ENZYME ENGINEERING XXVI

May 22-27, 2022
Marriott Hotel at Champions Circle
Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas

About This Conference

Applications of enzymes, and enzyme engineering, have been evolving faster than ever. A rapidly growing number of processes and applications are relying on native and engineered enzymes. This growth has been driven by new discoveries in fundamentals of biocatalysis as well as by innovative approaches to tailoring nature’s catalysts to address a wide range of challenges in human health, sustainable manufacturing, and the environment.

The focus of the Conference will reflect the evolving and expanding uses of enzymes and enzyme engineering in emerging areas. In recent years, the repertoire of enzyme function has continued to increase, giving access to novel biocatalytic transformations and processes. In parallel, the enzyme engineering field has embraced the concept of Design-Build-Test-Learn cycle, benefiting from advances in computational predictive, modeling and learning tools and from efforts to accelerate the experimental evaluation of enzyme variants.

After two years of disruption due to the global pandemic, Enzyme Engineering XXVI aims to reconnect members of the community, ideally in person. The meeting will showcase recent new developments in the field through oral and poster presentations from academia and industry. The program is being developed to stimulate discussion while highlighting progress in both fundamental science and industrial applications of enzyme engineering

Conference Organization

Conference Chairs

Andy Bommarius, Georgia Institute of Technology
Vesna Mitchell, Codexis
Doug Fuerst, GSK

Poster Session Chairs

To be announced

Enzyme Engineering Steering Committee

Chair: Jeff Moore, Merck & Co., Inc., USA

Yasuhisa Asano, Toyama Prefectural University, Japan
Andy Bommarius, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Yan Feng, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Doug Fuerst, GSK, USA
Dick Janssen, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
Cheng Jin, Professor, President of Guangxi Academy of Sciences, Nanning, Guangxi, China
Byung-Gee Kim, Seoul National University, Korea
Stefan Lutz, Emory University, USA
Oliver May, DSM Pharmaceuticals, The Netherlands
Vesna Mitchell, Codexis, USA
Pierre Monson, Toulouse White Biotechnology, France
Magali Remaud-Simeon, INSA-University of Toulouse, France
John Wong, Pfizer, retired, USA
Wen Ping Wu, Senior Director, Novozymes, China
Huimin Zhao, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA

2021 Enzyme Engineering Organizing Committee

Andy Bommarius, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Vesna Mitchell, Codexis, USA
Doug Fuerst, GSK, USA
Magali Remaud-Simeon,INSA-University of Toulouse, France
Pierre Monson, Toulouse White Biotechnology, France
John Wong, Pfizer, retired, USA
Huimin Zhao, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA
Yan Feng, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Wen Ping Wu, Senior Director, Novozymes, China
Cheng Jin, Professor, President of Guangxi Academy of Sciences, Nanning, Guangxi, China

Confirmed Speakers

David Baker (University of Washington)
Andy Ellington (University of Texas)
Anthony Green (University of Manchester, UK)
Bernard Hauer (University of Stuttgart)
Todd Hyster (Cornell University)
Anders Knight (Codexis)
Kristala Jones-Prather (MIT)
Zhi Li (National University of Singapore)
John McIntosh (Merck)
James Morrison (GSK)
Zbynek Prokop (Masaryk University, Czech Republic)
John Woodley (TU Denmark)

Conference Sessions

Session Topics

  • New Technologies for Enzyme Engineering
  • Process modeling in Enzyme Engineering
  • Computational tools for Enzyme Engineering
  • Novel enzymes and enzyme activity
  • Enzyme Engineering in synthetic biology
  • In memoriam Dan Tawfik
  • Enzymes as therapeutic and diagnostic agents
  • Enzymes and nucleic acids

Conference Fees

Registration will open in the second half of January.  The fully inclusive conference fee for a single room registration is $2,995 while the fee for graduate students (shared room) is $1,995.

Call for Abstracts

Session titles are available above.  Please use them to pre-select up to three sessions where you believe your work fits best.

