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ACTIP Fellowships

Applications open from 29 May to 7 August 2017

ACTIP Fellowships

ACTIP (the Animal Cell Technology Industrial Platform) is the informal European forum of companies employing animal cell technology (www.actip.org). Twice a year the representatives of the member companies meet to discuss research, development, technology and regulatory issues of mutual interest. Besides the representatives of the member companies, invited speakers and observer companies (SMEs working on the themes covered by the meeting) make up the participants of these meetings. The meetings are characterized by a friendly atmosphere and very lively discussions and take place in the home towns (and sometimes on the premises) of ACTIP members.

ACTIP opens up these informal industrial meetings to young scientists working on a project in biomanufacturing or related activity of industrial interest, i.e. development of new expression systems, new mammalian cell lines, or test development. The project might have been conducted in industry, academia or a government agency.

For this purpose, ACTIP publishes regular Calls for Application for an ACTIP Fellowship. The next call for applications for the period 2017-2018 is now published. Applications should be sent from 29 May to 7 August 2017. ACTIP members will review the applications received and select the winners for the ACTIP Fellowship Award by mid October 2017. A Fellowship consists of all costs paid to attend a two-day meeting of ACTIP taking place over the course of the two years following the publication of the call. The list of ACTIP Fellowship Awards provided at the ACTIP meetings since 2009 is shown below. For more information download the flyer here.

“A wonderful privilege, being exposed to pivotal and groundbreaking technologies, visiting an active company in the field, and having plenty of time to meet inspiring leaders from the most relevant Cell-Biotech companies.”

“An outstanding and invaluable experience at the forefront of Europe’s pharmaceutical industry in a highly inspiring, captivating and dynamic atmosphere.”

“The perfect opportunity to meet and network with leaders and experts of many biotech companies, present to such an audience and get an exciting glimpse into the research topics relevant to industry.”

“An outstanding experience demonstrating the importance of science, collaboration and critical thinking on topics touching the whole biotechnology sector.”

Gonçalo M.C. Rodrigues
(ACTIP Fellow 2015-2016) 

Lisa A. Pieper
(ACTIP Fellow 2015-2016)

Maren Bleckmann
(ACTIP Fellow 2015-2016)

Benjamin Neunstoecklin
(ACTIP Fellow 2015-2016)

 A number of fellows have joined the ACTIP network

Since its inception in 2009, 28 Fellows have been awarded with the ACTIP Fellowship.
The last Fellow was given the ACTIP Fellowship Award in Sopot, Poland on 5 May, 2017.

All Fellows that received their honours at the ACTIP meetings since 2009 are shown below with the title of their projects:

Winners fellowship 2015-2016

Gonçalo M.C. Rodrigues (awarded in May 2017)
Large-Scale Production of Human Oligodendrocyte Precursor Cells from Pluripotent Stem Cells
University of Lisbon & University of California, Portugal
gmcr26@gmail.com

Luis Fernando Malaver-Ortega (awarded in Dec. 2016)
Engineering biological functions in vitro for vaccine production
CSIRO, Australia
Luis.Malaver@csiro.au

Lisa A. Pieper (awarded in May 2016)
Engineering of recombinant antibody producing CHO cells to improve productivity and robustness by knockdown/knockout strategies
University of Stuttgart, Germany
lisa.pieper@izi.uni-stuttgart.de

Maren Bleckmann (awarded in Dec. 2015)
Optimization of recombinant protein production in insect cells
Helmholtz Center for Infection Research, Germany
bleckmann.maren@gmail.de

Winners fellowship 2013-2014

Karen Schwab
2D fluorescence spectroscopy in combination with extrinsic fluorescence dyes as powerful tool during process development to ensure product quality
University of Biberach, Germany
karen.schwab@boehringer-ingelheim.com

Benjamin Neunstoecklin
Criteria for scale-up and scale-down of bioreactors for cultivation of mammalian cells
ETHZ, Switzerland
b.neunstoecklin@gmail.com

Sarah Mercier
Evaluation and implementation of PAT tools to improve manufacturing excellence of Crucell’s PER.C6® cultivation processes
Wageningen UR & Crucell, The Netherlands
smercier@its.jnj.com

