Enzyme Engineering XXVI

Register Now

Poster Board Size:  1 Meter Wide x 1.5 meter High

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

Attendance at this conference is restricted to those fully* vaccinated against Covid-19.

Your registration will not be considered complete until your proof of vaccination is uploaded via the registration portal and verified by ECI staff. Acceptable proof includes copies of a U.S. CDC vaccination card or a certificate/document issued by the relevant health agency in your country of residence along with a government issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license or passport. If you have questions about these requirements, please email Kathy Chan.

* Two doses of an FDA or WHO authorized two dose Covid-19 vaccine, received at least 14 days prior to the conference OR one dose of an FDA or WHO authorized single dose Covid-19 vaccine, received at least 14 days prior to the conference. We strongly suggest the recommended booster as well.

Approved vaccines: Pfizer/BioNTech (2 dose); Moderna (2 dose); Janssen/Johnson & Johnson; Oxford/AstraZeneca; Serum Institute of India-Covishield; Sinopharm (Beijing); Sinovac.

We are all in this together. Thank you for being part of our community and following these policies. We look forward to see you in person very soon.

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, Codexis, 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)
Polly Fordyce (Stanford University)
Richard Fox (Infinome Biosciences)
Anthony Green (University of Manchester, UK)
Claes Gustafsson (ATUM)
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 Program

Major Sponsors

Conference Fees

All conference fees are inclusive. They include registration, accommodations (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights), most meals (all breakfast and Wednesday dinner will be on your own), taxes, and gratuities from the reception and dinner on Sunday through the banquet on Thursday. Incidental fees (telephone calls, faxes, spa, laundry, minibar etc.) are billed to your personal account by the hotel.

ALL PARTICIPANTS (INCLUDING MEMBERS OF THE ORGANIZING COMMITTEE AND INVITED SPEAKERS) ARE REQUIRED TO REGISTER.

The conference fees are:


Register on or before May 2, 2022 Register after
May 2, 2022
Participant (single occupancy or sharing room with a guest; guest fee additional)US $2,995.00 US $3,195.00
Participant (sharing a room with another participant)US
$2,540.00
US $2,740.00
Bona fide Graduate Student (sharing a room with another student) (Those in this category must send proof of current status – copy of current Student ID can be faxed to 1-212-514-6030 or emailed to Kathy@engconfintl.org)US $1,995.00 US $2,195.00
**Fees for Guest/accompanying person sharing bedroom with single occupancy participant. (Includes all conference included meals as well as the conference excursion)US $1,030.00US $1,030.00

If you plan to bring children to the conference, please contact Kathy for pricing.

Conference Registration

You will need a login name and password to register for ECI conferences through our online system. If you have been a recent participant at an ECI conference or have submitted an online application or request for information about an ECI Conference, you may already have an account with us. If you know your login information, please use it. 

If you are not sure whether you already have a login and password, please click on automated password retrieval and enter your e-mail address before creating a new account. If we don’t have a valid email address on file for you, a pop up window will appear stating that no records were found. Click “OK” and then follow the instructions to create a new account. 
If you have any questions or experience any difficulties, please email Kathy.

Special Notes and Payment Instructions

We suggest that you register as soon as possible to be certain that you will have a hotel room at the conference rate.  

All participants are encouraged to register before May 2, 2022.  There is a discounted price for registering before this date.  Hotel space cannot be guaranteed for registrations received after this date.  Your registration is not officially confirmed until we receive payment of the amount due and COVID-19 vaccination proof is verified by ECI staff.  ECI reserves the right to cancel your room registration if payment is not received or your vaccination proof is invalid. Your invoice/receipt will automatically be e-mailed upon of receipt of your registration.  Should you need a signed receipt, please contact Kathy Chan.

Because of contractual guarantees made with the hotel for room and meal functions, no shows, late arrivals, missed meals and early departures cannot receive fee adjustments.  If you have a disability and may require accommodation in order to participate fully in this conference, please indicate this when you register. An ECI representative will contact you to discuss your specific needs. If you have special dietary requirements (e.g., vegetarian or a food allergy), please make a note on your registration.  The chef needs to know this information in advance if we are to accommodate you. ECI will attempt to accommodate special requests such as Kosher or Halal meals, but such meals may not be available at all conference sites. The participant must pay any additional costs for special meal requests to ECI.

Payment must be made by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, and Amex), check or money order drawn on a U.S. bank in U.S. dollars, payable to ENGINEERING CONFERENCES INTERNATIONAL. Checks or money orders in any other currencies are NOT ACCEPTABLE.  Payment must be made on the web site except for those who are sending payment by wire transfer or have a purchase order from their company/institution. 

WIRE TRANSFER PAYMENT: If you are planning to make payment by wire transfer, please contact ECI for the bank information. You must add $30 to cover ECI bank charges. Please reference your full name and the conference title.  Either fax a copy of your bank transfer papers to ECI (Fax: +1-212-514-6030) or email a scanned copy to kathy@engconfintl.org.  This is very important – otherwise it is extremely difficult to trace your payment and you may not receive a receipt prior to the conference.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellation must be received by ECI in writing at least 28 days prior to the start of the conference in order for a full refund (less a processing fee) to be considered. The ECI auditors require that refunds for all conference cancellations be processed after the conference so that the necessary back-up information (e.g., hotel list of those in-house) can be attached to the refund request and ECI can verify that the hotel has not charged a cancellation fee. 

