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Society for Biological Engineering (SBE)

SBE is a global technological community that promotes the integration of engineering with biology and realize its benefits through bioprocessing, biomedical, and biomolecular applications. SBE provides opportunities for interaction of engineers and scientists, develops products and services bring value to the broad biological engineering community, and infuses awareness of biological engineering among all functions and activities of AIChE.

Forest Bioproducts Division (FBP)

The Forest Bioproducts Division promotes knowledge sharing and networking on topics dealing with products obtained from forest resources and other lignocellulosic materials.

2018 AIChE Annual Meeting

October 28 - November 2, 2018
The AIChE Annual Meeting is the premier educational forum for chemical engineers interested in innovation and professional growth. Academic and industry experts will cover wide range of topics relevant to cutting-edge research, new technologies, and emerging growth areas in chemical engineering.

5th Conference on Constraint-Based Reconstruction and Analysis (COBRA 2018)

October 14-16, 2018
Established and new members of the COBRA community are invited to COBRA 2018 to discuss the latest developments in Constraint-Based Reconstruction and Analysis. The conference will be supported by the International Metabolic Engineering Society and the Institute for Systems Biology, chaired by Professor Nathan Price, and will be held at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel in Seattle, Washington, USA, from 14 to 16 October 2018.

Metabolic Engineering 12

June 24-28, 2018
The Metabolic Engineering Conference is the world-leading conference to share premium developments and achievements in the field. The theme of this year's conference is systems metabolic engineering for superior bio-production. The conference is chaired by Christoph Wittmann and Oskar Zelder.

CEP: News Update

June
2018
News Update
Dragonflies Inspire a New Way To Create and Dry Aerogels When a dragonfly emerges from its underwater larval stage and stretches out its wings for the first time, those wings are as soft as jelly. But after a mere hour or so, they are solid and...

Profile: Innovating Plant-Based Vaccines and Therapeutics

April
2017
Profile
“Bringing a new product to market is never an easy task,” says Marc-André D’Aoust, Vice President, Research and Innovation, of Medicago. “At Medicago, we’re developing new products, such as influenza virus-like particles (VLPs), manufactured in a...

Technical Entity Trends: CRISPR: Editing Genes One Sequence at a Time

June
2018
Technical Entity Trends
Keith Joseph
The technology known as CRISPR — clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats — has taken the field of synthetic bioengineering by storm. It emerged as a gene-editing tool only five years ago, but has become a familiar presence in the lab.

2019 AIChE Annual Meeting

November 10-15, 2019
The AIChE Annual Meeting is the premier educational forum for chemical engineers interested in innovation and professional growth. Academic and industry experts will cover wide range of topics relevant to cutting-edge research, new technologies, and emerging growth areas in chemical engineering.

May 2018 CEP Preview

May 18, 2018

This month, brush up on the essentials of continuous evaporation, learn new uses for hydrofoil impellers, enjoy the special section on translational medicine, and more.

Going Small Is Big: Creating Organoids for Regenerative Medicine

May
2018
SBE Special Section
Ogechi Ogoke, Mitchell H. Maloy, Saber Meamardoost, Natesh Parashurama
Organoids are a promising tool to replicate key structural and functional features of human organs. Recent developments in organoids to model the liver, biliary tract, and pancreas have the potential to advance regenerative medicine.

Recent Advances in Hydrogels for Tissue Engineering

May
2018
SBE Special Section
Samad Ahadian, Houman Savoji, Ali Khademhosseini
Hydrogels could play an important role in the fabrication of functional tissues for regenerative medicine. This article describes the developments in polymer chemistry, nanomaterials, molecular biology, and microscale technologies that are spurring advances in hydrogel fabrication.

Curtailing Antibiotic Use in Livestock Production

May
2018
SBE Special Section
Yiannis N. Kaznessis
For decades, livestock producers have routinely administered antibiotics to animals to make them grow faster or as a preventive treatment against disease. This may be contributing to the increasing number of humans being infected by antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Researchers are now searching for viable alternatives.

SBE Special Section: Translational Medicine (Complete 44-Page Section)

May
2018
SBE Special Section
Engineering the Precise Translation of Novel Medicines; From Data to Diagnosis: The Search for Biochemical Markers of Autism Spectrum Disorder; Designing Drug Delivery Systems for Articular Joints; Curtailing Antiobiotic Use in Livestock Production; Recent Advances in Hydrogels for Tissue Engineering; Going Small is Big: Creating Organoids for Regenerative Medicine; Direct Production of Engineered Cardiac Tissue within Hybrid Biomaterials

Designing Drug Delivery Systems for Articular Joints

May
2018
SBE Special Section
Brett C. Geiger, Alan J. Grodzinsky, Paula Hammond
No disease-modifying drug exists for osteoarthritis due to poor drug delivery within joints. Engineered biomaterials could address this challenge by improving the duration and targeting of therapies.

Direct Production of Engineered Cardiac Tissue within Hybrid Biomaterials

May
2018
SBE Special Section
Morgan Ellis, Elizabeth Lipke
The human heart contains highly specialized cells that are especially vulnerable to damage because they lack regenerative capabilities. This article describes a novel method for encapsulating and directly differentiating induced pluripotent stem cells in hybrid biomaterials to form cardiac tissue.