Daria Popova
Robust Strategy Development for Primary Recovery of Mammalian Cell Cultures
University College of London, United Kingdom
d.popova@ucl.ac.uk

Rhian Grainger
CHO cell line specific prediction and control of recombinant monoclonal antibody N-glycosylation
Oxford BioMedica, United Kingdom
rhiangrainger@gmail.com

Margarida Serra
Bioengineering approaches for up- and down-stream processing of human stem cells for clinical application
iBET/ITQB, Portugal
mserra@itqb.unl.pt

Thomas Villiger
Experimental and modeling framework to control N-linked glycosylation
ETH & Merck-Serono, Switzerland
thomas.villiger@chem.ethz.ch

Christian Schrøder Kaas
Using transcriptomics and mammalian cell line engineering for optimizing biopharm production
Technical University of Denmark & Novo Nordisk A/S, Denmark
csrk@novonordisk.com


Winners fellowship 2012

Robert Whitfield
Analysis of the key intracellular signalling pathways involved in the suspension and serum-free adaptation of CHO cells

University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
r.j.whitfield@sheffield.ac.uk

Edoardo D’Imprima
Micro-Platform for cell sorting and drug discovery

Max-Planck-Institute, Germany
eddimpri@biophys.mpg.de

Jochen Sieck
Response of a CHO production cell line to separate hydrodynamic shear stress regimes in bioreactors
Novartis Pharma, Switzerland
jochen.sieck@novartis.com

Jana Rödig
Process conditions can markedly affect the N-glycosylation pattern and immunogenicity of Influenza A virus
Max-Planck-Institute, Germany
roedig@mpi-magdeburg.mpg.de

Winners fellowship 2011

Peter O’Callaghan
The engineering design paradigm as a tool to enhance industrial recombinant monoclonal antibody production
Lonza Biologics, United Kingdom
peter.ocallaghan@lonza.com

Steffen Meyer
mHost-XS – A new versatile donor- & expression vector for protein production in eukaryotic systems
Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Germany
Steffen.Meyer@helmholtz-hzi.de

Jan Bechmann
Application of metabolomics technologies for the evaluation of data driven bioprocess control in CHO cell cultures
Boehringer Ingelheim, Germany
jan.bechmann@boehringer-ingelheim.com

Thomas Solacroup
Applying enhanced Quality by Design approach for the design space of a mammalian cell culture process
Merck Serono, Switzerland
thomas.solacroup@merckgroup.com

Winners fellowship 2010

Stephanie Tissot
Orbitally shaken bioreactors for mammalian cell culture
EPFL, Switzerland
stephanie.tissot@epfl.ch

Sonja Wilke
Producing mammalian proteins for structures: site-directed recombination in CHO Lec3.2.8.1 cells
Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research, Germany
sonja.wilke@helmholtz-hzi.de

Sven Ansorge
Multi-frequency permittivity measurements for real time monitoring supervision and control of cell culture processes
National Research Council Canada, Biotechnology Research Institute, Canada
sven.ansorge@cnrc-nrc.gc.ca

Rutger van Wielink
Improving the production of deINS1 influenza virus in animal cell culture
Wageningen University, Central Veterinary Institute, The Netherlands
rutger.vanwielink@wur.nl

Winners fellowship 2009

Rosalyn Masterton
Engineering mammalian cells for enhanced recombinant protein production
Dept. of Biosciences, University of Kent, United Kingdom
r.j.masterton@kent.ac.uk

Jochen Schaub
Systems Biotechnology Approaches in Industrial Mammalian Cell Culture
Boehringer Ingelheim Pharma GmbH & Co. KG
A BP Process Science, Germany

Markus Heine
High performance minicircle for industrial production of recombinant therapeutic agents
Helmholtz Center for Infection Research, Germany
Markus.Heine@helmholtz-hzi.de

Tobias May
Biological relevant cell systems: the conditional immortalization system
Helmholtz Center for Infection Research, Germany
tobias.may@helmholtz-hzi.de

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