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25th Asia Pacific
Biotechnology Congress, will be organized around the theme “Discovering new frontiers in life sciences”
Biotech Asia Pacific 2019 is comprised of keynote and speakers sessions on latest cutting edge research designed to offer comprehensive global discussions that address current issues in Biotech Asia Pacific 2019
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Biotechnology, in the simplest terms, is the union of biology and technology. Biotechnology harnesses biomolecular and cellular processes to develop technologies, methodologies and products that help, broadly speaking, improve our lives and the condition of our planet. We have used the microbiological processes for millennia to make food products, such as bread, cheese, curd and wine, and to preserve dairy products. Modern biotechnology has provided breakthroughs in technologies to combat rare and debilitating diseases, reduce the negative impact on the planet, increase food production, use less and cleaner energy, and have safer, unpolluted and more proficient industrial manufacturing processes. Recent advances in biotechnology and other life sciences have aided us to prepare for humanity’s most compelling challenges.
- Track 1-1Biotechnology in medicine
- Track 1-2Biotechnology in Agriculture
- Track 1-3Biotechnology in Industry
- Track 1-4Biotechnology for the environment
Biochemistry applies chemistry to the study of biological processes at the cellular and molecular level and explores the chemical processes within and related to living organisms. It is a practical, laboratory based science that pool biology and chemistry. Biochemistry is an incredibly profound and multifarious field of research that touches nearly all aspects of our lives. It uses the methods of physics, chemistry, molecular biology and immunology to study the structure and behaviour of complex molecules found in biological material and the ways these molecules interact to form cells, tissues and whole organisms. As one of the wide-ranging of the basic sciences, biochemistry includes many sub-disciplines such as bioorganic chemistry, physical biochemistry, clinical biochemistry, molecular genetics, neurochemistry, biochemical pharmacology and immunochemistry.
- Track 2-1Biological macromolecules
- Track 2-2Biophysics
- Track 2-3Structural Biochemistry
- Track 2-4Metabolic Pathways and networks
- Track 2-5Pharmaceutical Biochemistry
Cell biology is the study of cell, its structure and function, and it revolves around the concept that the cell is the fundamental unit of life. Cells are considered the basic units of life, because they come in discrete and easily recognizable, self-sufficient packages. That's because all cells are surrounded by a structure called the cell membrane, also referred to as the plasma membrane — which, serves as a border between the cell's internal and external environments. In the broad picture, cell biology stresses on the function and structure of a cell, from the most general properties shared by all cells, to the unique, highly intricate functions particular to specialized cells.
- Track 3-1Active and Passive Transport
- Track 3-2Cell Adhesion
- Track 3-3Cell Division
- Track 3-4Cell Signaling
- Track 3-5Cellular Metabolism
Genetic engineering is the artificial process of genetic modification, manipulation, and recombination of DNA or other nucleic acid molecules in order to enhance or modify the characteristics of an individual organism. Genetic engineering can be applied to the study of diseases in humans and collection of human genetic sequences that could provide a complete record for inheritance of healthy individuals. Genetically modified bacteria are frequently used for generating industrial chemicals. A large multitude of organic chemicals are being synthesised at large scales with the help of genetically engineered microorganisms. An important application of genetic engineering is to modify the genotype of crop plants to make them more nutritious, productive, protein rich, disease and abiotic stress resistant, and less fertilizer consuming. Genetic engineering and plant tissue culture techniques are used to produce high yielding cereals, pulses and vegetable crops.
- Track 4-1Genetic Engineering and Enhancement
- Track 4-2Cloning
- Track 4-3Stem Cell Research
- Track 4-4Eugenics
Genetics is the branch of biology concerned with the study of genes and their role in inheritance – the manner in which certain traits are passed down from generation to generation. There are various degrees of genetics: Transmissible genetics, deals with studying how the hereditary traits are passed from parent to progeny. Here the transmission of traits is studied at a single organism level. Molecular genetics studies the chemical nature and function of the gene itself and evaluates how genes encode the genetic information which is replicated and then used by the organism in the form of protein. Same gene across different species, individuals and types of organism is also studied. Population genetics studies the makeup of the population in one species, and deals with genetic differences within and between populations with large number of individuals to study the variations in the species or gene pool.
