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Oct. 18, 2005

UI Hosts Annual Biocatalysis And Bioprocessing Conference Oct. 24-25

The University of Iowa Center for Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing (CBB) will host its annual conference for UI scientists, along with academic and industry experts, Oct. 24-25 at the Iowa Memorial Union on the UI campus.

The conference, now in its 14th year, features researcher presentations and posters reflecting progress in biocatalysis and bioprocessing. Participants also will be able to visit the CBB facility located at the UI's Oakdale Research Park.

Biocatalysis and bioprocessing refers to the use of organisms or enzymes and natural or synthetic compounds to develop substances used in a variety of biotechnology-related applications. CBB scientists at the UI have worked with academic, industry and government clients on a variety of projects, such as the development of vaccines and other pharmaceutical drugs, food additives, chemicals used in environmental cleanup, and herbicides and other agrochemicals.

The conference will feature biocatalysis scholarly work produced by UI faculty members, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The CBB advisory board, comprised of distinguished scientists from throughout the United States, also will attend.

This year's meeting is titled, "Biocatalysis -- From Specialty to Commodity Chemicals." Invited speakers include Dr. James Lalonde, Codexis, Inc.; Dr. Michael Sturr, Merck and Company; Dr. Andreas Liese, Tech University of Hamburg-Harburg; Dr. Richard Gross, Brooklyn Polytechnic University; Dr. Mark Emptage, Dupont Central Research and Development; and Dr. Jerry Schnoor, UI College of Engineering Allen S. Henry Chair in Engineering, professor of civil and environmental engineering and occupational and environmental health, co-director of the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, faculty affiliate at IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering, and CBB researcher.

For more information, contact Nancy Ream at 319-335-4903 or visit the center's Web site at

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