Launch of an industrial biotechnology infrastructure strategy

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The overarching aim of the infrastructure project IBISBA (Industrial Biotechnology and Synthetic Biology Accelerator, www.ibisba.eu) is to provide a novel environment that will accelerate the production of knowledge and the applications in industrial biotechnology. Building on scientific and technological excellence and synergy with industry partners, IBISBA will generate proofs of concept prototypes, new methods and standards and create an environment for the training of tomorrow's industrial biotechnology professionals. The overarching aim of the infrastructure project IBISBA (Industrial Biotechnology and Synthetic Biology Accelerator, www.ibisba.eu) is to provide a novel environment that will accelerate the production of knowledge and the applications in industrial biotechnology. Building on scientific and technological excellence and synergy with industry partners, IBISBA will generate proofs of concept prototypes, new methods and standards and create an environment for the…
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Edoardo Saccenti won the Kowalski Prize 2017 for Best Application Paper in Statistics/Chemometrics

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Covariances Simultaneous Component Analysis: a new method within a framework for modeling covariances  Published in the Journal of Chemometrics (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/cem.2707/epdf).   The motivation for the Prize is that the paper represents “an important work in the field of -omics with a significant likelihood that COVSCA will become widely used” and that “has the potential to find wide application in metabolomics and systems biology”  
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Thesis Award for four excellent Wageningen theses

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Four students from Wageningen University have received a Thesis Award from the University Fund Wageningen. Annelieke Wentzel won the Overall Thesis Award for MSc thesis, which the jury assessed as excellent. The other students who won the Thesis Awards were Shenglue Huang, Bas Groeneveld and Michiel Karrenbelt. (more…)
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Wageningen 2014 iGEM team awarded second best team in the Giant Jamboree final

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The Wageningen 2014 iGEM team, The BananaGuards, were very successful in the international iGEM competition in Synthetic Biology. At the Giant Jamboree (http://2014.igem.org/Giant_Jamboree) in Boston, USA, the team had first to present their project in the Food and Nutrition track. After all 245 teams had presented their projects, the judges selected the Wageningen team as one of the three iGEM finalists based on the overall excellence of the entire project. In the Jamboree final the team had to present their project to all judges and participants, in total more than 2500 people! They were awarded the following prizes: -      First runner-up overall (Second best) -      Best project in the Food and Nutrition track -      Best poster Furthermore, the BananaGuards met all the requirements to qualify for the gold iGEM medal.…
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Successful Symposium on Systems Biology for Food, Feed, and Health

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Tuesday, June 24th over 90 people participated in the Symposium Systems Biology for Food, Feed, and Health in Hotel Wageningsche Berg. This symposium was organised by the Wageningen Centre for Systems Biology. Eight renowned scientists covered topics on different biological levels: from intracellular regulations via formation of cell tissue to the dynamic behaviour of ecosystems. The symposium was opened by Prof. Jaap Molenaar who presented the specific approach to Systems Biology at Wageningen University and closed by Prof. Vitor Martins Dos Santos who gave an overview about the development of the European Systems Biology infrastructure.  During the poster session students had the possibility to present their research. WCSB symposium Jaap Molenaar, Wageningen University The Wageningen approach to Systems Biology Dolf Weijers, Wageningen University Genetic control of patterning and growth in…
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Science paper published

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On April 5th 2013 an article was published in Science magazine with the title: Archaeal (Per)Chlorate Reduction at High Temperature: An Interplay of Biotic and Abiotic Reactions. This article has been written by Martin Liebensteiner and Alfonds Stams from the Laboratory of Microbiology and Peter Schaap of the Laboratory of Systems and Synthetic Biology. External writers are Martijn Pinkse from Analytical Biotechnology Section and Netherlands Proteomics Centre and Bart Lomans from Shell Global Solutions International B.V. Abstract Perchlorate and chlorate anions [(per)chlorate] exist in the environment from natural and anthropogenic sources, where they can serve as electron acceptors for bacteria. We performed growth experiments combined with genomic and proteomic analyses of the hyperthermophile Archaeoglobus fulgidus that show (per)chlorate reduction also extends into the archaeal domain of life. The (per)chlorate reduction…
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2013 HFSP Research Grant for Christian Fleck

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The International Human Frontier Science Program Organization (HFSPO) is awarding $34 million to the 33 winning teams of the 2013 competition for the HFSP Research Grants. Applicants went through a rigorous year-long selection process in a global competition that started with 715 submitted letters of intent. Each team member receives on average $110,000 - $125,000 per year for 3 years. One of the Program Grants has been awarded to the project of Christian Fleck of the Laboratory of Systems and Synthetic Biology for the project Evolution of light perception networks in plants. He will work together with Andreas Hiltbrunner, Dept. of Molecular Plant Physiology, Institute of Biology II, Freiburg (Germany) and Enamul Huq, Dept. of Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology, University of Texas at Austin (USA). HFSP HFSP collaborative research…
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