Cancellation fees:

  • Cancellations received more than 28 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a processing fee of 4% of the total fee, plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI. 
  • Cancellations received 15 – 28 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a $250 cancellation fee plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI. 
  • Cancellations received 8 – 14 days prior to the conference start date are subject to a $500 cancellation fee plus any direct expenses incurred by ECI. 
  • No refunds will be issued for cancellations received less than 7 days prior to the conference start date. 
  • No refunds will be issued due to inclement weather or travel disruptions/cancellations.

Registrations may be transferred without incurring any penalty or cancellation fee.

Denied or delayed visa

If a participant is forced to cancel due to a denied or delayed entry visa, ECI will issue a full refund if ECI has been notified of a potential visa issue at least four weeks prior to the conference start date.

Change of payment method

If an attendee who has already paid the conference fee with a credit card requests that the fee be refunded to that card so that it can be paid in a different manner (e.g., charged to an alternate credit card, or paid via check or bank transfer), a processing fee of 4% of the total fee amount will apply.

Disclaimer

It may be necessary for reasons beyond the control of ECI to alter the content and timing of the program or the identity of the speakers. In the unfortunate circumstance that an event is cancelled, ECI is not liable for any costs incurred by participants in connection with their attendance.

Smoking is prohibited at ECI conferences and conference functions.  
Should you have specific questions regarding your registration, please contact Kathy Chan.

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.

Abstracts for oral presentation:        April 11, 2022
Abstracts for poster presentations:  April 11, 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 Winner

Uwe T. Bornscheuer

Professor Uwe Bornscheuer is full professor at the University of Greifswald (Greifswald, Germany) at the Institute of Biochemistry and is head of the Dept. of Biotechnology & Enzyme Catalysis. He received his diploma degree in chemistry in 1990 and his Ph.D. degree in Technical Chemistry in 1993 both from the University of Hannover. In 1994 he performed postdoctoral studies at the University of Nagoya (Nagoya, Japan), then moved to the University of Stuttgart, where he finished his habilitation in Technical Biochemistry in 1998. He has been a professor in Greifswald since 1999. Uwe Bornscheuer has published over 500 peer-reviewed research articles, more than 40 book chapters and has filed 50 patent applications. He has written two seminal teaching books (Hydrolases in Organic Synthesis with Romas Kazlauskas, Biocatalysts and Enzyme Technology with Volker Kasche and Klaus Buchholz) and coedited several other books such as the Protein Engineering Handbook (with Stefan Lutz).

Prof. Bornscheuer has supervised >150 B.Sc./M.Sc./diploma students and 70 Ph.D. students have graduated from his group (currently: 18 Ph.D. students). He has given more than 600 presentations at national and international conferences. Prof. Bornscheuer has received numerous awards such as the European Lipid Technology Award (2021), Chemistry Europe Fellow (2020), Greifswald Research Award (2018), Stephen S. Chang Award (2015), Normann Medal (2014), Chevreul Medal (2012) and the Biocat2008 Award (2008). He is currently member of the Scientific Advisory Boards of the Toulouse White Biotechnology center and of the company Carbios. Bornscheuer is a cofounder and Chairman of the Advisory Board of the company Enzymicals AG in Greifswald. He also served as president of the German Society for Fat Science (DGF), he was Editor-in-Chief of a lipid science journal and is currently head of the Senate of the University of Greifswald. He is also member of the review board for biochemistry of the German Research Foundation (DFG) and of the Novo Nordisk Foundation. 

The major theme in the Bornscheuer group is identifying and optimizing enzymes through protein engineering for applications in organic synthesis (i.e., chiral intermediates for pharmaceuticals using hydrolases or transaminases), lipid modification (healthy fats/oils, oleochemistry), the enzymatic degradation of complex marine polysaccharides and more recently enzymatic recycling of plastics such as PET.

Professor Bornscheuer pioneered many methods of protein engineering, including a range of new high-throughput screening methods, computational tools to design libraries of protein variants and the application of these methods to alter the regio-, chemo- and stereoselectivity of enzymes for various applications. Many projects helped to establish novel environmentally friendly processes. He is recognized worldwide as a leader in enzyme engineering and biocatalysis, where he has developed important new concepts, technologies and biocatalysts.

Past 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

Best Poster Awards

Ashleigh Burke
University of Manchester
“An engineered cytidine deaminase for biocatalytic production of
a key intermediate of the COVID-19 antiviral Molnupiravir”

Hannah Valentino
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
“Engineering of a redox neutral enzyme
cascade for production of aliphatic diamines”

Leann Teadt
Codexis, Inc., USA
“Discovery of CDX-6512, a gastrointestinal-stable methionine-gamma-lyase as a potentially orally-administrated enzyme therapy for homocystinuria”

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.

Pre/Post Conference Hotel Reservation

Your registration includes accommodations for the conference period (nights of Sunday, May 22; Monday, May 23; Tuesday, May 24; Wednesday, May 25, and Thursday, May 26.  Check-out on Friday, May 27).  If you are arriving before May 22 or staying after the conference, please indicate this on your registration form or email Kathy Chan to add your pre/post conference night room reservation.  The room rate is $149 USD + tax per night.
The hotel will send you a confirmation email with a link to secure your additional nights in 5-7 business days after your registration.

Pre Conference nights:  Friday, May 20; Saturday, May 21
Post Conference nights:  Friday, May 27; Saturday, May 28 (check-out on Sunday, May 29)

Note:  Pre/Post night reservations are based upon hotel’s availability.  Cancellation policy is 48 hours prior to arrival.

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.

  • Participant Login

    To sign in as a participant, please visit our registration portal.
  • Add Email

    To ensure receipt of ECI mailings, please add 'eci@informz.net' to your address book.
  • Page Sections