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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.

Will One-cent Lab on a Chip Revolutionize Diagnostics?

February 7, 2017

Thanks to microfluidics, electronics and inkjet technology, researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have developed a new process for creating reusable lab-on-a-chip technology tha

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 patient. But that may be about to change. A professor of materials science has created an "electronic tattoo" that can monitor various body functions

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 Chemistry of Thank

Researchers Create “Neon” Sign and Biosensor from E. Coli

January 10, 2012

Using a biopixel display composed of millions of living E.coli bacterial cells that fluoresce in unison like a blinking Las Vegas neon sign, bioengineers at UC San Diego have created a bacterial sensor that can easily detect low levels of arsenic.

A report from E3 2010: The Midwest’s Premier Energy, Environment and Economic Conference

December 14, 2010

Researchers, students, government officials, and nonprofit and business leaders from Minnesota and across the nation attended E3 2010, Tuesday, November 30 at the Saint Paul RiverCentre. This year’s conference focused on the intersection among innovative technologies and policies, environmental benefits, and emerging market opportunities in the renewable energy sector.

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,...

Bioremediation: Cleaning Up Oil Spills to Spilled Beer -- Sorry Brawny

September 20, 2010

Just when events in the Gulf seemed dire, almost Biblical, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, (an apt Old Testament pun) reported that oil from the BP spill was rapidly breaking down. Many scientists were skeptical-- it smelled like spin. The post-Exxon Valdez consensus was directly challenged.

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...

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...

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 developments to be unveiled at ICBE 2017.
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 Drosophila melanogast

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

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...

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.

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.

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, honoring eminent chemical engineers for career accomplishments, service to society, and service to the Institute. See details and photos!

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...

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.

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...

Newly Engineered Yeast Overcomes Major Biofuel Hurdle

January 5, 2011

Researchers have engineered a strain of yeast that can be used to produce ethanol far more efficiently than previously possible. The new yeast's potential lies in its ability to simultaneously consume two types of sugar—glucose and xylose—from biomass.

The Evolution of Drug Delivery

February 19, 2014

Recent years have brought massive changes in drug delivery, and biological engineers are at the forefront.

Nanodiamonds Show Promise for Cancer Drug Delivery

January 27, 2015

Researchers at the National University of Singapore (NUS) have discovered that nanodiamonds can be used to effectively deliver chemotherapy drugs and eliminate chemoreisistant cancer cells.

Production of Biofuels from Giant Miscanthus [On Location]

March 18, 2011

The plant giant miscanthus (GM), a grass of Japanese origins, is proving to be a viable contender for a land-efficient biomass source of biofuels. A patented hybrid has been developed that can yield 25 tons/acre (5 times more that switchgrass), and produces a bio-oil that can be used as boiler fuel, further processed into other fuels or value added products, or reformed to generate hydrogen.

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.

May 2012 CEP Preview

May 11, 2012

This month's issue of CEP focuses on bio-based materials, looking at both the opportunities and challenges. You'll also find in this issue a guide to intellectual property for ChE's, updates on the latest news, and much more.

Computer Simulations Unlock Molecular Cell Membrane

December 22, 2014

Just a few days ago, an article appeared in the journal Science announcing a major breakthrough: artificial transporter proteins that can carry individual atoms across the membrances that pr

2011 ICBE: Stephen Turner on SMRT Technology

January 26, 2011

Stephen Turner from Pacific Biosciences spoke as an invited speaker in the Biomolecular Probes as Diagnostic and Therapeutic Reagents Session. His company has developed single-molecule, real-time (SMRT) technology to visually watch DNA polymerase enzyme activity during replication.

Understanding Biotech Basics

August 9, 2011

Need to understand biofuels better?

Thanks to an exhibit called Science in American Life at the National Museum of Natural History, you can. In this video, you'll meet four researchers who will acquaint you with the basics of biotechnology as it relates to health, agriculture, genetics, and fuel.

Tar Sands CO2 Emissions Could Feed Algae Biofuel

May 23, 2013

Canada is betting on carbon capture and storage (CCS) to reduce the environmental footprint associated with making fuel from oil sands, but one of the country's largest oil-sands producers is building an algae bioreactor to recycle CO2 to produce biofuels and other products such as fertilizer.

Purdue University wins YCOSST P3 Award

May 8, 2014

Purdue's Biowall entry took home the prize, with an ingenious design that improves indoor air quality thanks, in part, to plants' ability to purify air.

Technology Can Stop the Zika Virus, but Should It?

February 9, 2016
If you could eradicate the Aedes aegypti mosquito responsible for spreading the Zika virus in the Americas, would you? And should you? Those are some of the big questions being tossed about among biologists, ecologists, public health experts, and others today because the technology exists to bid farewell to the pesky mosquito.

Intel Employees Grow Algae By Harnessing their Arizona Chip Fab's Carbon Dioxide

April 27, 2011

Intel's on an roll. Just in time for Earth Day, their huge, Arizona chip fab was the first semiconductor manufacturing company to receive LEED certification for its entire campus. The improvements that led to the new LEED classification came from Intel employees, and, as the whole idea of sustainability gains momentum at Intel, many new ideas are starting to come from outside the research lab.

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