• Tuesday, November 7, 2017
  • 09:00 - 13:30
  • Memo
  • Biobased Industry Room

Organized by the OPTIBIOCAT project

Market demand is increasing for cosmetics that are produced with natural enzyme-based conversions rather than chemical processes. With the OPTIBIOCAT project, European researchers launched a major initiative that is sifting through the genomes of fungi and bacteria, and evolved enzymatic variants for appropriate biocatalysts. The goal: to develop competitive and eco-friendly bioconversions based on esterification reactions catalyzed by feruloylesterases (FAEs) and glucuronoylesterases (GEs), to produce molecules with antioxidant activity. Join us to discuss how we can replace chemical processes currently used for the production of cosmetics with cost-effective, energy-efficient and eco-friendly bioconversions.

Targeted audience: scientists and company representatives from related fields, media representatives as well as representatives from the European Commission



Vincenza Faraco, University of Naples

Paul Christakopoulos, Luleå University of Technology



9.00-9.20 Registration & Coffee

9.20-9.30 Welcome and introduction

Vincenza Faraco, University of Naples

Paul Christakopoulos, Luleå University of Technology


Focus Session: Enzymes

9.30-9.45 Findings from investigating three hundred fungal genomes

Adiphol Dilokpimol, Westerdijk Fungal Biodiversity Institute

9.45-10.00 Enzyme discovery and improvement

Kristiina Hildén, University of Helsinki

10.00-10.15 The pathway to improving enzyme production for commercially relevant synthetic reactions

Laura Iancu, DuPont

10.15-10.30 Pitch by ProteoNic: “Improvement of the production of your desired recombinant protein in yeast and cultured mammalian cells”

10.30-10.45 Discussion all speakers


Focus Session: Bioconversions

10.45-11.00 Industrial Biocatalysis: Some recent examples of novel enzymatic bioconversions

Paul Christakopoulos, Luleå University of Technology

11.00-11.15 TBD           



Pitch by SUPREN (Sule Baynes): "Development of industrially viable and sustainable bioconversion processes"

Pitch by Taros (Dr. Peter Jütten): “Enzymatic synthesis of a small molecule library“


11.30-12.00 Discussion & coffee


Focus Session: Compounds

12.00-12.15 Cellular Senescence: Implications and Interventions

Dimitris Kletsas, National Center for Scientifc Research “Demokritos”

12.15-12.30 Cleantech: How Start-Ups help solve climate change

Stelios Procopiou, Chrysalis LEAP

12.30-12.45 Innovation in natural cosmetics development in and out of the lab

Marianna Ralli, Korres

12.45-13.00 Discussion all speakers

13.00-13.05 Conclusion

Vincenza Faraco, University of Naples                                                                             

Paul Christakopoulos, Luleå University of Technology


13.05-13.30 OPTIBIOCAT movie & lunch


Conference held in italian language