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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.

Inventing the Biofuel Future – We Can Have Biomass for Fuel and Eat it Too

Archived Webinar
Oct 22, 2009
Surrounded by a world filled with the fruits of innovation and invention, pessimists generally forget or ignore the role these forces are likely to play in the developing biofuel industry. For example, they cannot seem to imagine how economic profitability and environmental improvement can be...

Industrial Systems Biology

Archived Webinar
Aug 25, 2009
Cell factories are used extensively to produce many specific molecules used as pharmaceuticals, fine chemicals, fuels, materials and food ingredients. Through the use of directed genetic modifications of cell factories – an approach referred to as metabolic engineering – it is possible to develop...

Designing Efficient Metabolic Networks for Biofuels Production

Archived Webinar
Jun 25, 2009
Biotechnological processes depend to a large extent on the productivity of the organisms used. Recent advances in systems biology and bioinformatics have made it possible to rigorously analyze the functioning of complex metabolic networks using first principles. Such analysis provides a valuable...

Grand Challenges in Sustainable Biofuels Production

Archived Webinar
Apr 22, 2009
It is now clear that, for many reasons, corn has serious limitations as feedstock for biofuel production. While cellulosic biomass can potentially provide a sizable fraction of the US liquid fuel needs for transportation, current technologies must be further improved to realize cost-competitive...

Body-on-a-Chip -- A Tool for Predictive Pharmacology/Toxicology

Archived Webinar
Mar 31, 2009
In this presentation, Professor Mike Shuler details his work to understand the response of the human body to various pharmaceutical and environmental chemicals using a combination of whole body modules and micro models Professor Shuler’s research focuses on microfabricated devices combined with...

Systems Biology: Open Challenges and Opportunities for Chemical Engineers

Archived Webinar
Jan 20, 2009
Systems biology involves the analysis of multiple scales of 'control' in biological networks, from the regulation of gene transcription to the homeostatic regulation of metabolism in the whole body. These natural control circuits are paragons of optimality: over millennia, they have been honed to...

"Junk" RNA May Actually Be Functional

March 2, 2017
While widely seen as "junk" RNA, human non-coding RNAs may actually be functional, according to findings resulting from the recently completed atlas of human long non-coding RNAs.

New Products: March 2017

March
2017
New Products
Measurement Equipment Level Transmitters Provide Accurate Measurements in Challenging Applications The Model 2290 unguidedwave radar transmitters and Model 2291 guided-radar transmitters incorporate advanced radar-sensing technology designed for...

Tattoos as Diagnostic Devices

August 15, 2011
There's not much sexy—let alone unobtrusive—about many of today's medical monitoring devices, given the many wires and electrodes that are often needed to collect data from a...

New Breath Monitor Detects Flu Virus

February 13, 2017
A new tool has been developed to sniff out the flu: a hand-held breath monitor that detects the flu virus. The invention is the work of Perena Gouma, a professor in the Materials...

The Chemistry of Thanksgiving

November 25, 2010
There's a lot of chemistry behind any dinner but last year the American Chemistry Society (ACS) put together this excellent video that features Diane Bunce, Ph.D., presenting The...

Nanostraw Tool Samples Cells without Destruction

February 23, 2017
Using nanostraws, scientists can now sample cell contents without disrupting a cell's natural processes. The new tool was developed by researchers at Stanford, and it is hoped...

INTERPHEX Expo Preview

February
2017
New Products
INTERPHEX is an annual event dedicated to showcasing pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical innovation, technology, and knowledge. It brings together over 12,000 global pharmaceutical and biotechnology professionals for exhibitions, education,...

Technical Entity Trends: A Cure May Stem From Your Cells

February
2017
Technical Entity Trends
Gabriel Levesque-Tremblay
Before her first birthday, Layla Richards was diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia. After chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant failed to cure her, she was treated in 2015 with engineered T-cells. The treatment eradicated all traces of...

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.

Little Bio-Machinery to Solve Grand Challenges

January 3, 2017
As we approach ICBE 2017, which begins this weekend in San Diego, we look back at some of the exciting research that figured among 2016's highlights and look forward to the new...

Human Skin Successfully Created on 3D Printer

January 25, 2017
Researchers at Spain's Carlos III University of Madrid unveiled a 3D bioprinter prototype that creates fully functional human skin. The skin is suitable not only for industrial...
Magnified view of the Drosophila melanogaster fruit fly

Fruit Fly Finding Could Fight Human Cancers

January 26, 2017
Researchers at Indiana University Bloomington have discovered that a molecule related to some forms of cancer and neurodegenerative disorders is also present in developing...

New Products: January 2017

January
2017
New Products
Environmental, Health, and Safety Adsorbent Makes Use of Glass Waste The Green Glass Adsorbent Technology is made of recycled LCD-panel glass. This unique material adsorbs heavy metal ions from industrial wastewater, and then desorbs the ions so...

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.

The Heart Beats Again?

February 21, 2012
Researchers at the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute in Los Angeles just peeled back some of the mystery shrouding the heart to prove the potential for stem cell use in repairing heart...

November 2013 CEP Preview

November 12, 2013
This month, a special supplement on biochemical engineering with a focus on the work of D. I. C. Wang, founder of the Society for Biological Engineering (SBE).

June 2016 CEP Preview

June 14, 2016
This month a special SBE supplement looks at commercializing industrial biotechnology.

First the Google Glass, and Now Google Contacts?

January 21, 2014
Unlike the Google Glass, Google's contact lens should not be scary to anyone. Developed as a blood glucose monitoring device, millions of diabetics could benefit from the lens.

Systems Metabolic Engineering Breakthrough

March 19, 2010
Professor Sang Yup Lee at the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) led the team that engineered E. coli to produce PLA. They developed a one-stage process...

Researchers Grow Living Tissue in Lab

June 11, 2011
NPR's Science Friday recently reported about researchers at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center who are growing living tissue in the lab. Using existing tissue from lab animals...

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.
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