Genome Engineering and Synthetic Biology

Presenting the first edition
VIB FSVM Research Building UGent, 16-17 September 2013
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Genome Engineering and Synthetic Biology
Presenting the first edition

Why this meeting?
With many genomes sequenced, scientists are forging ahead to modify those genomes, either by custom nucleases or by synthesizing genomes from scratch, with specific purposes.
The last two years have seen a technology tsunami in the field of designer nucleases for genome engineering as well as exponential increases in DNA synthesis capabilities.
How can scientists leverage these technologies for high throughput functional genomics and design custom genome modifications to accelerate their research, enabling groundbreaking new discoveries?
Will genome engineering and synthetic biology revolutionize the marketplace, setting of a new industrial revolution?
VIB considers these technologies of utmost potential for the life sciences and has brought together a symposium with top scientists from both industry and academia.

Top speakers
Together, the invited speakers have published more than 20 scientific publications in journals of the Nature and Science group in the period 2010-2013.

Industry perspectives
From the biotech industry, we have presentations scheduled from top level scientists (CSO and CEO level) from Cellectis, Meiogenix, Horizon Discovery, Gen9 Biosciences, Cambrian Genomics and more to come.
These companies are pushing the technology boundaries in Genome Engineering further with tools and new business models.
What’s in store for scientists and how is the marketplace evolving?

Balanced program
We have taken care to balance our program with talks of academia and industry mixed.
Please have a look at our Program page for a quick overview of the symposium.

International target audience and networking
Given the potential of genome engineering technologies and the broad program of the meeting, we expect attendees from all over Europe to join us.
We hope many scientists from Genome engineering and DNA synthesis companies will attend the meeting for networking with academic and industry colleagues.

Top speakers: 

Feng Zhang

MIT & Harvard, US

Keith Joung

Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) & Harvard Medical School, US

Jin-Soo Kim

Seoul National University, KR

Jens Boch

University Halle-Wittenberg, DE

Jingdong Tian

Duke University, US

Jerrod Schwartz

University of Washington, US

Piet Herdewijn

KU Leuven, BE

John Glass

J. Craig Venter Institute, US

Farren Isaacs

Yale University, US

Day 1 - 16 September 2013: Designer Nucleases and genome modification

Monday, 16 September, 2013
09:00 - 09:20
Coffee & registration
09:20 - 09:30
Introduction and welcome
09:30 - 12:30
Morning program
09:30 - 10:10
The programmable TALE DNA-binding domain
Jens Boch
University Halle-Wittenberg, DE
10:10 - 10:40
Genome Editing in Bacterial and Mammalian Cells using Group II Introns, CompoZr ZFNs, and CRISPR-Cas Systems
10.40-11.10 - Coffee break
11:40 - 12:20
Genome Engineering: Technologies and Applications
Seokjoong Kim
CEO Toolgen
11:40 - 12:20
Genome Engineering: Technologies and Applications
Feng Zhang
MIT & Harvard, US
12:30 - 13:30
Lunch & Poster session
13:30 - 17:30
Afternoon program
13:30 - 14:10
Genome editing in cells and animals with ZFNs, TALENs, and RNA-guided endonucleases (RGENs)
Jin-Soo Kim
Seoul National University, KR
14:10 - 14:50
Targeted Genome Editing Using TALENs and CRISPR RNA-Guided Nucleases
Keith Joung
Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) & Harvard Medical School, US
14:50 - 15:20
KeyBase®, a targeted mutagenesis technology for the improvement of crops species
15:20 - 15:50
Coffee Break
15:50 - 16:30
TALE-based endonucleases for genome engineering
Philippe Duchateau
Cellectis
16:30 - 17:30
Closing drink & networking

Day 2 - 17 September 2013: DNA synthesis/assembly and synthetic genomics

Wednesday, 17 September, 2014
09:00 - 09:30
Coffee & registration
09:30 - 12:30
Morning Program - DNA synthesis/Assembly
09:30 - 10:10
Integrated high-throughput on-chip gene synthesis for construction and optimization of synthetic biosystems
Jingdong Tian
Duke University, US
10:10 - 10:50
Accurately writing genes and genomes
Jerrod Schwartz
University of Washington, US
10:50 - 11:20
Coffee break
11:20 - 11:50
SGI-DNAs Next generation DNA synthesis and assembly tools and technology
Justin Bingham
SGI-DNA, USA
11:50 - 12:30
Orthogonal Chemistry Towards A Synthetic Genome
Piet Herdewijn
KU Leuven, BE
12:30 - 13:30
Lunch & Poster session
13:30 - 17:30
Afternoon Program - Synthetic genomics
13:30 - 14:10
Digitizing Life Using Synthetic Genomics
John Glass
J. Craig Venter Institute, US
14:10 - 14:50
Programming Genomes to Re-engineer Life's Functional Repertoire
Farren Isaacs
Yale University, US
14:50 - 15:20
Targeting of Meiotic Recombination
Giacomo Bastianelli
Meiogenix
15:20 - 15:50
Coffee Break
15:50 - 16:20
From Chips to Genes: Creating Clonal Genes Greater than 10kb in Length
Kevin Munnelly
CEO, Gen9, US
16:30 - 17:30
Closing drink