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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.

From Biomass to Biofuels: Breaking the Cellulose Barrier

Archived Webinar
Oct 5, 2011
Cellulases are of considerable current interest for converting the cellulosic content of biomass to fermentable sugars for biofuels production. To facilitate the enzymatic conversion of biomass to sugars, pre-treatment processes at high temperatures, low pH, and even in ionic liquids are candidates...

Microengineered Hydrogels for Stem Cell Bioengineering and Tissue Regeneration

Archived Webinar
Aug 23, 2011
Micro- and nanoscale technologies are emerging as powerful tools for controlling the interaction between cells and their surroundings for biological studies, tissue engineering, and cell-based screening. In addition, hydrogel biomaterials have been increasingly used in various tissue engineering...

Providing Energy to a Growing World: Bio-Gasoline and High-Efficiency Engines

Archived Webinar
Jun 9, 2011
Dr. Holtzapple describes the challenges of providing energy to a growing world. To address energy needs, he shows how the MixAlco process converts waste biomass into bio-gasoline. Further, he explains how to reduce the need for gasoline by using a high-efficiency StarRotor engine.

Engineering and Health Care

Archived Webinar
May 16, 2011
Dr. Langer discusses the involvement of engineering in health care, from the discovery of the first angiogenesis inhibitors to the development of controlled drug delivery systems and the foundation of tissue engineering.

Tapping into the Chemistry of Beer and Brewing

Archived Webinar
Apr 6, 2011
This webinar puts the complexity of malting and brewing into readily accessible terms. Anyone interested in understanding the journey from grain, hops and yeast through to the world’s favorite alcoholic beverage will gain a new appreciation for the skill that goes into making a product with such...

Biomaterials for Stem Cell Tissue Engineering

Archived Webinar
Apr 5, 2011
Stem cells have become a promising cell source in the tissue engineering field. Intense studies have been focused at the cell and molecular biology levels on understanding the relationship between stem cell growth and terminal differentiation in an effort to control these processes. Recent...

New Technologies from Engineered Chimeric Proteins

Archived Webinar
Mar 21, 2011
We engineer designer fusion proteins that combine domains and functions from unrelated proteins and enzymes. In bioseparations, we have combined a previously developed pH-sensitive self-cleaving protein with a variety of purification tags to produce simple and economical methods for purifying...

Cybernetic Approach to Metabolic Modeling

Archived Webinar
Mar 10, 2011
Cybernetic modeling has evolved for well over two decades. This seminar seeks to: (i) introduce its basic tenets, (ii) expound its relationship to other approaches to modeling metabolism, and (iii) to reveal its unique dynamic capabilities. The framework is shown to provide eloquent support for...

Cell Therapy Bioprocessing

Archived Webinar
Feb 8, 2011
As cellular therapies are advancing through clinical development and getting closer to market, close collaborations between stem cell biologists, clinical cell processing technologists, and bioengineers will be required for effective commercialization of this new class of drugs. New cell production...

Towards Genome Engineering in Chinese Hamster Ovary Cells

Archived Webinar
Dec 14, 2010
Worth over $30 billion, therapeutic proteins, produced by recombinant mammalian cells, have been the fastest growing class of medicines in industrialized nations. Their importance in the health industry in the next decade will be ever greater as their reach expands, improving the quality of life of...

Mixture DOE and Design Space

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
November 10, 2010
Present a case study on mixture DOE involving five components used to formulate a pharmaceutical tablet. The goal is to achieve a sustained release...

Gene Regulation by MAPK Substrate Competition

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
November 9, 2010
Introduction Traditional view of pattern formation in the early Drosophila embryo is essentially one-dimensional: The anterior, posterior, and...

Stochastic Simulations of the Tetracycline Operon

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
November 9, 2010
The tetracycline (tet) operon is a robust self-regulated system. It is found naturally in bacteria where it confers resistance to antibiotic...

Evolving Biological Engineering

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
November 8, 2010
In 2010, SBE awarded the James E. Bailey Award, endowed by Cytos Biotechnology, to Dr. Harvey Blanch of the University of California - Berkeley, for...

A System Approach to Astrocytoma Progression

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
November 8, 2010
Astrocytomas are brain cancers that account for 75% of neuroepithelial tumors. Accurate diagnosis is required for adequate treatment and assessing...

Multi-Scale Agent-Based Modeling of Human Endotoxemia

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
November 8, 2010
The systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) often accompanies critical illness but is evoked by many stimuli e.g. infection, trauma, invasive...

QbD for Generic Drugs: Oral Suspensions

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
November 7, 2010
The presentation will be focus on the approach for systematic development of oral suspensions. Suspension is a complex dosage form in which coarse...

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