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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 Food Innovation and Engineering (FOODIE) Conference

December 8-10, 2019
The Food Innovation & Engineering Conference (FOODIE), hosted by AIChE’s Food, Pharmaceutical & Bioengineering Division (Division 15), will offer a chance for people from multiple disciplines (including food engineers, neurobiologists, physiologists, members of supply chain, and more, as well as chefs, restauranteurs, and foodies alike) to network and share ideas to improve the food world.

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.

AfroBiotech Conference 2019

October 27-29, 2019
The AfroBiotech Conference, hosted by the Society for Biological Engineering, will highlight the achievements of African Americans in biotechnology, inspire a new generation of diverse biotechnology professionals and identify, communicate, and explore current advancements in various aspects of Biotechnology.

Emma Rawlins on Stem Cell Engineering

October 15, 2019

A preview of the work Emma Rawlins of the Gurdon Institute, University of Cambridge, will discuss at the upcoming 7th International Conference on Stem Cell Engineering in Barcelona.

October 2019 CEP Preview

October 14, 2019

Get great advice on implementing ISO 50001, check out the special section on industrial biotechnology, delve into Canada's chemical industry, and much more.

Developing the Next Generation of Sustainable Biomaterials

October
2019
SBE Special Section
Jeroen F. Visjager, Ritu Bansal-Mutalik, Alex Patist
Inspired by nature, one company is using advanced biotechnology techniques to develop new textiles and materials that raise the bar for sustainability.

Industrial Biotechnology Inspires and Innovates

October
2019
SBE Special Section
The industrial biotechnology community spans industry, national laboratories, academic institutions, and investors in the private equity and venture capital (VC) space. From small startups to established multinationals, companies in this field are pushing boundaries and developing game-changing innovations.

Meeting the Needs of the Cell-Based Meat Industry

October
2019
SBE Special Section
Elliot Swartz
Commercialization of cell-based meat products at economically viable prices will require significant innovations, presenting new challenges and opportunities for industrial biotechnologists.

New Tools from the Microbial World for Agriculture and Beyond

October
2019
SBE Special Section
Kelly Smith
By 2050, crop production will need to increase by more than 70% to sustain the world’s growing population. To meet this target, novel crop protection strategies must be developed and implemented. One biotech company is leading the charge in generating biological products for disease and pest control in crops.

CEP: News Update

October
2019
News Update
AIChE Diversity Report Highlights Gaps in Inclusion Researchers at the Univ. of Michigan (UM) recently published a study that examines the experiences of women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and...

SBE Special Section: Industrial Biotechnology (Complete 26-Page Section)

October
2019
SBE Special Section
Industrial Biotechnology Inspires and Innovates; Building Successful Startups in Industrial Biotechnology; Developing the Next Generation of Sustainable Biomaterials; New Tools from the Microbial World for Agriculture and Beyond; Meeting the Needs of the Cell-Based Meat Industry; Scaleup and Commercialization of a Gas Fermentation Technology

Building Successful Startups in Industrial Biotechnology

October
2019
SBE Special Section
Joško Bobanović
Industrial biotech startups are typically founded by technical individuals — engineers and scientists with little experience in the world of business. This article describes ways to avoid some of the pitfalls that budding startups face.

Shining a Light into the Unknown

September 17, 2019

Optogenetics is opening new doors, thanks to discoveries about how neurons function and their role in various conditions and behaviors.

CEP: News Update

September
2019
News Update
Taking Chemical Engineering into the Solar System Human space exploration was launched by intrinsic curiosity and intrepid scientists, but it was precipitated by a political rivalry of global proportions. Microfluidics Monitor Sickle Cell Disease...

Technical Entity Trends: Shining a Light into the Unknown

September
2019
Technical Entity Trends
Dejuanah Collymore
The neural circuits that dictate natural behavior are still largely a mystery to neuroscientists, as they have been unable, until recently, to manipulate — and thus study — living neurons. The traditional method of neuronal manipulation uses...

Cell Free Systems Conference

December 4-6, 2019
The Cell Free Systems Conference will focus on understanding, harnessing and expanding the capabilities of biological systems without living intact cells. Abstract Deadline: Thursday, October 31, 2019 Submit an Abstract Registration Info Conference Flyer

MMAIChE and Their Winning Brew

July 25, 2019

The AIChE Beer Brewing Competition is not only fun, but it has also proven a good way to energize local sections. It's also a way to help improve the next craft brew.

Singapore’s Food for Thought

July 23, 2019

Food waste is a problem most nations have yet to solve, but Singapore has taken a number of important steps others can learn from to make food waste more sustainable.

David Segal on Epigenetic Editing

July 11, 2019

Hear David's predictions for the future of gene editing, and learn about his work to develop epigenetic editing as a therapy for neurological disorders.

July 2019 CEP Preview

July 9, 2019

A look at commissioning smart technology equipment, an intro to vapor intrusion, cutting costs and emissions with combustion control, and more.

Avoid Sulfolane Regeneration Problems

July
2004
Reactions and Separations
Donald F. Schneider
The regeneration of sulfolane, a common extraction solvent, is difficult. With proper attention to design and operation, problems can be minimized.

CEP: News Update

August
2019
News Update
New Report Looks to the Future of Separation Science The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) has released a new report detailing a research agenda for the future of separation science. The memo outlines major...

New Products: July 2019

July
2019
New Products
Heat Transfer Stirring Hot Plates Handle Corrosive Materials These corrosion-resistant, multiposition, stirring analog hot plates are suitable for acid digestions and can be used with most corrosive solutions. The 12-in. (305-mm) square ceramic...

Improve Regeneration of Adsorbent Beds

October
2018
Reactions and Separations
Tom Lessard, P.E., Sarah Skillern
Evaluating adsorbent bed process design and regeneration procedures can provide opportunities for optimization, ultimately reducing operating costs and emissions.

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.

CEP: News Update

July
2019
News Update
AI Gives the Fragrance Industry a New Nose In recent years, artificial intelligence (AI) has found its way into the fragrance industry. The union sometimes seems at odds with the world of scent, which is often tied to human emotion. Yet, as the...

CEP: News Update

June
2019
News Update
Could Cannabis Help Treat Brain Disease? Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-psychoactive compound derived from cannabis, lacking the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) that gives marijuana users a carefree high. CBD has become wildly popular for recreational...

Technical Entity Trends: Artificial Intelligence Marks A New Drug Lifecycle

June
2019
Technical Entity Trends
Expedito Segovia
A wave of change is spreading across many industries due to technological advances enabled by artificial intelligence (AI) and automation. The pharmaceutical industry is no exception and is harnessing AI tools for new drug discovery and development...

Time-Scale Analysis: A Process Intensification Tool

Archived Webinar
Oct 16, 2019
When developing chemical process modules or analyzing a plant flow-sheet diagram one needs a tool to recognize the elements of the process where process intensification is needed and in what...

Jack Szostak on Synthetic Biology [Interview]

February 27, 2019

Jack Szostak shares his hopes for what synthetic biology can accomplish and what attendees can expect from the rich conversation about synthetic biology at the SEED conference.

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