Engineering the Precise Translation of Novel Medicines

May
2018
SBE Special Section
The field of bioengineering has placed engineers at the frontier of human health. In fact, medical schools at Univ. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Texas A&M, and other universities are developing programs with an “engineering-centric medicine” approach.

CEP: News Update

April
2018
News Update
Researchers Create Nanocarbons from Food Waste New rubber composites can be generated from an unusual source: food waste. Portable Test Helps Farmers Find Soil Pathogens Before It’s Too Late A new system for testing the DNA in soil lets farmers find...

Books: April 2018

April
2018
Books
The Future of Humanity: Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond Earth Michio Kaku, Doubleday, New York, NY, $29.95, 368 pages, Feb. 2018, ISBN: 978-0-385-54276-0 Moving human civilization beyond Earth’s bounds is...

New Products: April 2018

April
2018
New Products
Filtration and Separations Dust Filter Meets Sanitary Standards The Hygienic Round Top Removal (HRT) filter is a pulse-jet filter designed for dust collection in low-capacity pneumatic conveying systems. The unit has a top-hinged dome and uses snap-...

First Complete Human Genome within Sight

March 20, 2018

Researchers announced this week that they are closing in on producing the first complete and accurate linear map of a human Y chromosome centromere.

Expo Preview: INTERPHEX 2018

March
2018
New Products
INTERPHEX is an annual event dedicated to showcasing pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical innovation, technology, and knowledge. It brings together over 11,000 global pharmaceutical and biotechnology professionals for exhibitions, education,...

CEP: News Update

March
2018
News Update
Vaccine Boosts Immune System Response to Cancer Cancer can be difficult to treat because its highly proliferative cells spread throughout the body, effectively evading the immune system’s surveillance. One opportunity that scientists are pursuing...

Profile: Engineering Microbial Chemical Factories

February
2018
Profile
Kristala Jones Prather, the Arthur D. Little Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), is developing promising strategies for designing and assembling new biosynthetic pathways in engineered microbes. She...

Technical Entity Trends: Your Experiences Leave a Mark

February
2018
Technical Entity Trends
Gabriel Levesque-Tremblay, Sean Liu, Amro Tambal
Epigenetics — the study of how our actions and experiences mark or modify our DNA — can explain some unusual genetic findings.

Your Experiences Leave a Mark

February 13, 2018
Epigenetics — the study of how our actions and experiences mark or modify our DNA — can explain some unusual genetic findings.

Biomanufacturing for Chemical Engineers

eLearning (online) Course
Working in a biopharmaceutical or vaccine company? Review the unit operations used to manufacture biological products with this online course.

CEP: News Update

February
2018
News Update
AIChE’s Initial Placement Survey: The Class of 2017 A new batch of chemical engineers entered the workforce in early summer last year. AIChE conducted its Initial Placement Survey in July 2017 to learn where those graduates were heading. Annual...

New Products: February 2018

February
2018
New Products
Heat Transfer Condensing Boiler Has a Flexible Design for Easy Field Access The Free Flex condensing boiler has a 95% thermal efficiency and a weld-free construction. The heat exchanger can be easily accessed in the field for cleaning. The boiler is...

CEP: News Update

January
2018
News Update
New Technique 3D Prints Living Materials Although most 3D printers produce objects from inorganic matter, an international team of scientists has developed a way for their prints to take on a life of their own. Engineers Put Two-Dimensional...

Announcing A Community of Process Engineers

January 26, 2018

We're looking for process engineers across all industries to join a community dedicated to them. Sign up now to have online discussions or share your profile.

New Products: January 2018

January
2018
New Products
Instrumentation Frequency-to-Analog Converter Allows Programming from Smartphones The FAC-R frequency-to-analog converter changes incoming sensor frequency to both current and analog voltage output. It interfaces with frequency output sensors and...

Technical Entity Trends: Innovate for a Better Future

January
2018
Technical Entity Trends
Lucy Lyudmila Alexander, Hailey Murphy, Amro Tambal, Derrick Wu
Steve Jobs is quoted as saying, “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” AIChE’s Technical Entities, which cover a wide variety of topics that include food, energy, water, sustainability, and biological engineering, are at the...

Biolubricants Development, Formulation and Friction Test

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
March 28, 2017
Biolubricants have exhibited a lot of advantages over the conventional lubricants: excellent lubricity, minimizing of corrosion of metal surfaces,...

Ice Cream Engineering

Archived Webinar
Aug 10, 2016
Ice cream is a multi-phase system. That means the engineering principles applied to making ice cream also apply to other industries, including pharmaceuticals, chemicals, and consumer products. This webinar explores how phase transitions are controlled to create structural aspects of ice cream that...

Advancing the Design-Build-Test Cycle for Metabolic Engineering of Yeast

Archived Webinar
Feb 24, 2016
Metabolic Engineering relies on the Design-Build-Test cycle. This cycle includes technologies like mathematical modeling of metabolism, genome editing and advanced tools for phenotypic characterization. In recent years there have been advances in several of these technologies, which has enabled...

Introduction to Surfactants

Archived Webinar
Dec 9, 2015
This session is a basic introduction to the types of surfactants found in industry, their properties, and how those properties translate into improved performance in specific applications. Surfactants can be found in a wide range of products we use every day such as personal care products, cleaners...

Hydrolysis Kinetics of Woody Biomass: Surface Renewal

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
November 11, 2015
Woody biomass is known to be composed of three major components: cellulose, lignin and hemicellulose. Cellulose is the most stable natural polymer in...
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