Abstracts (one page maximum) that include specific results and conclusions to allow a scientific assessment of the proposed oral presentation are invited.  

Abstracts must be submitted electronically and prepared according to this template:  docx or doc.

Oral abstract submission deadline: March 15, 2022

Poster abstract submission deadline: March 15, 2022

Abstracts of all presentations will be made available to conference participants prior to the start of the conference.

Note: Only a limited number of oral presentation slots are available and thus all submissions for oral sessions will be considered for both oral and poster presentation.

Awards will be presented to the top non-student poster as well as the top three student posters.

Enzyme Engineering Award

Request for Nominations 

The Award

A piece of Steuben glassware, appropriately engraved for the awardee from Genencor; a certificate, signed and dated by an officer of Engineering Conferences International (ECI), and a financial award of US$3,000 from ECI.

The award will be presented in the names of Engineering Conferences International and Genencor.

The Presentation

The 2022 Award will be presented by the Chairs of the 26th International Conference on Enzyme Engineering in May 2022 in Dallas, Texas, USA.

The awardee is to deliver an address during the conference, a requirement for acceptance.

Qualifications

The award is based on any or all of the following:

  • New discoveries, research, process or device development or methodology relating to scientific or engineering achievements in the area of enzyme engineering.
  • Outstanding contributions of a scientific or engineering nature in the design, operation or management of facilities, processes or devices based primarily on enzyme engineering.
  • Distinguished service towards the development and growth of enzyme engineering.

Awardees may be from academic, governmental, industrial, or other organizations anywhere in the world and there are no age restrictions.

Nominations

Nominations are now being accepted. They are to include:

One letter of nomination which is to include:

– a. Curriculum vitae (personal data, professional experience, list of publications and patents) of nominee.

– b. Record of contributions, with specific evidence of outstanding achievements.

– c. Paragraph citing the key factors on which the nomination is based.

Two letters of recommendation.

The complete nomination package should be submitted in an electronic form as a single PDF file with the name of the nominee, and should include the scanned, signed letters of support.  This file is to be sent to Barbara@engconfintl.org.

No special forms are required; however, the packet must be complete at the time of submission. Questions should be submitted to Barbara Hickernell at Barbara@engconfintl.org with the subject line 2021 Enzyme Engineering Award Question.

Deadline

The deadline for receipt of completed nomination packets is January 31, 2022.

Selection

The Award Committee will review the nominations and recommend a candidate to the Executive Committee of the Enzyme Engineering Conference for approval.

The Executive Chair of the conference shall notify the nominee in advance of the conference, to ensure his or her willingness to accept the award, be present for its presentation and deliver the required address.

Enzyme Engineering Awardees

1983–WHITE HAVEN, PA, USA — ICHIRO CHIBATA
1985–HELSINGOR, DENMARK — KLAUS MOSBACH
1987–SANTA BARBARA, CA, USA — EPHRIAM KATCHALSKI-KATZIR
1989–KASHIKOJIMA, JAPAN — SABURO FUKUI
1991–KONA, HAWAII, USA — ALEX KLIBANOV
1993–DEAUVILLE, FRANCE — MALCOLM LILLY
1995–SAN DIEGO, CA, USA — MARIA-REGINA KULA / CHRISTIAN WANDREY
1997–BEIJING, CHINA — HARVEY BLANCH
1999–KONA, HAWAII, USA — CHI HUEY WONG
2001–POTSDAM, GERMANY — HIDEAKI YAMADA
2003–SANTA FE, NM, USA — JON DORDICK / DOUG CLARK
2005—GYEONG-JU, KOREA — DEWEY RYU
2007—HARRISON HOT SPRINGS, BC, CANADA — FRANCES H. ARNOLD
2009 – GRONINGEN, THE NETHERLANDS — SAKAYU SHIMIZU
2011 – VAIL, COLORADO, USA — DAVID ESTELL
2013 – TOYAMA, JAPAN — YASUHISA ASANO
2015 – ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA, USA – DAN TAWFIK
2017 – TOULOUSE, FRANCE PIERRE MONSAN
2019 – WHISTLE, CANADA – HUIMIN ZHAO

