The 4th edition of Biotech France 2021 International Conference and Exhibition

Conference Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Rui Pedrosa

Leiria Polytechnic, Portugal

Rui Pedrosa is the President of the Leiria Polytechnic and researcher at MARE-IPLeiria is the coordinator of the Red2Discovery project. Coordinating the Red2Discovery project, Rui Pedrosa has a PhD in Human Biology and a principal researcher at the Center for Marine and Environmental Sciences (MARE-IPLeiria). Rui Pedrosa is an adjunct professor at the Higher School of Tourism and Technology of the Sea, and has extensive experience in participating in management bodies of the Polytechnic of Leiria, in addition to coordinating various research projects, science communication and internationalization.

Degree in Biochemistry and Master in Cellular Biology, the president of the Polytechnic of Leiria was vice-president of the institution for research and innovation in the last term of the outgoing president, Professor. Doctor Nuno Mangas.


Prof. Spiros N. Agathos

Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium

Spiros N. Agathos, Ph.D. is Professor of Bioengineering at the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium since 1993 and, since 2015, he is Inaugural Dean of Biological Sciences and Engineering at Yachay Tech, the first research-intensive university in Ecuador and a hub of innovation in South America.
He is an expert in Biotechnology and Bioengineering, with interests in biocatalyst development, bioprocess optimisation, bioreactor design and scale-up, ecogenomics, and biotechnology for sustainability. He has a PhD in biochemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and served on the faculties of the University of Western Ontario (Canada) and Rutgers University (New Jersey, USA) and as a visiting professor in Europe and the Americas.
He has published over 200 articles, 4 books and 4 patents. He has been Editor or Editorial Board member of many journals and serves on numerous committees for science and technology policy. He is a consultant to governments and industry, while his former students and postdocs have significant academic and industrial positions across the globe. Among his many awards, he is an elected Fellow of the American Institute for Medical & Biological Engineering (AIMBE), of the Society for Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology (SIMB) and of the International Water Association (IWA).


Dr. Ioscani Jiménez del Val

University College Dublin, Ireland

Ioscani graduated with a BE in Chemical Engineering from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in 2006. After a year as Project Engineer at the Mario Molina Centre on Energy & Environment in Mexico City, Ioscani moved to the UK to pursue graduate studies. He received his MSc in Advanced Chemical Engineering with Biotechnology in 2008 and was awarded his PhD in 2013, both from Imperial College London. His PhD research involved developing an integrated modelling and experimental framework to quantitatively relate bioprocess conditions with monoclonal antibody glycosylation. After obtaining his PhD, Ioscani spent 2 years as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Imperial College working with Dr. Cleo Kontoravdi and Dr. Karen Polizzi on modelling nucleotide sugar metabolism and developing analytical methods to measure the intracellular concentration of these metabolites. Ioscani joined the UCD School of Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering in 2014 where he leads a multidisciplinary team that combines advanced experimentation and computational strategies to optimise the production of therapeutic glycoproteins, including monoclonal antibodies (mAbs).


Dr. Gerardo F. Goya

University of Zaragoza, Spain

Dr. Gerardo F. Goya is an associate professor at the University of Zaragoza, Spain. He has been Associate Professor at the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil) and he is currently a researcher at the Institute of Nanoscience of Aragón (INA), University of Zaragoza. Prof. Goya’s pioneering team ( on magnetic hyperthermia in Spain established that induced cell death with magnetic hyperthermia without temperature rise is possible. His team has developed engineered MNPs for neural guidance under externally applied magnetic fields. He has over 130 publications on nanomagnetism and bioapplications and holds two patents. Prof. Goya has lead the design, development, and building of devices for measuring power absorption for magnetic hyperthermia, which made the basis for a spin-off company, nB Nanoscale Biomagnetics, of which he is co-founder and scientific advisor.


Prof. Fabian Kiessling

RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Fabian Kiessling studied Medicine in Heidelberg. Until 2008, he worked in the Departments of Radiology and Medical Physics in Radiology of the German Cancer Research Center. In parallel, he did his clinical training at the University of Heidelberg and received the board certification as Radiologist. Since 2008 he is leading the Institute for Experimental Molecular Imaging at the RWTH Aachen University, is one of the directors of the Helmholtz Institute for Biomedical Engineering of RWTH and since 2018 coordinates the Aachen site of Fraunhofer MEVIS.

Professor Kiessling is in the Editorial board of several scientific journals including Radiology, European Radiology, European Radiology Experimental, Molecular Imaging and Biology and Nanotheranostics.

He is currently secretary of the European Society for Molecular Imaging (ESMI), founding member of the ESMI working group “Image Guided Therapy and Drug Delivery (IGTDD)“ and he was chairman of the “Molecular Imaging” subcommittee of the European Society for Radiology (ESR). Furthermore, he was program chair of the World Molecular Imaging Conference (WMIS) in New York in 2016.

