BIOPROSP was first organized in 2002 and over the past 14 years, it has become one of the most knowledge-rich conferences not only in the field of marine bioprospecting, but also in the field of biotechnology, attracting top talent from Europe and abroad.
Science meets industry
BIOPROSP unites scientists with industry, in order to translate basic research into applied research with industrial application.
This is an excellent international meeting place for researchers and industry representatives, as well as funding agencies and organizations.
Prior to the conference, our partners organize open workshops. Se information and enrollment at the pre-conference activities tab above.
Get insights in how to succeed with marine bioprospecting, from biodiscovery to commercialization. Join workshop 1: Marine biotech entrepreneurship: Capturing the value of scientific results
Or: Discuss collaboration possibilities on enzyme hydrolysis and marine proteins, at workshop 2) Marine proteins - latest news on enzymatic hydrolysis
Olga Genilloud, Scientific Director at Fundación MEDINA, has a PhD in Chemistry (U. Complutense, Madrid, 1988) and more than 30 years experience in microbial natural products drug discovery and microbial biology in the academic and clinical environments (Hospital Ramón y Cajal, Madrid 1984-1988; Harvard Medical School, Boston, 1987) as well as in the pharma sector with former positions at Merck & Co. in Spain (Basic Research Center, MSD, Spain, 1989-2008). In 2009 she assumed the leadership to establish Fundación MEDINA from the former R&D activities at MSD-Spain, and she currently manages the discovery programs and international collaborations with academic centers, large pharma and biotechnology companies in the identification of novel drug leads and high value biotechnological products.
Co-founder, major shareholder and Managing Director of Ocean Rainforest, which cultivates seaweed and spans the whole value chain from seeding to processing into ready to sell products. Ocean Rainforest is one of the very few companies in the world with a proven and scalable offshore cultivation system. Olavur is the Dissemination and Exploitation Manager of the European H2020 BioBased Industry project “Macro Cascade”, and the Technical Director of the US ARPA-E funded project “MacroSystems”. He has been the coordinator of the Nordic Innovation project MacroValue; and the NORA project MacroBiotech and TaraTekstil. Olavur is frequently invited as a speaker at international conferences on seaweed cultivation and growth in the blue bioeconomy. He is a member of the Nordic Bioeconomy Panel and a member of the European Blue Bioeconomy Forum Steering Group working for DG Mare in EU.
Dr. Kristinsson is the Chief Science and Innovation Officer of Matis (English.matis.is), and is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Florida and Courtesy Professor at the University of Iceland. He was previously an Associate Professor in Food Chemistry at the University of Florida. He has a PhD in Food Biochemistry, an MS degree in Food Science, an MBA and B.Sc. (hons.) in Molecular Biology. He combines over 20 years of practical experience of working in the food, biotech and functional ingredient industry with extensive commercial and research expertise in the production of various products and ingredients. He is the holder of six patents and has published over 110 peer-reviewed papers, book chapters and books. He has led numerous research and development projects funded by industry and competitive grant programs in the USA, Europe and Iceland, and currently manages several major national and international research and development projects. Dr. Kristinsson has worked with several major food companies as well as a large number of SMEs and entrepreneurs. Dr. Kristinsson has been directly involved in and founded several company start-ups in bioprocessing and functional ingredients. Dr. Kristinsson is the chair of the Nordic Bioeconomy Panel and was an appointed expert member of the first European Bioeconomy Panel from 2013-2015. Dr. Kristinsson also leads the activities of Matis in EIT Food (www.eitfood.eu), one of the largest food-related initiatives worldwide which aims for Europe to lead a global revolution in food innovation and production in the next seven years.
Professor Linington received his B.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Leeds in the UK, his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver Canada under the supervision of Prof. Raymond Andersen, and postdoctoral work with Prof. William Gerwick at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UCSD where he was a participating member of the Panama ICBG project. During this time he lived and worked in Panama City, Panama, running a semi-independent marine natural products drug discovery program. From 2007 to 2015 he was a faculty member at the University of California Santa Cruz in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Since 2015 he has been an Associate Professor of Chemistry at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada where he is also a Tier II Canada Research Chair in High-Throughput Screening and Chemical Biology. He is the recipient of several awards, including the 2014 American Society of Pharmacognosy Matt Suffness Young Investigator award. He has published 68 manuscripts, and his research program focuses on designing new screening and analytical methods for natural products discovery.
Margareth Øverland has a BSc and MSc in animal nutrition from Montana State University in Montana USA and a PhD in animal nutrition from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU). Today, she is a professor in nutrition at NMBU and she is the Center Director of a Center for Research-based Innovation (CRI), Foods of Norway. Margareths' research focus is to develop high-quality novel feed ingredients based on renewable natural resources such as tree biomass, marine macroalgae, and animal and fish co-products by use of advanced biotechnology and biorefinery technology. The research also aims to improve feed efficiency by innovative feed-processing technology and by use of advanced genomic analysis to support genetic adaptation of fish and other farm animals to the novel feed ingredients.
Dr Tom Ellis FRSC is a Reader in Synthetic Genome Engineering in the Bioengineering Department of Imperial College London with 50 publications in synthetic biology including work in Science, PNAS, Nature Methods & Nature Biotechnology. Dr Ellis is leading the UK’s effort in the world’s largest synthetic biology project: the Synthetic Yeast Genome (Sc2.0) project, and was recently appointed Associate Faculty in Synthetic Genomics by the Sanger Institute. His research focuses on design-led synthetic biology, developing genetic tools to better understand biology and program new functions including sensing, computation and biosynthesis. Dr Ellis holds a 5-year EPSRC Fellowship on synthetic biology, is on the editorial board for ACS Synthetic Biology and scientific advisory board of Addgene.org.
French National Institute for Agricultural Research (France)
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French National Institute for Agricultural Research (France)
Fayza Daboussi, Research Director at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA). After 6 years in academic laboratories, she joined a biotechnology company, Cellectis, specialized in cancer immunotherapy and genome editing technologies. Over the 6 years spent in the Cellectis Company, she has developed strong scientific expertise in the genome engineering and synthetic biology fields in various model organisms. In 2012, she was given the responsibility of a key project stemming from a partnership between Total and Cellectis to develop microalgae-based oil substitutes. In 2015, she was appointed research director at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research to create a research group focused on the development of synthetic biology in microalgae within LISBP (Biosystems and Biochemical Engineering Laboratory). In 2018, she joins the scientific committee of the preindustrial demonstrator Toulouse White Biotechnologies.
Nadine Ziemert received her Diploma and PhD degrees from the Humboldt University in Berlin, followed by a postdoc and project scientist position at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California. Since 2015, she is a Professor at the University of Tübingen, where she leads an interdisciplinary research group focusing on genome mining approaches and the evolution of secondary metabolites in bacteria and their diverse functions.