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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.

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...

Designing Drug-Delivery Nanoparticles

September
2016
On The Horizon
Aaron Anselmo, Samir Mitragotri
Nanoparticles for drug delivery can be better designed by modeling the body as unit processes connected by the vascular system. Each organ and organ function can be represented as a unit process on organ-on-a-chip devices.

Advanced X-Ray Jump Starts Drug Design

January 24, 2012
The anti-cancer drug Zelboraf (vemurafenib) recently received FDA approval, but it was front page news when the drug, designed to disrupt malignant melanoma, was so successful...

Slideshow: 6th Annual ICBN

July 27, 2012
Nikala Gigliotti, an undergraduate in biomolecular engineering at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, attended the 6th annual International Conference for Bioengineering and...

Arsenic: “King of Poisons” in Food and Water

May 15, 2013
For centuries, arsenic has been known to be a classic poison, causing deaths of many historic figures. While now just a murder-mystery cliché to many, arsenic is still actually...

Bioconversion of Methane

April 29, 2014
Developing biological processes that yield bio-fuels that that are devoid of oxygen moieties, and thus don't need to be upgraded, is some of the current work that is going on at...

2011 ICBE: Metabolic Modeling [On Location]

January 24, 2011
Costas Maranas from Pennsylvania State University and Herbert Sauro from the University of Washington each spoke about their research efforts to simplify and standardize genomic...

Genomatica: 15 Year Journey (and counting)

Conference Presentation
Metabolic Engineering Conference
June 15, 2014
As a founder and CEO, Christophe Schilling has led Genomatica from a developer of metabolic engineering tools to a position of leadership in biotech...

Advances in Biofuel Technologies

Conference Presentation
AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
April 29, 2009
Papers on biodiesel production advances. Please Note : Advances in Biofuel Technologies -- Spring Meeting 2009 includes the following recorded...

Catalyzing Commercialization: New Process Makes Spider Silk in Many Forms

August
2016
Catalyzing Commercialization
The strongest fiber found in nature is a silk made by spiders known as orb weavers. Unfortunately, spiders have two flaws: They are territorial and cannibalistic, making it impossible to farm them like silkworms to produce massive quantities of silk...

Sustainable R&D for new Technology in Start Ups

Conference Presentation
Southwest Process Technology Conference
October 10, 2014
Often Start Ups develop technology for building block chemicals from renewables. DOE has a list of 12 such building blocks, such as glucaric acid,...

Scientific Design's Integrated Ethanol to EO/ EG Process

Conference Presentation
Southwest Process Technology Conference
October 9, 2014
There has been a renewed interest lately in non-petroleum derived feed stocks for many chemical processes. Among the fermentation-derived feed stocks...

On the Modeling of Oral Drug Delivery

Conference Presentation
AIChE Annual Meeting
November 1, 2012
On the Modeling of Oral Drug Delivery Naresh Pavurala, Luke E.K Achenie Department of Chemical Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State...

Systems Biology and Synthetic Biology

March, 2009
The genomic revolution has opened up systematic investigations and engineering designs for various life forms. Systems biology and synthetic biology are emerging as two complementary approaches, which embody the breakthrough in biology and invite application of engineering principles. Systems...

SBE Special Section: Biopharmaceuticals - Continuous Processing in Upstream Operations

December
2015
SBE Special Section
Chun Chen, Chetan T. Goudar, Huong Le
Perfusion technology offers many benefits over fed-batch processing, such as reducing the size of the bioreactor, which reduces capital costs and enables the use of single-use bioreactor technology. Despite these advantages, a shift to continuous perfusion will likely be gradual.

Understand Discrete Nanoscale Transport

June
2008
On The Horizon
Anh-Tuan Dinh, Samir Mitragotri, Chinmay Pangarkar
Unlike mass, energy and momentum transfer, which are described by continuum equations, the movements and interactions of the nanoscale entitites within a cell constitute the transport phenomenon known as discrete nanoscale transport (DNT).

Fulfilling the Promise of Nanomedicine

February
2006
SBE Special Section
Rita D'Aquino with Tim Harper, Cristina Roman Vas
Leveraging nanotechnology in the life science industries has given scientists new tools with which they have the potential to transform the world of medicine.

Supplemental Nanobiotechnology Tables

February
2006
SBE Special Section
These tables offer a snapshot of the many companies, research organizations and universities working in nanotechnology, nanoscience, nanobiotechnology and other variations of the term that has been coined to describe a revolutionary approach to...

Applications in Drug Delivery and Tissue Engineering

February
2006
SBE Special Section
Ali Khademosseini, Robert Langer
Nanotechnology is an emerging field that could potentially make a major impact on human health. Nanomaterials promise to revolutionize medicine and are increasingly used in drug delivery or tissue engineering applications.

Engineering Organs: Heart and Esophagus

December
2007
SBE Special Section
Buddy D. Ratner
The potential for tissue engineering to transform the practice of medicine is enormous. Chemical engineers will play important roles in this revolution.

Bioseparation Basics

October
2014
Back To Basics
Roger G. Harrison
Bioseparations are critical to the field of biochemical engineering. Each bioseparation process must be tailored to separate, purify, or recover the desired bioproduct. This article gives an introductory overview of filtration and chromatography — two key bioseparation unit operations.

Stem Cell Engineering 101

November
2010
SBE Special Section
Jonathan Monk
Stem cells are poised to transform medical treatments for a host of diseases and malignant conditions. Translating stem cell research into clinical therapies, disease models, and drug-screening platforms will require a combination of sound science...

Piloting Bioreactors for Agitation Scale-Up

February
2008
Reactions and Separations
Gregory T. Benz
This article offers guidance on how to design appropriate experiments to measure scalable data for agitation in both aerobic and anaerobic bioreactors.

Biorefinery Process Economics

October
2005
SBE Special Section
Gregory M. Bohlmann
With oil and natural gas prices surging, bio-based feedstocks are becoming increasingly competitive. This article examines, in depth, the technical and economic aspects of the biorefinery concept.
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