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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.

December 2016 CEP Preview

December 7, 2016
This month, CEP features a look at business planning, as well as pump sizing, reducing process safety risks with the bow-tie diagram, and much more.

Books: December 2016

December
2016
Books
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race Margot Lee Shetterly, William Morrow, New York, NY, $27.99, 368 pages, Sept. 2016, ISBN: 978-0-062-36359-6 During the labor...

Graphene Detects Brain Cancer Cells

December 20, 2016
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have used graphene to identify a single hyperactive cancerous brain cell, according to a report published this week. The...

Interview: Ann L. Lee of Genentech & Roche

November 15, 2016
The 2016 D.I.C. Wang Award Lecture for Excellence in Biochemical Engineering was presented to Ann L. Lee. Ann is the senior vice president of Gen entech, and global head of pharma...

Study Points to Therapeutic Cancer Vaccine

December 30, 2016
Researchers at the University of Michigan have had a significant breakthrough in creating a customized therapeutic vaccine for treating colon and melanoma cancer tumors in mice...

Leadership Q&A: Leading a Business from Startup to Scaleup

November
2016
Leadership Q&A
Genomatica, a bioengineering technology leader, has successfully grown past its startup phase and has established a presence in the chemical industry. It has raised over $100 million in financing, built partnerships with some of the largest global...

Technical Entity Trends: Optimize Production through Metabolic Engineering

November
2016
Technical Entity Trends
Gabriel Levesque-Tremblay
Metabolic engineering is an emerging research field that focuses on optimizing genetic and regulatory processes within cells to increase the cells’ production of a particular substance. Metabolic engineering techniques can be used to redirect...

2016 Annual Meeting Honors Ceremony Recap

November 14, 2016
The 2016 Institute and Board of Directors’ Award winners were given at the Honors Ceremony at the Annual Meeting in San Francisco. These are among AIChE’s most prestigious awards...

Books: November 2013

November
2016
Books
The Wealth of Humans: Work, Power and Status in the Twenty-First Century Ryan Avent, St. Martin’s Press, New York, NY, $26.99, 288 pages, Sept. 2016, ISBN: 978-1-250-07580-2 We are in the midst of an industrial revolution. Digital technology is...

Catalyzing Commercialization: DNA Sequencing: A New Diagnostic Tool for the Oil Industry

November
2016
Catalyzing Commercialization
The U.S. oil industry is trying to do more with less, as operators seek to maximize reservoir production during a period of low oil prices. Producers are looking for cost-effective technology advances that can give them a competitive advantage to maintain profitability. One such technology may come from an unlikely source: the Human Genome Project.

Human Platelets Generated in Vitro

July 23, 2014
Researchers have successfully created a bioreactor that generates human platelets in vitro, potentially addressing blood transfusion needs worldwide.

April 2016 CEP Preview

April 7, 2016
This month, tips for including water conservation in your energy-management program, an introduction to mammalian cell culture, pointers for preventing caking of bulk solids, and...

Startup Hits Bio-Crude Production Milestone

November 27, 2012
After hundreds of millions of dollars in venture capital funding and stock market IPOs, second-generation biofuels still hadn't moved beyond small pilot plants, despite rosy...

Synthetic Biology Produces Green Nanowires

July 18, 2016
Scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have developed a biological nanowire that could help make nanoelectronics greener. The scientists have genetically designed a...

Man Creates Synthetic Life

July 29, 2010
When you think of synthetic life, how many of you conjure up an image of Bishop 341-B, from the 1986 science fiction film Aliens or do you think of the largely genetic focused...

Electrofuels: Better Than Biofuels?

August 4, 2011
You know biofuels, but what about electrofuels? Electrofuels are a category of highly efficient biofuel production schemes whereby algae and other microorganisms utilize solar-...

Drew Berry: Animations of unseeable biology

January 19, 2012
Drew Berry, a 2010 MacArthur fellow, is a biomedical animator who creates scientifically accurate and stunning animations to illustrate how molecules in our cells move and...

A New View of Cancer

July 27, 2012
For decades, researcher Mina Bissell pursued a revolutionary idea: a cancer cell doesn't automatically become a tumor, but rather, depends on surrounding cells for cues on how to...

April 2015 CEP Preview

April 3, 2015
Career Catalyst Humanitarian Chemical Engineering A broader view of ethics and professional responsibility considers the engineer’s impact on humanity. Read this article now...

SBE Supplement: Synthetic Biology - SBE Update: The Expanding Synthetic Biology Toolbox

September
2016
SBE Special Section
Darlene Schuster
Synthetic biology is growing in both interest and impact. This developing field combines techniques from such disciplines as genetic engineering, molecular engineering, systems biology, and computer engineering. The scientists and engineers who work in this field design and construct novel biological entities (e.g., proteins, genetic circuits, metabolic pathways, etc.) and redesign existing biological systems.

Advances in Algal Biorefineries II [On Location]

October 19, 2011
Algae and plant oils have shown great promise towards answering the energy density question, but I am reminded of a 3-step business plan that I encountered in school: Step 1 –...

Natural Ecosystem Unit Operations [On Location]

November 13, 2013
Working with a plant site's existing natural resources, chemical engineers can harness ecosystems to mitigate undesirable plant outputs and reduce or eliminate the need for...

Skin Cream that Repairs DNA

July 13, 2012
The cosmetics industry has long touted creams that miraculously penetrate the skin to renew and invigorate, but generally speaking, the skin is a rather tough barrier that resists...

Immune Cells Engineered to Resist HIV

January 23, 2013
Researchers at Stanford have devised a new way of engineering key cells of the immune system to resist HIV, according to a report issued yesterday by the university.

Graphene Shows Potential as Bone Implant Material

September 6, 2016
Research suggests that flakes of graphene welded together into solid materials may have potential for use as bone implants. The team of researchers behind the discovery used spark...

Nanofiber Designed to Combat Heart Attacks

September 1, 2011
Northwestern University researchers have created a nanomaterial that could help the body generate new blood vessels to potentially prevent heart attacks, the top killer of both...

Kitchen Biochemistry – Fermented Foods

September 18, 2012
Fermentation once provided a valuable method of preserving perishable items, providing nutritious food throughout the year. Read more about these wonderful biochemistry...

Women in Chemical Technology: Nancy Chang

July 28, 2014
Nancy Chang left her home in Taiwan at age 19 and set off for America to study. With the decision to study biology, she took the first step in a long journey that led to a highly...

Synthetic Membranes that Grow Like Living Cells

June 24, 2015
This week, a group of chemists and biologists working at the University of California San Diego announced that they have designed and synthesized an artificial cell membrane...

Read First Articles in New Open-Access Journal

May 4, 2016
If you've not yet had a chance to read the latest articles in the new journal Bioengineering & Translational Medicine , the first six articles are available free on the Wiley...

SBE Launches the Daniel I. C. Wang Award

April 17, 2012
The Society for Biological Engineering is happy to announce the launch of the Daniel I. C. Wang Award for excellence in biochemical engineering. This award is to show great...

December 2012 CEP Preview

December 10, 2012
This month CEP looks at biological chemical engineering, focusing on the intersection of nanotechnology and biology. In this month's preview your also have access to the full text...

Photo Highlights from 2015 Honors Ceremony

November 9, 2015
The 2015 Institute and Board of Directors’ Award winners were given at the Honors Ceremony at the Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City. These are among AIChE’s most prestigious awards...
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