Aim of his research is the development of novel diagnostic probes, nanomedicines, and imaging tools for a disease specific diagnosis and therapy monitoring. He authored over 300 publications and book chapters, edited three books and received multiple research awards.


Dr. Claire Wilhelm

Paris Diderot University, France

Claire Wilhelm is a biophysicist. She was recruited as staff CNRS scientist (Condensed Matter section) in 2003, after obtaining her PhD in 2002 in soft matter physics. Since then, she has oriented the research to the biomedical field. Her works during this last decade lied at the crossroads of magnetism, biophysics and nanomedicine and were resolutely multidisciplinary, taking advantage of the physical properties of magnetic nanoparticles to develop more effective treatments and new methods of medical investigation. She was appointed CNRS research director in 2013 and senior research director in 2018. She received the CNRS bronze medal in 2011, the Louis Ancel prize in 2014, and a ERC consolidator grant in 2014 devoted to magnetic tissue engineering and biotransformation of nanoparticles in living tissues. She has co-authored 140+ publications (10 000+ citations, h-index 51) and she delivered 60+ invited lectures.


Talk Title: Nanoparticles-mediated approaches to cancer therapy and tissue engineering


Dr. Larysa Baraban

Helmholtz Center Dresden Rossendorf, Institute of Radiopharmaceutical cancer research, Germany

Dr Larysa Baraban completed her PhD in the University of Konstanz, Germany in 2008 in the Department of Physics. After a stint as a postdoctoral researcher in the University of Pierre and Marie Curie, France, she moved to TU Dresden, Germany, where she worked as a postdoctoral research fellow from 2011 until 2013. She is currently a group leader of Bionanosensorics in the same university. Dr Baraban’s research revolves around the use of nanomaterial-based biosensors and systems, flexible sensors for point-of-care diagnostics, microfluidics for high throughput biochemical analysis, artificial nano- and micromachines and magnetic soft matter.


Dr. Alfred Fernández-Castané

Aston University, UK

Dr. Alfred Fernández-Castané is Lecturer in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering and Principal Investigator within the Energy and Bioproducts Research Institute (EBRI) and Aston Institute of Materials Research (AIMR) groups at Aston University. He graduated in Biology by the Universitat de Barcelona (UB, Spain) and afterwards he pursued his MSc in Advanced Biotechnology at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB, Spain). He carried out his PhD thesis within the Chemical Engineering Department at UAB and his project focused on the development of a method to directly quantify IPTG in E. coli cytoplasm and medium samples. This methodology led to gaining a better knowledge and understanding of inducible systems, gene regulation and optimization of recombinant protein production. His PhD in Biotechnology was awarded in 2012 and he then moved to France as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the ISSB-Evry where he developed his skills in synthetic biology and metabolic engineering. Dr Fernández-Castané joined Dr Overton’s lab in 2014 as a Research Fellow in the €2.4m ERA-IB ProSeCa project at the University of Birmingham (UK). His research interests rely on the development of more sustainable and cost effective bioprocesses for the production of high-value products with industrial interest. Current research areas encompass the production of magnetosomes from magnetotactic bacteria, biodegradable biopolymers and enzymes for biofuels application.


Dr. Monica Hurtado-Ruiz

Jaume I University, Spain

Dr. Monica Hurtado-Ruiz holds a PhD in Agricultural Engineering and her current research interests focus on the development of biotechnological tools for their application in biological control of agricultural important pests. Her professional career has always been linked to research and teaching. Her doctoral thesis, relating to the application of molecular markers in fruit crops breeding, was carried out at the Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Agrarias (IVIA) and was defended in 1999 at the Polytechnic University of Valencia (Spain). She completed her doctoral work with a stay at the University of Clemson, South Carolina (USA). She achieved a Postdoctoral position at the CID-CSIC in Barcelona (Spain) and did a stay at the INRA of Montpellier (France). Since 2001, she joined the Universitat Jaume I de Castello (UJI) (Spain). She has participated in 17 research projects (main researcher in 6 of them) as well as 1 UJI-INRA research contract. Nowadays, her research is focused on citrus agro-system, especially in Tetranychus urticae, their trophic interactions and population dynamics. Related with the risk assessment of important crop pest, she also develops molecular taxonomy for detecting, identifying and tracing the origin of invasive species. Most recently, her research lines are related with plant-arthropod-microbiome interactions, using next generation sequencing for endosymbiont metagenomics determinations and differential gene expression using RNAseq.

Since 2010 until 2018, she has been part of the management team of the Agri-Food Engineering and Rural Environment Degree Program at the UJI, responsible for the coordination of professors and study subjects, the academic organization and the maintenance of high-quality work in all levels, guaranteeing the adequate acquisition of competence for the students. She devotes part of her time to train new agricultural engineers (graduates), teachers (master) and researchers (master and PhD) at the UJI. She has produced more than 30 publications in scientific journals and books and presented in many conferences.


