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    Georg M. Guebitz

    Austrian Biotechnologist, grad. 1993 and Ph.D. 1996 Graz Univ. Technology. He has spent one year in Central America investigating upgrading of byproducts from oil seed plant processing. As an Erwin-Schroedinger Fellow, he developed enzyme based strategies for lignocellulose processing at Univ. British Columbia, Canada from 1996–1998. This work demonstrated the potential of enzymes to replace toxic chemicals and to lower energy consumption in polymer processing thereby reducing the negative environmental impact. Back at TU–Graz and later as a full professor at Univ. of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna and head of the Institute of Environmental Biotechnology he created a large network in enzyme based polymer processing. He participated in 26 European projects and coordinated 11 out of which. His achievements in the development of environmentally friendly processes resulted in various awards, 12 patents and more than 250 peer reviewed publications.

    Artur Cavaco–Paulo

    is a Professor at the Department of Biological Engineering at the University of Minho, Portugal. He graduated in Chemistry from the University of Lisbon in 1986 and completed his PhD from theUniversity of Minho in 1995. He has published over 240 publications in various areas such as fiber bioprocesses and biomedical and cosmetic formulations. In 2005, he received an Excellency Award from the Portuguese Science Foundation.

    Gianluca Ciardelli

    has a Master Degree in Chemistry summa cum laude, from the University of Pisa (1994). In 1997 he received the PhD in Natural Sciences from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) of Zurich on synthetic degradable polyurethanes for biomedical applications. He moved in 1997 back to Italy, where he started its activities at Tecnotessile in Prato, a private company for applied research, until June 2002. From 2002 and 2004 he was assistant professor at the University of Pisa at the Department of Chemical Engineering, Industrial Chemistry, Materials Science. In December 2004 he joined the Department of Mechanics at the Politecnico di Torino as associated professor. He became Full Professor in 2011. He has been scientific coordinator of a 4FP EU project, scientific unit coordinator of 2 Eu Streps Projects (5–6 FP) and 2 national Projects (PRIN). He is currently coordinator of a national project (PRIN) on relevant organ Models for the INvestigation of age related Diseases (MIND), involving research units in 11 Italian universities/research centers (Total Budget 2 M€). He is also managing or has recently managed 4 ERA–Net projects funded by the European Commission, 5 regional Projects, 1 Vigoni Project. Most of these projects have strong intersectorial character with involvement of the biomedical industry. Gianluca Ciardelli is coordinating a group of 15 people on average (Graduate Students and Post–docs, with an interdisciplinary background ranging from chemical, biomedical engineering and chemistry) carrying out research in the development of biomedical polymers and realisation of scaffolds for tissue engineering, drug delivery in nanomedicine, molecular recognition. He is currently teaching at bachelor (Chemical Bioengineering), Master (Bionanotechnology, Engineering in Regenerative Medicine, Biomimetic Systems), and Ph.D Level (Biomimetic and Bioinspired Systems: Applications in Biomedical Engineering) at Politecnico di Torino and in the course of Micro and Nanosystems at the University of Pisa. He has been organizers of one national and one international conference. He is the author of over 110 peer reviewed international papers, 9 book chapters and of 12 patents (of which 4 international), the h–index is 26.

    Lucia Gardossi

    is associate professor of organic chemistry and head of the Laboratory of Applied and Computational Biocatalysis. She obtained its PhD in Medicinal Chemistry at the University of Trieste (1995). From 1989 to 1991 she was associate researcher at the Department of Chemistry of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, USA). In 2007, she co-founded of SPRIN S.r.l. Her research interests are: biocatalysis and the application of computational methods to enzyme investigation, biocatalyzed synthesis and modification of polymers, and enzyme immobilization and development of new materials for enzyme immobilization. From 2009 to 2012 she was scientific coordinator of the FP7 project "IRENE" (In silico Rational Engineering of Novel Enzymes).
    Currently, she is member of the Advisory group for Social Challenge 2 of Horizon 2020 that covers Bioeconomy, Food, Agriculture, Marine research. Active inside different European and National boards dealing with bioeconomy and sustainability. Member of the Italian scientific board supporting the national delegation for the Horizon 2020 program on SC2. Italian representative inside the scientific board of ESAB (European Section of Applied Biocatalysis) of the European Federation of Biotechnology (EFB). Author of about 90 articles on international scientific journals/books and 4 patents.

