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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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-...

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...

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.

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...

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,...
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