Prof. Nigel Titchener-Hooker

University College London, UK

Nigel Titchener-Hooker leads the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacture in Emergent Macromolecular Therapies and was the past lead of the UCL Innovative Manufacturing Research Centre (IMRC) in Bioprocessing programme. This involves a multidisciplinary group from over a dozen departments to research new methods to speed the development of efficient and robust processes for the manufacture of the next generations of macromolecular drugs. The work brings together researchers from Structural and Molecular Biology (Professor John Ward), and within the Faculty of Engineering Science significant collaborations exist with Computer Science (Professor Tony Hunter), Chemical Engineering (Dr. Eva Sorenson and Dr. Lazaros Papageorgiou). Internally Dr. Dan Bracewell, Dr. Nicolas Szita, Dr. Yuhong Zhou, Dr. Eli Keshavarz-Moore and Professor Mike Hoare help Nigel in the management of the IMRC consortium that comprises 15 leading national and international companies. A major focus of Nigel’s work is the creation of whole bioprocess models and the use of these to gain process insights and understanding. Here he works with Dr. Yuhong Zhou in the creation of graphical user interfaces to visualise better process trade offs. With Dr. Suzanne Farid, Nigel has pioneered studies of decisional tools addressing the interface between bioprocessing and business issues.

In line with the theme of whole bioprocess modelling, Nigel has collaborated with colleagues at Newcastle University (Professor Gary Montague, Professor Elaine Martin and Dr. Jarka Glassey) to create new ways of improving the performance of manufacturing processes by combining IMRC tools with agent-based methods.

Nigel chairs the Engineering Doctorate (EngD) in Bioprocess Leadership activity now directed by Prof Gary Lye. Since its inception the EngD programme has attracted over 60 sponsor companies to date and nearly 100 projects have been funded under this mechanism which complements the research within the Department.

Funding for the above research has come from the UK EPSRC, the TSB Technology Programme and a range of company collaborators.

Nigel has held consultancies with a broad range of international companies and serves on the editorial board of key peer-reviewed journals. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2008 in recognition of his pioneering work on biopharmaceuticals manufacturing. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers and was awarded the Donal Medal for hsi contributions to Biochemical Engineering in 2013. He is Chair of the Board of the prestigious ACS-supported Recovery of Biological Products conference series.


Prof. Richard Ian Kitney

Imperial College London, UK

Kitney is Professor of Biomedical Systems Engineering; Chairman of the Institute of Systems and Synthetic Biology; and Co-Director of the EPSRC National Centre for Synthetic Biology and Innovation.  He was Founding Head of the Department of Bioengineering, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering. He Chaired The Royal Academy of Engineering Inquiry into Synthetic Biology Kitney is a member of the Ministerial Leadership Council for Synthetic Biology and was one of the main authors of the UK Roadmap for Synthetic Biology.

Kitney is recognised as a leading research worker in the field of synthetic biology and, with Professor Paul Freemont, has been responsible for developing the Imperial College Hub for Synthetic Biology which is now recognised as one of the leading international centres in the field. In 2013, they were successful in winning the national competition to establish the UK national industrial translation centre for synthetic biology - SynbiCITE


Dr. Deborah Traversi

University of the Study of Turin, Italy

Dr. Deborah Traversi is an associate professor and researcher in General and Applied Hygiene science 2008 at the University of Turin, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery. She is working at the Department of Public Health and Pediatrics. The mainly research fields regards the Environmental Science and Human Health, particularly the field of environmental mutagenicity and genotoxicity and the exploration of biological effects of the aero-dispersed particulate matter exposure. Then she is working on research activities on the applied biology promotion and on the prevention improvement. Since the end of the 2008 she is collaborator or responsible in various regional and national projects research projects on environmental health science. Today she is unit responsible for a funded project called SOFCM in the aim of EU 7°FP and co-responsible of a national project funded by the Board of Health on occupational health evaluation for the green jobs and on a sanitary project on the gut microbiota and health. She is involved today in pursuance of University courses of Hygiene. In the last five years she conduced various international missions for the Department for technical and scientific activities or for the presentation of the research results in international contests. She is co-author of around 50 papers.


Dr. Ghozlene Mekhloufi

University Paris Saclay, France

Dr. Mekhloufi is an agro-food engineer who obtained her PhD in "Biotechnological and Food Processes" from the Institut National Polytechnique de Lorraine, France. She is since 2006, an Associate Professor in Physics and Biophysics at the Faculty of Pharmacy (University Paris Saclay, France). Her main research activities consists in formulating and characterizing emulsions / nanoemulsions stabilized by biopolymers such as proteins and polysaccharides. The formulated pharmaceutical and / or cosmetic emulsions are part of the current trend of natural and biodegradable products without synthetic surfactants that are potentially irritating and toxic.