EUROMBR Training Course - Biotechnology at the microscale


Biotechnology at the microscale

First international EUROMBR training course on the applications of microbioreactors at the Center of Pharmaceutical Engineering, TU Braunschweig


From September 24 to 28, 2018, 40 young researchers met at the Center of Pharmaceutical Engineering (PVZ) of the TU Braunschweig for the 1st EUROMBR Training Course on “Innovative microbioreactor applications in bioprocess development”. The 5 day training course includes lecture programme and lab hands-on in microfabrication, enzyme immobilization, inline sensoring, biocatalysis, and cultivation are addressed to young investigators in this new and fascinating field. Prof. Rainer Krull, Institute of Biochemical Engineering, TU Braunschweig, was host of the EUROMBR network, co-organizer of this event was the PVZ.

Microbioreactors (MBRs) are miniaturized reactors having a capacity of less than one milliliter. In these tiny reactors biological reactions with whole or parts of cells are performed. They represent a central tool for the characterization of microorganisms with sophisticated production properties as well as for the process development of important active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs). Thus, by numbering up these MBRs and with minimal amounts of reactants, the optimal cultivation conditions of microbial API-producing candidates can be determined in a very short time. For biotechnological processes the development time for drug production of newAPIscan be considerably reduced.

The participants of the 1st International EUROMBR Training Course on „Innovative microbioreactor applications in bioprocess development“ at the Center of Pharmaceutical Engineering, TU Braunschweig (@Hilke Heimann).

The International EUROMBR Training Course originates from the Marie Curie Initial Training Network EUROMBR anchored in the FP7 of the European Union. Within this network, application oriented experts from eight European countries have been working together for the education, development and application of the explorative MBR technology to sustain the future progress of bio-based processes. In addition to the TU Braunschweig the International EUROMBR Training Course was supported by the TU Graz, the Bielefeld University, the Technical University of Denmark, the University College London, the University of Granada, the Leibniz University Hanover, the University of Ljubljana, the University of Magna Graecia of Cantazarro and the University of Oulu.

The Training Courses is of particular importance for the professional development of young researchers. They combine theoretical knowledge with important practical experiences. Young scientists have the opportunity to get in touch with the leading European experts in MBR development and to network efficiently for further professional contacts.