    Richard A. Gross

    He is currently a Full Professor and a Constellation Chaired Professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). His research is focused on developing biocatalytic routes to biobased materials and other biochemicals. Current research programs include whole-cell routes to biosurfactants, ω-hydroxylation of fatty acids, protease-catalyzed peptide synthesis, biosynthesis and modification of bacterial cellulose, natural polymer derived hydrogels for biomedical applications, engineering cutinase for polymer transformations and biofibers for biocomposites. He has over 500 publications in peer reviewed journals, been cited about 19,000 times, edited 7-books and has 26 patents (granted or filed). He was the recipient of the 2003 Presidential Green Chemistry Award in the academic category. In 2010 he was the Turner Alfrey Visiting Professor and in 2014 he became a Fellow of the ACS Polymer Division. He founded SyntheZyme LLC in 2009 and serves as its Chief Technology officer. In addition, he Directs an Industrial University Cooperative Research Center at RPI entitled Biocatalysis of Macromolecules (CBM).

    Andreas Heise

    received his PhD in Polymer Chemistry from the University of Hannover (Germany). After a postdoc in a joint position at the IBM Almaden Research Center and Stanford University (USA), he moved to DSM Research (Netherlands) where he held an industrial senior scientist position until 2008. In 2008 he was awarded a Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Stokes Senior Lecturer position under which he established a Polymer Research Group at Dublin City University. He is also holding a Research Fellow position at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and an Honorary Lecturer position at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI). His research interests are in functional biopolymers and nanomaterials for advanced applications as well as sustainable polymers. He coordinated several interdisciplinary EU Marie Curie networks in the area of sustainable polymers and biomaterials and is currently leading a national project on Translational Research in Polymeric Nanomedical Devices (TREND).

    Tzanko Tzanov

    is leader of the Group of Molecular and Industrial Biotechnology at the Universitat Polit√®cnica de Catalunya (UPC). He is a chemical engineer with large internationally acquired experience in biochemical functionalisation of (bio)polymers for industrial and biomedical applications, bioremediation of industrial effluents, enzymatic synthesis, polymerisation and coating. His post–doctoral research has been granted with Marie Curie and Ramon y Cajal fellowships. Dr. Tzanov has been participating in numerous industry–driven European research projects in the area of applied biotechnology, nanotechnology and health, several national and industry–funded projects, the CYTED programme for collaboration with Latin America, and the European research network COST. The "bio" component is an integral part of his research — bio–tools (enzymes), bio–processes and bio–materials are used to design functional coatings and textiles, cosmetic formulations, nano/micro drug delivery systems, medical and diagnostic devices, antimicrobial/antibiofilm strategies, bioactive and composites materials.

    Manfred Zinn

    heads the research group Life and Bioresource Technologies at HES–SO Valais (Sion, Switzerland). Dr. Zinn is particularly interested in bioprocesses with prokaryotes and eukaryotes. His core activity is the tailor–made biosynthesis of polyhydroxyalkanoates in bacteria for industrial and medical applications. With respect to bioprocesses he is designing and optimizing diverse cultivation methods (batch, fed–batch, chemostat, two–stage chemostat, biofilm chambers) and is familiar with up–scaling of fermentation from agar plate to pilot scale (300 L). State–of–the–art in process controlling (on–line analytics) has been developed in his group to assess the performance of cells and bioprocesses. Prof. Zinn has published more than 56 publications in peer reviewed journals, 9 book chapters and proceedings, and filed 3 patents.


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