Editorial: ESBES – European Society of Biochemical Engineering Sciences



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The latest ESBES special issue on “Biochemical Engineering Sciences” is edited by Prof. Guilherme Ferreira (Chairman, ESBES) and Prof. Alois Jungbauer (co-Editor-in-Chief, Biotechnology Journal). This special issue comprises the latest research in biochemical engineering science presented at the 9th ESBES Conference held in Istanbul, Turkey in 2012.

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The 9th European Symposium on Biochemical Engineering Science in Istanbul, held jointly with the 15th European Congress on Biotechnology, was yet another impressive evidence of the prolific activity of ESBES. Biochemical engineering is an important discipline within biotechnology. Biochemical engineering science has its roots in chemical engineering science. While computer-aided process design and process control is well developed in chemical engineering, in biochemical engineering these disciplines are still lagging behind. Feedstock in biotechnology is very complex and thus a detailed understanding of the unique biochemical and the biophysical properties of biological molecules is needed to develop, optimize and control processes and applications. The systems as such are too complex to be directly applied to industry. New disciplines such as metabolic modelling and metabolic engineering together with systems biotechnology helps to obtain insight into processes at subcellular and molecular levels. Also, molecular simulation, advanced biophysical instrumentation, and material science have brought engineering in the area of downstream processing to a new level.

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As with Biotechnology Journal's previous issues on biochemical engineering science [1, 2], in this issue we again cover the latest trending topics in biochemical engineering. Maria C. Cuellar et al. [3] review the large-scale production of diesel-like biofuels and provide insight to process design that in turn influences strain development. The work of Gruber et al. [4] is an interesting example of biocatalysis using native hosts (in this case Candida tenuis and Pichia stipites) as whole-cell catalysts, which significantly shortens process development time. In the area of biopharmaceutical technology we have several manuscripts on new separation technologies such as convective chromatography media for antibody purification [5] and stimuli-responsive magnetic nanoparticles for monoclonal antibody purification [6]. Bioreactor design is in particular important for new cellular products using stem cells. Stem cells are difficult to cultivate and reactor design has a substantial impact on the quality of the cellular product [7]. We also contributed work from our own laboratories: a review on host cell protein analyses important for the design of separation processes [8] and a research article describing a novel method based on acoustic signals to study cell adhesion [9], which has not only applications in the biomedical area but also in bioprocessing engineering.

“ESBES now stands for the European Society of Biochemical Engineering Sciences”

Importantly for ESBES, this year it became its own independent entity, and the acronym ESBES now stands for the European Society of Biochemical Engineering Sciences. This was officially announced recently at the 2nd European Conference of Applied Biotechnology (ECAB) at The Hague, the Netherlands. ESBES is governed according to the same model as the European Federation of Chemical Engineering (EFCE). Specifically, ESBES is a nonprofit association with the objective of promoting co-operation in Europe for the general advancement of biochemical engineering sciences.

Our next activity will be the 10th ESBES Conference in Lille, France in 2104 and the joint meeting with the EFCE at the 3rd ECAB and 9th ECCE, which will be held in Nice, France in 2015. For further information on ESBES and its activities we invite you to visit our homepage (www.esbesweb.org). We would be pleased to see you in one of our events and invite you to actively contribute to our Society. We are also very proud to have Biotechnology Journal as our official journal and we want to thank our editorial team for the professional and quick handling of our manuscripts for better and more efficient dissemination of our research results.

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Prof. Guilherme Ferreira, Chairman, ESBES

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Prof. Alois Jungbauer, Co-Editor-in-Chief, Biotechnology Journal