Conference in Berkeley 10-12 Nov – University of Copenhagen

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Conference in Berkeley 10-12 Nov

The conference seeks to explore a new multileveled approach to speed up knowledge development and enter the fast track to optimal, large-scale and market-relevant production of high value compounds.

Plant Power Conference Berkeley 2014Vice Head of Copenhagen Plant Science Centre, Poul Erik Jensen, is co-organizing and chairing the conference “Synthetic Biology meets Organic Synthesis” in Berkeley on 10-12 November 2014.

The conference seeks to explore a whole new controversial approach to collaborations: Until now organic synthesis and synthetic biology have been parallel disciplines that compete in many aspects but rarely interact. However, there is a great potential in combining the two fields with an overall aim of a more holistic approach and a more efficient output of high-value compound.

Via Organic Synthesis products can be made from scratch but in many difficult and time-consuming and often polluting steps. By Synthetic Biology genes and enzymes are moved between organisms, and pathways are combined in different ways. This secures a more pure and simple production once the organism has been created, but with the limitation that the enzymes should be available, and the products should not kill the organism synthesizing it. Synthetic Biology has its strength in production of very complex structures, whereas the strength in Organic Synthesis is to produce products and functional groups that are completely new to nature. By combining the two fields one could produce very complex structures with functional groups that are not found in nature,  but may have great potential as e.g. pharmaceuticals.

Plant Power Conference 2014The conference will seek to broaden the horizon within this area of high-value compounds. Therefore, we have invited NASA to present their view of what kind of compounds, products etc. will be needed in the future. For instance, what is needed to sustain our lives both is space as well as on Earth (pharmaceuticals, polymers, degradable plastics, biomolecules etc.) in an environmentally friendly way? These presentations will be followed by facilitated matchmaking between industries and researchers as well as between the different disciplines of research.

Lastly, “master classes” between relevant areas will secure knowledge transfer between users of different organism as production hosts.

The conference is supported by funding through the Danish Council for Strategic ResearchCenter for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) and the Banatao Institute@CITRIS Berkeley, and Innovation Centre Denmark.

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Please download the tentative program and thedescription of the individual sessions.


See the list of confirmed speakers.

Conference Committee

Prof. Poul Erik Jensen (University of Copenhagen, chair)
Prof. Jay Keasling (UC Berkeley, vice-chair) 
Prof. Birger Lindberg Møller (University of Copenhagen) 
Prof. Kris Niyogi (UC Berkeley) 
Dr. Thomas Högberg (LeoPharma) 
Dr. Jørgen Hansen (Evolva).

Price and registration

Participation only on 10-Nov: Price $130 (DKK 720, Euro 97)*
Participation in all three days 10-12 Nov: Price $330 (DKK 1800, Euro 241)*

*the prices includes food and drinks but not accommodation.

Registration is now open.

Further information

For information contact Project Manager Kristine Kirkensgaard (