Venue Information

Dallas/Fort Worth Marriott Hotel and Golf Club

The Dallas/Fort Worth Marriott Hotel and Golf Club (3000 Championship Parkway, Roanoke, TX 76177) is a full-service hotel and conference center located on 200 acres in Fort Worth, Texas.  The property is located just minutes from downtown Fort Worth, only 20 minutes from DFW International Airport and near the popular business and entertainment districts including the Texas Motor Speedway which is right across the street.  It features an 18-hole championship Jay Moorish golf course.

Dallas/Fort Worth Marriott Hotel and Golf Club Interior

The property is newly renovated and has a well-equipped gym, an outdoor Sports Court for tennis and basketball, an outdoor swimming pool, sun deck, garden, ATM on site currency exchange, business center, and air conditioning.   It is a smoke-free property and there is free parking.

Dallas/Fort Worth Marriott Hotel and Golf Club Room

The hotel is adjacent to BigShots Golf, a private 56-bay driving range with interactive games and a sports bar.  It features mini golf, fire pits, yard games, and 3D augmented reality tech.

Forth Worth Stockyard District

Nearby is the Stockyards National Historic District where one can explore Western Heritage (including the Fort Worth Herd, were real cowhands drive a herd of Texas longhorns down East Exchange Avenue every day at 11:30 am and 4 pm), the nationally top-ranked Fort Worth Zoo, and the opportunity to experience life in the fast lane at the Texas Motor Speedway.

For those who extend their stay, there is a year-round Stockyards Championship rodeo that is held nearly every Friday and Saturday night.

Sponsor Packages

Package A: $1,000  

• Name of Company on Sponsor List in Program  
• Company logo displayed on screen between sessions  

Package B: $2,500  

• Half-page ad in program  
• Name of company on Sponsor List in Program  
• Company logo displayed on screen between sessions  

Package C: $5,000  

• Sponsor a Coffee Break  
• Full page ad in program  
• Name of company on Sponsor List in Program  
• Company logo & link on conference website  
• Company logo displayed on screen between sessions  

Package D: $7,500  

• Sponsor a Scientific Session or Workshop including oral introduction  
• Full page ad in program  
• Name of company on Sponsor List in Program  
• Company logo & link on conference website  
• Company logo displayed on screen between sessions  

Package E: $10,000  

• Table of company information  
• Full page ad in program  
• Name of company on Sponsor List in Program  
• Company logo & link on conference website  
• Company logo displayed on screen between sessions  

Package F: $20,000  

• Company information packet available in attendees’ registration materials  
• Table of company information  
• Full page ad in program  
• Name of company on sponsor list in program  
• Company logo and link on conference website  
• Company logo displayed on screen between sessions  

ECI Associate Director Kevin Korpics (kevin@engconfintl.org, +1-212-514-6760) may be contacted  for invoicing and questions. Payment can be made via bank transfer, check or credit card.  

Please note that none of the sponsor packages include any free or discounted registrations for attendees  from sponsor companies. 

General Information About ECI

Engineering Conferences International (ECI) is a not-for-profit, global engineering conferences program, originally established in 1962 that provides opportunities for the exploration of problems and issues of concern to engineers and scientists from many disciplines.

The format of the conference provides morning and late afternoon or evening sessions in which major presentations are made. Poster sessions will be scheduled for evening discussion as well. Available time is included during the afternoons for ad hoc meetings, informal discussions, and/or recreation. This format is designed to enhance rapport among participants and promote dialogue on the development of the meeting. We believe the conferences have been instrumental in generating ideas and disseminating information to a greater extent than is possible through more conventional forums.

All participants are expected both to attend the entire conference and to contribute actively to the discussions. The recording/photographing of lectures and presentations is forbidden. As ECI conferences take place in an informal atmosphere, casual clothing is the usual attire.

Smoking is prohibited at ECI conferences and conference functions.