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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.

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.

3rd International Conference on CRISPR Technologies

September 16-18, 2019
Presented by the Society for Biological Engineering (SBE), The CRISPR Tech 2019 conference will bring together academics and industry representatives to highlight the cutting edge of these developments and the most immediate technical and societal challenges. Submit an abstract by May 17, 2019...

December 2018 CEP Preview

December 12, 2018

This month CEP looks at pharmaceutical manufacturing trends in addition to articles on electric heat tracing systems, process intensification, distillation tower inspections, and much more.

Meet Process Engineer Jacob Albrecht

November 21, 2018

Jacob Albrecht discusses the challenging but enjoyable road to manufacturing new medicines, and the creative aspects of process engineering.

Meet Process Engineer Yangmu Liu

June 28, 2018

Process engineers are bringing improved manufacturing to the pharmaceuticals industry. Read one process engineer's take on her work in the industry.

Technical Entity Trends: CAR T-Cell Therapy Individualizes Cancer Treatment

December
2018
Technical Entity Trends
Hailey Murphy
The market for chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy is projected to be valued at almost $300 million by the end of 2018, and this number is expected to grow annually by 32% for the next decade. This method of cell therapy shows promise in...

CEP: News Update

December
2018
News Update
Army Research Lab Uses Discarded Plastic to 3D Print Supplies Researchers at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) have developed a way to use discarded plastic waste as starting material for additive manufacturing on army bases. Wristband Can...

New Products: November 2018

November
2018
New Products
Bioprocessing Sensor Performs Real-Time Cell Monitoring CITSens MeMo is an electrochemical, enzyme-based sensor that allows continuous online, in situ measurement of glucose and lactate. It is designed for use in cell culture media as well as in...

Technical Entity Trends: The Food Industry Responds to Consumer Demands

November
2018
Technical Entity Trends
Sean Liu
Consumers have grown used to having information at their fingertips, which has bred greater awareness about healthy eating and demand for transparency. The food industry must contend with global population growth that will require increased output,...

CEP: News Update

September
2018
News Update
Underwater Device Captures Deep Sea Creatures Engineers at Harvard Univ. have developed a 12-sided self-folding device capable of capturing creatures from the darkest depths of the ocean, an innovation that has the potential to revolutionize our...

CEP: News Update

October
2018
News Update
Researchers Make First Electrical Contact with Molecules In the beginning, there were room-sized computers. Over the course of mere decades, they shrank down to bulky desktops and suitcase-sized laptops. Pagers turned into chunky mobile phones by...

Catalyzing Commercialization: Unlocking the Power of RNA Interference for Insect Pest Management

October
2018
Catalyzing Commercialization
In recent decades, insects have become more resistant to pesticides. As resistance becomes more widespread, the agricultural biotechnology sector has sought viable alternatives to curtail the huge economic losses associated with insect pests. One of these alternative approaches, called RNA interference (RNAi), could be used to kill pests by silencing genes that are critical for their survival.

September 2018 CEP Preview

September 18, 2018

This month, a guide to distillation tower inspections, a close look at epigenetics, challenges for rare earth elements and other specialty metals, and much more.

Epigenetics: Making a Mark

September
2018
SBE Special Section
Gabriel Levesque-Tremblay
The epigenome is composed of modifications to DNA that determine which genes of the genome are expressed or suppressed without changing the DNA sequence.

Influence of Epigenetics on Bioprocessing

September
2018
SBE Special Section
Mark Blenner
Harnessing and applying epigenetics in bioprocessing systems may improve cell line development, productivity, and product quality.

Single-Cell Epigenomic Technology and Applications

September
2018
SBE Special Section
Chongli Yuan, Li Lin, Ana Carneiro, Junkai Xie
This article highlights developments in single-cell epigenomic monitoring and modulating tools, as well as advances in synthetic epigenetic circuits. These tools are used in important biomedical and industrial applications.

The Untapped Information of the Epigenome

September
2018
SBE Special Section
Albert J. Keung
The complexity of the epigenome suggests a wealth of untapped biological information and regulatory potential that could be game changing for cellular engineering and biomedical interventions.

Unlocking Access to DNA in Chromatin

September
2018
SBE Special Section
Cassandra M. Barrett, Karmella A. Haynes
Scientists must learn how to open and manipulate chromatin to gain complete access to eukaryotic DNA for genome engineering.

CEP: News Update

August
2018
News Update
New CRISPR Findings Raise Concerns Before Technology’s Clinical Debut A pair of studies that investigated the effect of CRISPR-Cas 9 on a key protein that regulates cell growth and protects against cancer has sent shockwaves through the growing...

Technical Entity Trends: Engineer Your Gut

August
2018
Technical Entity Trends
Sean Liu
Humans have roughly 40 trillion bacterial cells in their bodies; up to 1,000 species of bacteria live in the human gut alone. With bodies roughly made of 30 trillion human cells, you could say we are perhaps more bacteria than human. The human...

Cato Laurencin: Doing a World of Good

In this episode of the Foundation’s Doing a World of Good podcast, you'll meet Cato Laurencin who talks about his work in regenerative engineering. Listen on the Giving site or subscribe in iTunes.

Together, we are changing the world.

In this episode of the Foundation’s Doing a World of Good podcast, you'll meet Frances Arnold who talks about her work in directed evolution. Listen on the Giving site or subscribe in iTunes.

CEP: News Update

July
2018
News Update
Nanomaterials Restore Aged Canvases Researchers at Chalmers Univ. of Technology in Göteborg, Sweden, have developed a new method to provide structural support to canvas using nanomaterials. The method, called consolidation, treats the degraded...

Consider a Career in Biotech

June 26, 2018

Looking for a promising career direction? Biotech is a vast and diverse field and has growing opportunities.

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.

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...

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.

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.
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