- Track 5-1Medical Genetics
- Track 5-2Behavioral Genetics
- Track 5-3Genetic modification
- Track 5-4Genomics
Immunology is the study of the body’s in-built defence mechanism- the immune system. The immune system protects the individual from infection through various lines of defence, including the skin, fortified by substances secreted by the body, such as saliva and tears, that contain molecules that can destroy bacteria, internal mucosal layers in the lungs & airways, and the gastrointestinal tract are coated with mucus that is able to trap potential pathogens. Mobile ciliate hairs in the airways work together to transport contaminants away from defenceless areas. The skin, mucosal layers and airways also contain immune cells populations that attack and neutralize pathogens that breach the physical defences.
- Track 6-1Tumor Immunology
- Track 6-2Transplantation Immunology
- Track 6-3Immunology of infectious diseases
- Track 6-4Autoimmunity
- Track 6-5Immunology of barrier surfaces
- Track 6-6Hypersensitivity and other Immunologic mechanisms
Microbiology is the scientific study of microorganisms, too small to see with the naked eye and include bacteria, algae, protozoa, and fungi, as well as acellular beings, such as viruses, virions and prions. Microbes find use in numerous beneficial processes such as industrial fermentation, including the production of vinegar, alcohol, & dairy products and industrially important substances like antibiotics and amino acids. Microorganisms act as vehicles or vectors to transfer DNA to complex organisms such as plants and animals. Genetically engineered microorganisms are also being used to produce biotechnologically important enzymes such as Taq DNA polymerase and reporter genes. Microorganisms are also used in the production of a variety of biopolymers, such as polysaccharides, polyesters, and polyamides. Microorganisms are instrumental in biodegradation and bioremediation of domestic, agricultural and industrial wastes. Symbiotic microorganisms grant health benefits to their human or animal hosts including help in digestion, producing beneficial co-enzymes and vitamins and amino acids, and competing with and suppressing pathogenic microorganisms.
- Track 7-1Bacteriology
- Track 7-2Environmental Microbiology
- Track 7-3Evolutionary Microbiology
- Track 7-4Food Microbiology
- Track 7-5Industrial Microbiology
- Track 7-6Medical/ Clinical Microbiology
- Track 7-7Microbial Genetics
- Track 7-8Microbial Physiology
- Track 7-9Mycology and Virology
Cancer is caused by undesired changes in the genome as well as in the proteome. These changes allow cancer cells to evade normal cellular control mechanisms and so these cells start growing uncontrolled. Cancer research and drug development have entered a new age, together with the concomitant emergence of novel technologies, such as whole-genome sequencing, proteome profiling and exome sequencing. Molecular research has showed major types of mutations for many cancer types, locating specific targets and, therefore, drug development. This recently gathered information helped to cater the need for tailored, individualized cancer treatment. The biotechnology landscape confirms that, for each patient, gene sequencing developing, individual protein profiling, intracellular signalling pattern or miRNA signature are paving the road to personalized medicine concept and toward patient-dedicated therapy.
- Track 8-1Cancer cell biology
- Track 8-2Paediatric Oncology
- Track 8-3Cancer Diagnostics Tools and Techniques
- Track 8-4Cancer immunology
- Track 8-5Biomarkers in Cancer Research
- Track 8-6Cancer Epidemiology
Every living being has DNA – the code that dictates its biological functions and affects its mode of interaction with the environment. Genomics is the science of comprehending, interpreting and harnessing this DNA code and its function to create actual and pragmatic solutions. Genomics research is imperative to challenging many of the global healthcare issues in the forthcoming years. Research interests have differentiated with the advancements in the technical capacity to investigate them, and now vary from genealogy to mapping the three-dimensional structure of chromatin in living cells. Past successes vitalize the launch of a new era or genomics research, to explore the remarkable landscape of opportunity that now uncover before us.
- Track 9-1Cancer Genomics
- Track 9-2Microbial Genomics
- Track 9-3Biomarkers and Microarrays
- Track 9-4Genomic Medicine
- Track 9-5Plant Genomics and Molecular Pharming
- Track 9-6Functional Genomics
“CRISPR” (pronounced as “Crisper”) is an acronym for Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats. The functions of CRISPR and CRISPR-associated (Cas) genes are the hallmark of a bacterial defence system that are essential in adaptive immunity in select bacteria and archaea. These sequences enable the host organisms to respond to and neutralize invading genetic material. “CRISPR” or “CRISPR-Cas9” is often used (inaccurately) to refer to the different CRISPR-Cas9 and other systems that can be programmed to edit DNA at precise locations. It can also be used for other purposes, such as new diagnostic tools. With these systems, genes can be permanently modified in living cells and organisms. It may be possible, in the future, to correct mutations at precise locations in the human genome for the treatment of genetic disease.
