Genome Engineering and Synthetic Biology – Sneak peek inside January’s conference programme

Wed, 03/01/2018 - 11:30

Flanders, Belgium, 3rd January 2018 / Sciad NewswireBruges, Belgium will host the third edition of VIB’s Genome conference. The eight hundred-year-old Saint John’s Hospital site will welcome academics, PhD’s and companies on the 25th -26th January. The symposium will bring together some of the most highly regarded academics and companies globally, with novel technologies presented across several sessions focused on the following topics:

  • CRISPR and synthetic biology tools
  • Gene and genome assembly
  • Targeted genome engineering and design
  • Genetic circuits and regulation
  • CRISPR screens

Genome engineering and synthetic biology are revolutionising the life sciences. Driven by advances in the CRISPR-toolbox for rapid, cheap, multiplex modification of genomes and breakthroughs in DNA synthesis technologies, the pace of progress enabled by these tools in recent years has been breath-taking.

Speakers will include: Michael Bassik (Stanford University, US), Prashant Mali (University of California, US), Elaine Shapland (Head of Build, Ginkgo Bioworks, US), Emily LeProust (CEO, Twist Bioscience, US), Philipp Holliger (MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK), and Jason Steiner (Director, Business Development, Synthego, US).

As well as a strong science and technology program, the conference will provide ample opportunities to network during the breaks, poster sessions, reception and the conference dinner.

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“I am very excited to see so many renowned academics and companies presenting at the 3rd edition of GESB, with a unique program combining CRISPR applications and Synthetic Biology developments. Both fields are moving at an incredibly fast rate, and I am looking forward to hearing what the key players are developing.” Halina Novak - VIB Manager Tech Watch,
organising committee member.


For further information, contact:

Lander Briels
Assistant Science Events, VIB
T: +32 9 244 66 11

Notes to Editors

About VIB
VIB is a life sciences research institute in Flanders, Belgium. More than 1470 scientists from over 66 countries perform basic research into the molecular foundations of life. The institute offers a program of international VIB conferences in various VIB research fields. From day one VIB has supported and sponsored scientific conferences to help VIB scientists connect with their colleagues. In 2014 the VIB Conference Series was launched to further expand these activities and support them with a dedicated professional team.

The aims of the conference series are: 

  • to showcase cutting-edge research and exciting technological solutions presented by leading scientist in the life sciences fields
  • to offer junior researchers the opportunity to present their work during poster sessions and learn from the world’s experts during the Meet the Expert sessions
  • to establish opportunities for collaborations between scientists during an accompanying social program including lunches, conference dinners and receptions

Press Pass
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