Event by Novo Nordisk Foundation Science Cluster

    Natural Products - Discovery, Biosynthesis and Application

    A large fraction of current pharmaceuticals are either natural products or derived from natural products. However, it is believed possible to identify many more new bioactive molecules in nature and use these as pharmaceuticals, and with recent advances in genomics and genome-editing it has become possible to identify new biosynthetic gene clusters and express these in heterologous hosts. This meeting will cover all the recent advances in discovery of new natural products, elucidation of their biosynthetic pathways, activation of latent pathways or expression of pathways in heterologous hosts, and optimization of production yields. Throughout the meeting there will be given examples of how new natural products can find applications as antibiotics, anti-cancer drugs, analgesics or other pharmaceuticals. The meeting is targeted towards anyone interested in research related to natural producs discovery and production.

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    05-09 May 2019


    Ada Yonath Weizmann Institute of Science
    Ben Shen Scripps Research
    Birger Lindberg Møller University of Copenhagen
    Christian Hertweck Hans Knöll Institute
    Christina Smolke Stanford University
    David Sherman University of Michigan
    Elke Dittman Potsdam University
    Elizabeth Sattely Stanford University
    Emily Balskus Harvard University
    Eva Sonnenschein Technical Univeristy of Denmark
    Evi Stegmann University of Tübingen
    Fernando de la Calle PharmaMar
    Heike Brötz-Oesterhelt University of Tübingen
    Jay Keasling Univesity of California, Berkeley
    Kirsten Benjamin Amyris
    Lena Gerwick Scripps Institution on Oceanography
    Lixin Zhang East China University of Science and Technology
    Lone Gram Technical Univeristy of Denmark
    Marnix Medema Wageningen University
    Nadine Ziemert University of Tübingen
    Nancy Keller University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Paul Jensen Scripps Institution on Oceanography
    Peter Leadlay University of Cambridge
    Rebecca Goss University of St. Andrews
    Sang Yup Lee Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
    Sarah O’Connor John Innes Centre
    Tanja Gulder Technical University of Munich
    Tanja Schneider University of Bonn
    Tilmann Weber Technical Univeristy of Denmark
    Tobias Gulder Technical University of Dresden
    Tang Yi University of California Los Angeles
    Yudai Matsuda University of Hong Kong

    If you wish to attend our conference, you will need to apply and submit an abstract.

    Registration for abstract submission open: December 17 2018

    Abstract submission deadline: February 11 2019

    Evaluation of incoming applications: March 5 2019

    Notifications to applicants: Mid-March 2019

    SHORT TALKS: Some applicants will be invited to give a short talk during the conference based on their submitted abstract. Selected applicants will be notified in the end of March 2019.

    Registration fee, accommodation and local costs for all approved applicants are covered by the Novo Nordisk Foundation. Only travel expenses to and from the conference venue will be at your own expense.

    For practical details, please click here

    Conference topics

    Conference topics

    Synthetic biology
    Chemical biology
    Pathway reconstruction
    Enzyme discovery
    Genome mining
    Cell factory design
    Plant natural products
    Natural products from fungi and actinomycetes
    Marine natural products
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