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Introducing the award

The Biochemical Engineering Journal Young Investigator Award recognizes outstanding excellence in research and practice contributed to the field of biochemical engineering by a young community member.

2014 Winner: Chetan Goudar

Chetan T. Goudar is Director of Process Development at Amgen Inc., and heads the Cell Science and Technology department in Thousand Oaks, CA. He received a B.Tech. in Chemical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Trichy (1995); a M.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Oklahoma (1998), and a Ph.D. in Chemical and Biological Engineering from the University of British Columbia (2006). Chetan headed the Cell Culture Development department at Bayer HealthCare in Berkeley, CA, prior to joining Amgen in 2012.

Dr Goudar received his award at the 16th European Congress on Biotechnology, 14-17th July 2014, Edinburgh, Scotland, at which he presented a lecture entitled, A Glimpse into the Future of Mammalian Cell Culture Process Development: Innovative Approaches to Impact Time to Clinic, Product Quality, and Cost of Process Development and Commercial Manufacturing.

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2013 Winner: Matthew P. de Lisa

Matthew P. DeLisa is a Professor in the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY). He received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Connecticut in 1996; a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Maryland in 2001; and did postdoctoral work at the University of Texas-Austin, Department of Chemical Engineering. DeLisa joined the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Cornell University as an assistant professor in 2003. He was promoted to associate professor in 2009 and to full professor in 2013. In addition, he recently served as a Gastprofessur at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zürich) in the Institut für Mikrobiologie.

Professor DeLisa received his award at Biochemical and Molecular Engineering XVIII, June 16-20, 2013, Beijing, China, at which he presented a keynote lecture entitled "Bacterial glycoengineering: from cellular enzymes and pathways to human therapeutics and vaccines". Click here to read the abstract.

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Previous winners

2012 Young Investigator Award Winner: Ali Khademhosseini

Dr. Khademhosseini is an Associate Professor at Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, Brigham and Women's Hospital, and Harvard Medical School; and an Associate Faculty at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University. Additionally, he serves as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin and a Junior Principal Investigator at Japan's World Premier International – Advanced Institute for Materials Research at Tohoku University.

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2011 Young Investigator Award Winner: Kristala L. Jones Prather

KristalL. Jones Prather is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA).

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2009 Young Investigator Award Winner: Kelvin H. Lee

Kelvin H. Lee is Gore Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Delaware and is Director of the Delaware Biotechnology Institute.

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TheBiochemical Engineering Journal Young Investigator Award was launched in 2009, originally on a biennial basis, then annually since 2011. The prize recognizes outstanding excellence in research and practice contributed to the field of biochemical engineering by a young community member.

2015 Biochemical Engineering Journal Young Investigator Award

The Biochemical Engineering Journal Young Investigator Award recognizes outstanding excellence in research and practice contributed to the field of biochemical engineering by a young community member.  Candidates will be considered from all world regions, but must be less than 41 years of age on March 31, 2015.

The Young Investigator Award is presented on an annual basis at either ECI's Biochemical and Molecular Engineering Conference (odd years) or the European Congress of Biotechnology (even years). A list of previous winners is available on our website.

The 2015 award consists of a cash prize of 2,500 U.S. Dollars and a plaque presented at the ECI's Biochemical and Molecular Engineering XIX conference, held from July 12-16, 2015 at the Hyatt Ziva in Los Cabos, Mexico.

The award recipient will present a keynote lecture based on the content of his or her submitted abstract for an oral or poster presentation. He or she will also be invited to compose a review article for the Biochemical Engineering Journal.

Nominations must be received no later than March 31, 2015.

NOMINATIONS PROCEDURE

Candidates for the award must be self-nominated and must submit an abstract to the ECI's Biochemical and Molecular Engineering XIX conference (July 12-16, 2015 in Los Cabos, Mexico) to be considered. The selected candidate must also attend the meeting in order to receive the award. Candidate applications must consist of the following materials:

1) Nominee's curriculum vitae
2) Statement of up to two pages describing the nominee's accomplishments and impact in the field of biochemical engineering
3) A copy of an abstract to be considered for presentation at the 2015 Biochemical and Molecular Engineering Conference
4) Up to two published works by the candidate

The above items should be sent by the nominee as a single pdf file to the Publisher, Dr. Angela Welch, a.welch@elsevier.com.

5) Up to two letters of support

The letters of support should be sent directly by the letter writers to Dr. Angela Welch, Publisher, preferably as electronic files.

Nominations must be received no later than March 31, 2015.
Anticipated award announcement date: May 15, 2015.

Biochemical Engineering Journal Young Investigator Award Selection Committee:

Representing the ECI Biochemical and Molecular Engineering XIX Conference:

Theresa Good, Chair, Biochemical and Molecular Engineering XIX
Program Director, Systems and Synthetic Biology MCB/BIO, National Science Foundation, Washington, DC, USA

David K. Robinson, Chair, Biochemical and Molecular Engineering Conferences Steering Committee
Vice President Biologics and Executive Director CMC Regulatory Biologics and Vaccines, Merck & Co., Inc., USA

Gargi Seth, Chair, Biochemical and Molecular Engineering XIX
Senior General Manager, R&D, Intas Pharmaceuticals (Biopharma Division), Ltd., Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

Representing the Biochemical Engineering Journal:

William M. Miller, Editor, Biochemical Engineering Journal
Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Northwestern University, USA

Masahito Taya, Editor, Biochemical Engineering Journal
Professor of Chemical Engineering, Osaka University, Japan

Colin Webb, Editor, Biochemical Engineering Journal
Professor of Chemical Engineering, University of Manchester, United Kingdom

Contacts:

If you would like more information about the Biochemical Engineering Journal Young Investigator Award please contact:
Angela Welch, Senior Publisher
Biochemical Engineering Journal, Elsevier

The award consists of a cash prize of 2,500 U.S. Dollars and a plaque presented at the sponsoring conference. The award recipient presents a keynote lecture at the sponsoring conference and is also invited to compose a review article for the Biochemical Engineering Journal.

The Young Investigator Award has been presented at either the Annual AIChE meeting in conjunction with the Food, Pharmaceutical and Bioengineering (FPBE) Division (even years) or ECI's Biochemical and Molecular Engineering Conferences (odd years). In 2014, for the first time, the Award was presented at the European Congress of Biotechnology.

The award recipient presents a keynote lecture at the sponsoring conference, based on the content of his or her submitted abstract for an oral or poster presentation. He or she is also invited to compose a review article for the Biochemical Engineering Journal.

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