- Track 10-1Genome engineering
- Track 10-2RNA editing
- Track 10-3CRISPR in Cancer
- Track 10-4In vivo applications
Gene therapy is designed to introduce new genetic material into cells to compensate for faulty genes or to make a useful protein. A mutated gene may cause an essential protein to be non-functioning or missing, in that case, gene therapy may be able to introduce a normal copy of the gene, which would produce the a normal and functioning protein. Cell therapy is the administration of whole, living cells in a subject for the treatment of a disorder. Cells used for therapy may be from the same individual (autologous source) or from another individual (allogeneic source). Cells used are obtained from stem cells, or induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), reprogrammed from the dermal fibroblasts or adipocytes. Stem cells or mature cells, differentiated in vitro from stem cells are both used in cell therapy.
- Track 11-1Somatic cell gene therapy
- Track 11-2Germline therapy
- Track 11-3Gene Knockout
- Track 11-4Stem Cell Therapy
Tissue engineering can be defined as an interdisciplinary field that utilizes the principles of engineering and life sciences for the development of biological substitutes that restore, recover, maintain, or improve the function of a tissue or an entire organ. The technique employs scaffold matrices to fill the tissue void, to provide structural support and to deliver growth factors and/or cells that are capable of forming tissues within the body, upon transplantation. The construction of an engineered tissue in vitro requires the use of cells to fill matrices and produce matrix resembling that of the native tissue. The main successes in this area have come from the use of primary cells, taken from the subject, and used in unification with scaffolds to produce tissue for re-implantation.
- Track 12-1Tissue Repair and Regeneration
- Track 12-2Tissue Culture & Preservation
- Track 12-3Tissue Implants
- Track 12-4Organ & Tissue Regeneration
- Track 12-5Translational Medicine
Regenerative medicine is a relatively new field of study that heals or replaces tissues and organs damaged by age, disease, or trauma, as well as to ameliorate congenital defects. Recent promising preclinical and clinical data supports the possibility for treating both chronic and acute diseases. Regenerative medicine is also able to abet diseases occurring across a wide array of organ systems, including cardiovascular diseases and traumas, skin diseases, treatments for certain types of cancer, and so on. One of the aims of regenerative sciences is to create new body parts from a patient’s own cells and tissues. This would serve two functions: eliminate the demand for organs; and eliminate the complications due to organ rejection. When there is damage to tissues or organs, they could repair themselves with pluripotent stem cells; this process could reverse or prevent damage to vital organs.
- Track 13-1Embryonic Stem cells
- Track 13-2Stem Cell Biomarkers
- Track 13-3Rehabilitation Engineering
- Track 13-4Genetically modified Stem Cell Therapy
- Track 13-5Regenerative Medicine for Tissue Regeneration
Protein engineering is the production of unnatural polypeptides, often through modification of amino acid sequences that are found normally in nature. Synthetic protein structures and functions can be designed entirely on a computer or produced through directed evolution in the laboratory. There are two major methods for protein engineering, rational design and irrational design, also known as directed evolution. In rational design, knowledge of the structure and function of the protein is taken into consideration and a coherent gene mutation is calculated. Mostly, this is done by making rationally designed changes in the gene of the protein cloned in expression vector of heterologous expression. The production of protein molecules is transformed by site directed or site specific mutagenesis of their genes. However, in some cases protein structure is not available and directed evolution method is required. In this method, random changes (mutation) are done in the protein and the mutant protein with the most desired characteristics is selected for further evaluation or studies.
- Track 14-1Rational design
- Track 14-2Multiple Sequence Alignment
- Track 14-3Coevolutionary Analysis
- Track 14-4Structural Prediction
- Track 14-5Directed evolution
Metabolic engineering is the use of genetic engineering to optimize the metabolism of an organism. It involves the introduction of new or recombinant genes or genetic circuits into host cell genomes in order to optimize or introduce new metabolic pathways. It can involve the optimization of existing biochemical pathways or the introduction of new pathway components, most commonly in bacteria, yeast or plants, with the goal of high-yield production of specific metabolites for medicine or biotechnology. Metabolic engineering is essentially utilizes E. coli or other approachable microorganisms into efficient “factories”, optimized to produce a desired biomolecule with higher yield and purity than non-genetically engineered organisms.
