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Gene to Vial Concept for biotechnology based healthcare molecules

  November 27, 2009  

Centre for Bio-Separation Technology, VIT University, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
07-10 February 2010

The Centre for BioSeparation Technology (CBST) at VIT University, Vellore, Tamil Nadu was established by Prof. M. A. Vijayalakshmi, with the support of Department of Science and Technology under the Intensification of Research in High Priority Areas programme, in 2005. It has strong links with Université de Technologie Compiègne, where Prof. Vijayalakshmi has more than thirty years of service dedicated to biotechnology and biotechnology teaching. CBST has a vision to be a World Class Centre dedicated to Separation Science and Technology for biopharmaceuticals of high therapeutic value and for application in biomedical technologies.

This centre, in collaboration with Society of Biochromatography and Nanoseparations (SBCN, Europe), International Society of Molecular Recognition (ISMR, USA) and Proteomics Society-India (PSI) is organizing this three day International Symposium at VIT University.

Advances in the fields of cell biology, molecular biology and genetic engineering have enabled the development of high-value therapeutic molecules like insulin and monoclonal antibodies. For efficient expression of these molecules, the choice of right expression system(s) and optimization of production conditions are essential – at both lab and industrial levels. Furthermore, validation of processes and final end products is mandatory to ensure correct administration of these products for their intended purposes.

Bio-Separation Technology is a hard core technology which is indispensable for the development of pharmaceutical, cosmeceutical and nutraceutical molecules. Separation and recovery of target molecules is still a bottleneck, and consumes about 80% of production cost. Hence, any improvement in this field will directly translate into both economy and efficiency of therapeutic molecule production. Furthermore, development, characterization and validation of biotechnology based healthcare molecules is extensively supported by proteomics, which is an indispensable tool.

In terms of health care products, the advent of Nanotechnology has added an interesting dimension for developing diagnostic tools as well as drug delivery systems.  There has been a distinct trend in miniaturization with the development of biochips and micro-fluidics for protein-protein, protein-DNA and protein-cell interaction studies, which form the basis for developing health care molecules.

One of the missions of CBST is to train Indian young scientists/students and disseminate knowledge in bioseparation and associated fields.  In this context, the symposium “Gene to Vial concept for biotechnology based health care molecules” is being organized from 7th to 10th February 2010 at VIT University. The symposium Chairman Prof. M.A. Vijayalakshmi, and Co-chairs Prof. Xavier Santarelli (President, SBCN), Prof. Gideon Fleminger (President, ISMR) and Prof. Ravi Sirdeshmukh (President, PSI), are jointly organizing this symposium to expose Technology and Networking to the research community.

Eminent experts in these multidisciplinary fields from within India and abroad will deliver plenary lectures. Short communications from young scientists, poster sessions, workshops involving producers and users, round table discussions, etc. will be organized to encourage young scientists and innovative initiatives in these emerging fields, and to promote exchanges and interactions between scientists from these diversified fields.

In a congenial atmosphere, a good opportunity will be provided for Industries, Academia and Young Scientists to interact through exhibitions, demonstrations and discussions, featuring the latest equipment available for studies in these fields.
Society of Biochromatography and Nanoseparations (SBCN) is a scientific organization founded in 1986, to work towards the development and refinement of biochromatography and bioseparation technologies. The society strongly encourages student participation in scientific meetings in biochromatography and bioseparation.
International Society of Molecular Recognition (ISMR) was founded in 1985 and conceived to foster communication between researchers concerned with molecular recognition in chemistry, biology, biotechnology and medicine. ISMR has for over 20 years been organizing the very successful biennial Affinity Conferences around the world. Active student participation is a tradition of the ISMR Affinity Conferences. One aspect of this tradition is the Younger Investigator Award, which is sponsored by Hoffmann - La Roche. The society has also been functioning as an office through which the "Pierce Award in Affinity Chromatography" (and related fields) are presented to leading scientists in the various fields of affinity technology/biorecognition.
Proteomics Society-India (PSI) was structured in 2008 to enhance the teaching component in the core areas of proteomics. It is the Indian component of the global network Human Proteome Organisation (HuPO), and is aspiring to help Indians become a part of this world structure.
Organized by: Prof. M.A. Vijayalakshmi, Director, CBST
Invited Speakers:


Prof. G. Padmanabhan

Indian Institute of Science

Bangalore, India


Dr. Alois Jungbauer

University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences

Vienna, Austria


Dr. Ales Podgornik

BIA Separation

Ljubljana, Slovenia


Dr. Anjali Karande

Indian Institute of Science

Bangalore, India 


Dr. Gideon Fleminger

Tel-Aviv University

Tel-Aviv, Israel


Dr. Juan Asenjo

University of Chile



Dr. Karsten Haupt

University de Technology Compiègne

Compiègne, France


Dr. Maurice Nonus

University de Technology Compiègne

Compiègne, France


Dr. Paramjit Khurana

Univesity of Delhi

New Delhi, India


Dr. Stefan Löfås

GE Health care

Uppsala, Sweden


Dr. Yamamoto S

Yamaguchi University

Ube, Japan

Deadline for Abstracts: December 15, 2009

Registration Fee Details


Indian Nationals

Foreign Nationals

Academic Staff/Faculty from Institutions

INR 3000

300 Euros

Industry Personnel

INR 4000

400 Euros

Students, Research Scholars & Postdoctoral Fellows

INR 1000

100 Euros

Registration Fees covers participation in scientific sessions, symposium materials and entry to all social events. Deadline for registration: January 15, 2010.

Complete registration and accommodation details are available at the symposium website (Link).

E-mail: indviji@yahoo.com
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