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Day 1 - Tuesday 9 March

09:00 - 12:00

PhD workshop (Separate registration)

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12:00 - 13:00

Networking: Visit at booths and digital posters

Opening keynote: Using Marine Enzymes to Make Potential Pharmaceuticals

Founding a Spinout Based on Academic Technology

13:30 - 14:00

Poster presentations

14:00 - 14:30

Networking: Visit at booths and digital posters

Marine Microbiome as source of innovative drugs

State of the art in marine biotechnology applied to drug discovery under the experience of PharmaMar, a Spanish company focused in research, development and commercialization of marine derived drugs for the treatment of cancer

  • Early studies of the marine environment focused on natural products from invertebrates and tunicates have led to the isolation of several classes of bioactive natural products mainly small molecules such as polyketides and non-ribosomal peptides. However, there is an emerging suspicion, based on marine sponge/tunicate metagenomics that these compounds originally isolated from metazoan organisms are in fact of bacterial origin. The cases of pederin, ecteinascidins (trabectedin, Yondelis©) or didemnins are some examples of the role of marine microbiome as producers of bioactive metabolites with application in human medicine (oncology)
  • Currently, genomic mining for polyketide synthases (PKS) and nonribosomal peptide synthetases (NRPS) improves the probability of success in drug discovery using marine microorganisms, both in isolated genomes and metagenomes

15:00 - 15:30

Poster presentations

Day 2 - Wednesday 10 March

Keynote 2: Tara Oceans: Eco-Systems Biology at Planetary Scale

A multidisciplinary consortium, Tara Oceans, was formed around the research schooner Tara, which sampled plankton at more than 210 sites and multiple depth layers in all the major oceanic regions during expeditions from 2009-2013

  • Resources from the project collectively represent the largest DNA sequencing effort for the oceans and analyses that illustrate several aspects of the Tara Oceans’ eco-systems biology approach to address microbial contributions to macro-ecological processes
  • The project provides unique resources for several scientific disciplines that are foundational for mapping ocean biodiversity of a wide range of organisms that are rarely studied together, exploring their interactions, and integrating biology into our physico-chemical understanding of the ocean, as well as for identifying new organisms and genes of biotechnological interest
  • These resources, and the scientific innovations emerging to understand them, are furthermore critical towards developing baseline ecological context and predictive power needed to track the impact of climate change on the oceans

13:30 - 13:45

Poster presentations

13:45 - 14:15

Networking: Visit at booths and digital posters

14:15 - 15:30

Industry Session

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