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ACTIP Fellowships







ACTIP Fellowships

ACTIP (the Animal Cell Technology Industrial Platform) is the informal European forum of companies employing animal cell technology ( 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 last call for applications was published in spring 2017 and applications were received during summer 2017. Applications should be sent from 29 May to 7 August 2017. ACTIP members review the applications received and select the winners for the ACTIP Fellowship Award. 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. The next call for applications will be available online in spring 2019. For more information on the last call for application download the flyer here.

“It was an excellent experience participating in this event as it generated great networking opportunities and it allowed for presenting research projects in front of representatives from key biopharmaceutical companies working with animal cells.”

“It was a great pleasure to be part of the conference about topical subjects in animal cell technologies of biopharmaceutical companies and to present my research work to that expert audience.”

“The best opportunity to network with leaders from different companies in a family atmosphere, discuss about recent topics in the field of animal cell technology and get an insight in companies.”

“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.”

Sara Pereira (ACTIP Fellow 2017-2018)

Alina Handl (ACTIP Fellow 2017-2018) 

Gundula Sprick (ACTIP Fellow 2017-2018)

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

 A number of fellows have joined the ACTIP network

Since its inception in 2009, 31 Fellows have been awarded with the ACTIP Fellowship.
The last two Fellows ware given the ACTIP Fellowship Award in Düsseldorf, Germany on 8 June 2018.

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

Winners fellowship 2017-2018

Sara Pereira (awarded in June 2018)
Engineering of by-product-reduced CHO cell lines
NovoNordisk & TUD, Denmark

Alina Handl (awarded in June 2018)
Development of M3C Strategies in Production Processes with CHO Cell Cultures to Prevent the Formation Product Aggregation during Process
Biberach University of Applied Sciences & Ulm University, Germany

Gundula Sprick (awarded in December 2017)
Transduction of Human Mesenchymal Stroma Cells with Recombinant Baculoviruses
Giessen University of Applied Sciences, Germany

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

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

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

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

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

Benjamin Neunstoecklin
Criteria for scale-up and scale-down of bioreactors for cultivation of mammalian cells
ETHZ, Switzerland

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

Daria Popova
Robust Strategy Development for Primary Recovery of Mammalian Cell Cultures
University College of London, United Kingdom

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

Margarida Serra
Bioengineering approaches for up- and down-stream processing of human stem cells for clinical application
iBET/ITQB, Portugal

Thomas Villiger
Experimental and modeling framework to control N-linked glycosylation
ETH & Merck-Serono, Switzerland

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

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

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

Max-Planck-Institute, Germany

Jochen Sieck
Response of a CHO production cell line to separate hydrodynamic shear stress regimes in bioreactors
Novartis Pharma, Switzerland

Jana Rödig
Process conditions can markedly affect the N-glycosylation pattern and immunogenicity of Influenza A virus
Max-Planck-Institute, Germany

Winners fellowship 2011

Peter O’Callaghan
The engineering design paradigm as a tool to enhance industrial recombinant monoclonal antibody production
Lonza Biologics, United Kingdom

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

Jan Bechmann
Application of metabolomics technologies for the evaluation of data driven bioprocess control in CHO cell cultures
Boehringer Ingelheim, Germany

Thomas Solacroup
Applying enhanced Quality by Design approach for the design space of a mammalian cell culture process
Merck Serono, Switzerland

Winners fellowship 2010

Stephanie Tissot
Orbitally shaken bioreactors for mammalian cell culture
EPFL, Switzerland

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

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

Rutger van Wielink
Improving the production of deINS1 influenza virus in animal cell culture
Wageningen University, Central Veterinary Institute, The Netherlands

Winners fellowship 2009

Rosalyn Masterton
Engineering mammalian cells for enhanced recombinant protein production
Dept. of Biosciences, University of Kent, United Kingdom

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

Tobias May
Biological relevant cell systems: the conditional immortalization system
Helmholtz Center for Infection Research, Germany

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