30 -10.30 Arrival, Registration & Refreshments

Session 1 Chair: Sabine Flitsch, University of Manchester

10.30 – 10.40 Welcome & Introduction – Sabine Flitsch – IBCarb Director

10.40 – 11.10 Invited Speaker: Joachim Thiem (Glycom & Universität Hamburg) ‘Chemoenzymatic Syntheses and Inhibition Studies’

11.10 – 11.25 Short talk: Simon Webb (University of Manchester) ‘Enzymatic Modification of Synthetic Glycolipids in Vesicle Membranes’

11.25 – 11.40 Short talk: Jerry Turnbull (University of Liverpool) ‘Chemoenzymatic strategy for generating next-generation heparin therapeutics’

11.40 – 11.55 Short talk: Ed Yates (University of Liverpool) ‘Seaweeds as a source of bioactive materials for wound healing’

11.55 – 12.10 Short talk: Igor Baruskov (University of Liverpool) ‘Identification and evaluation of algal sulfotransferases for enzymatic polysaccharide modifications’

12.10 – 12.25 BBSRC overview – Elizabeth Saunders, Strategy & Policy Manager

12.25 – 13.55 Lunch

Session 2 Chair: Nathalie Juge, Quadram Institute Bioscience

13.55 – 14.10 Short talk: Stuart Haslam (Imperial College London) ‘Structural Glycobiology for Glycobiotechnology’

14.10 – 14.25 Short talk: Bruce Turnbull (University of Leeds) ‘Lectin Engineering’

14.25 – 14.40 Short talk: Gerd Wagner (Kings College London) ‘Chemical Glycoengineering of IgE Antibodies’

14.40 – 14.55 Short talk: Andrew Powell (Liverpool John Moore University) ‘Investigating Skin-Antibiotic Activities of Heparin: Priming Heparin-Based Industrial Biotechnology’

14.55 – 15.25 Invited speaker: Barbara Pfister (ETH Zurich) ‘Recreating Starch Synthesis in Yeast’

15.25 – 16.10 Refreshments & Networking

Session 3 Chair: Stuart Haslam, Imperial College London

16.10 – 16.25 CarboMet Horizon 2020 project overview – Sabine Flitsch, Coordinator

16.25 –16.40 Short talk: Dani Ungar (University of York) ‘Modelling Glycan Processing Reveals Golgi-Enzyme Homeostasis in Different Cellular States’

16.40 – 16.55 Short talk: Graham Stafford (University of Sheffield) ‘Oral microbiology and glycoenzymes’

16.55 – 17.10 Short talk: Andrew Laws (Huddersfield University) ‘Probiotic Polysaccharides’

17.10 – 17.25 Short talk: Federico Sabbadin (University of York) ‘An Ancient Family of Lytic Polysaccharide Monooxygenases with Roles in Arthropod Development and Biomass Digestion’

17.25 – 17.55 Invited Speaker: Frederique Lisacek (Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics) ‘Glycoinformatics: A Toolbox for Bridging Glycoscience with Multiple –Omics’

17.55 – 18.05 Closing remarks day 1

Evening reception

18.05 – 20.00 Networking buffet & ‘Sweet Existence’ art exhibition with Karen Barber

Day 2 – Tuesday 4th September

Session 4 Chair: Steve Eichhorn, University of Bristol

9.00-9.05 Welcome to day 2

9.05 – 9.35 Invited speaker: Vincent Bulone (KTH Royal Institute of Technology) ‘Structural diversity and biosynthesis of fungal and oomycete cell wall polysaccharides’

9.35 – 9.50 Short talk: Gavin Miller (Keele University) ‘Building blocks for Designer Alginates’

9.50 – 10.05 Short talk: Martina Lahmann (Bangor University) ‘Synthesis of C-glycoconjugates as tools for biological investigations’

10.05 – 10.20 Short talk: Matthew Gibson (Warwick University)  ‘Glycosylated Nanomaterials; Design and Application’

10.20 – 10.35 RSC Carbohydrate Group overview – Matt Gibson, Chair

10.35 – 11.20 Refreshments & Networking

Session 5 Chair: Bruce Turnbull, University of Leeds

11.20 – 11.35 Short talk: Paul Dupree (University of Cambridge)  ‘Detailed enzymic characterization of Gum Odina polysaccharide, and scale up of components for later studies of functionality’

11.35 – 11.50 Short talk: Eleanor Binner (University of Nottingham) ‘Microwave-assisted depolymerisation of an algal polysaccharide’

11.50 – 12.05 Short talk: Nathalie Juge (Quadram Institute Bioscience) ‘Biological role and application of intramolecular trans-sialidases from gut symbionts’

12.05 – 12.20 Short talk: David Green (SAMS) ‘Identifying novel enzymes for the modification of a marine algal polysaccharide’

12.20 – 12.35 Short talk: Seung Lee (University of Southampton) ‘Development of hyper-activity glycosynthase for high value glycosides’

12.35 – 14.05 Lunch

Session 6 Chair: Rob Field, John Innes Centre

14.05 – 14.20 Short talk: Darren Smith (Northumbria University) ‘Metagenomics as a tool for the rapid discovery of novel glycosyltransferases’

14.20 – 14.35 Short talk: RuAngelie Edrada-Ebel (University of Strathclyde) ‘Development of high-value compounds from Bacillus licheniformis’

14.35 – 14.50 Short talk: Timothy Douglas (University of Lancaster) ‘Mineralized polysaccharide hydrogel biomaterials for bone tissue regeneration’

14.50 – 15.05  Short talk: Adélaïde Raguin (Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf) ‘Stochastic modeling of starch granule biogenesis’

15.05 – 15.35 Invited speaker: Jolanda van Munster (University of Manchester)  ‘Sweet spots for fungal lignocellulose degradation; Surface analysis tools to identify activity of Aspergillus niger and its enzymes on plant biomass’

15.35 – 15.45 Closing remarks day 2

15.45 – 16.30 Refreshments & Networking