- Track 15-1Pathway engineering
- Track 15-2Metabolic networks
- Track 15-3Metabolic flux analysis
- Track 15-4Applications for Metabolic Engineering
Bioinformatics develops and applies computational methods to compute large amounts of biological data, such as DNA sequences, cell populations or protein samples, to make predictions or discover new biology. The computational methods used for analysis and evaluation include analytical methods, mathematical modelling and simulation. Bioinformatics aims at organizing data in a manner that allows scientists to access existing information and to submit new data as it is generated. Secondly, bioinformatics aims to develop tools and resources that aid in the analysis and evaluation of data, for the simple reason that, further research and analysis cannot be carried out only with a straight forward research. Bioinformatics also aims to utilise these tools to investigate the data and interpret the results in a meaningful manner.
- Track 16-1Computational biology & Metabolomics
- Track 16-2Systems Biology in Bioinformatics
- Track 16-3Systems biology and Network Analyses
- Track 16-4Software tools for bioinformatics
Nanobiotechnology is a discipline in which nanotechnology tools are developed and applied to study biological processes and other phenomena. Applications of bionanotechnology are extensive. Bionanotechnology, promises to reinvent biological mechanisms and pathways in a manner that is useful in other ways. As far as the distinction holds, nanobiotechnology is much more commonplace for the fact that it simply provides more tools for the study of biology. Nanobiotechnology is relatively new to the industry, medicine and the consumer. Nanobiotechnology relies on a vast array of research methods, including experimental tools e.g. imaging, characterization via AFM/optical tweezers etc., x-ray diffraction based tools, synthesis via self-assembly, characterization of self-assembly (using e.g. dual polarization interferometry, recombinant DNA methods, etc.), theory (e.g. statistical mechanics, nanomechanics, etc.), as well as computational approaches (bottom-up multi-scale simulation, supercomputing).
- Track 17-1Gene Delivery Systems
- Track 17-2Nanobiomedicine
- Track 17-3Nanobio Imaging
- Track 17-4Nanotechnology and Agriculture
- Track 17-5Nanotechnology and Drug Delivery
Animal biotechnology is a discipline of biotechnology in which molecular biology techniques are used to genetically engineer (i.e. modify the genome of) animals. Animals engineered in this manner are more suitable for agricultural, industrial and/or pharmaceutical applications. Animal biotechnology is also used to produce genetically modified or transgenic animals that can synthesize therapeutic proteins, have improved growth rates, enhanced lean muscle mass or are enhanced resistance to diseases. Genetically engineered, transgenic poultry swine, goats and cattle have been developed, that can generate large quantities of human proteins, with the aim of using these proteins and other macromolecules as human pharmaceuticals (usually include enzymes, clotting factors, albumin and antibodies).
- Track 18-1Transgenics and Cloning
- Track 18-2Applications of Animal Biotechnology
- Track 18-3Food Safety and Related Issues
- Track 18-4Environmental Concerns and Legal Implications
Plant biotechnology, in simple terms, is the application of recombinant DNA techniques to plants for crop improvement, disease or stress resistance, or the production of desirable metabolites or other molecules in plants. Plants are already used as sources of an immense array of useful things, including food and feedstuffs, fibre, clothing & paper and of course, drugs. Consequently, the possibilities for improving the quality and quantity of current products and making new products utilizing plant biotechnology are almost limitless. Plant biotechnology tools offer mankind one of its most significant opportunities to manage the ever growing and ever changing demands for food, feed and fibre production, while also contributing to the sustainability of agriculture and aiding in industry and medicine.
- Track 19-1Plant Tissue Culture
- Track 19-2Novel Plant Breeding Techniques
- Track 19-3Plant Nutriomics
- Track 19-4Novel Bioproducts and Biopharmaceuticals
Industrial biotechnology employs the application of biotechnology for sustainable processing and production of chemical products, therapeutics, industry chemicals and fuels. Biotechnological processing uses microorganisms or enzymes to produce products that are useful to a broad range of industrial sectors, including human and animal nutrition, energy, pulp and paper, textiles, chemical and pharmaceutical, materials and polymers. Ultimately, the success of industrial biotechnology depends on the economics of specific processes. Environmental biotechnology is the branch of biotechnology addressing environmental issues, such as renewable energy generation, removal of pollution, or biomass production, by exploiting biological processes. The advantages of biotechnological treatment of wastes include natural biodegradation of a variety of dangerous substances by microorganisms; availability of different biotechnological methods for complete detoxification of hazardous wastes; and variety of conditions suitable for biodegradation and bioremediation.
- Track 20-1Biochemical and Bioprocess Engineering
- Track 20-2Bioenergy and biorefinery
- Track 20-3Biofuels and bioenergy
- Track 20-4Biomaterials and biobased chemicals
- Track 20-5Bioprocessing in biomanufacturing
- Track 20-6Bioremediation and waste treatment