From Nature to Bioreactor

Our Mini-Symposium will address the current state of application of in vitro plant culture technologies in Pharma, Food and Cosmetics. The program of the Mini-Symposium includes invited lectures as well as a call for poster presentations.

The main topics of the Mini-Symposium are:

  • Methodologies in in-vitro plant cultivation: From plant tissue to plant suspension cultures
  • Strategies for controlling plant secondary metabolite contents in medicinal and aromatic plants
  • Hardware, infrastructure and bioprocess control methods for plant biotechnology
  • GMP and non-GMP applications for plant biotechnology


Wednesday, 7 September 2016, Afternoon

Plant cell cultures for(Bio)Pharma, Food and Cosmetics

13:00 - 13:30 Registration and coffee
Session chair
Plant cell cultures for (Bio)Pharma or related applications
Regine Eibl, ZHAW
13:30 - 13:35 Welcome Message
Christian Hinderling, ZHAW
13:35 - 14:05 Industrial scale in vitro production processes with plant cell and tissue culture
Gilbert Gorr and Matthias Pump, Phyton.Biotech
14:10 - 14:40 Improving plant cell cultures by design of experiments and scaled-up manufacturing in disposable bioractors
Stefan Schillberg, Fraunhofer IME
14:45 - 15:15 Bryotechnology: GMP compliant manufacturing of moss-made biopharmaceuticals
Holger Niederkrüger, Greenovation Biotech
14:15 - 15:45 Coffee break and poster session
Session chair
Plant cell cultures for (Bio)Pharma or related applications
Kalina Danova, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
15:45 - 16:15 Plant cryobiotechnology for food security and biodiversity conservation
Hugh Pritchard, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew - Comparative Seed Biology
16:20 - 16:50 Strategies to increase the production of secondary metabolites of mediterranean plants
Laura Pistelli, University of Pisa
16:55 - 17:15 Production of medicinal and aromatic plants: Importance of cell tissue culture
Xavier Simonnet, Mediplant
17:15 Apéro and poster session


Thursday, 8 September 2016, Morning

Current and future oppotunities using plant cell cultures

8:30 - 9:00 Registration and coffee
Session chair
Plant cell cultures for Cosmetic applications
Evelyn Wolfram, ZHAW
9:00 - 9:45 A berry good Story - berry and birch cells as active ingredients for cosmetic applications
Kirsi-Marja Oksman-Caldentey, VTT
9:50 - 10:20 A success story for plant cells for modern cosmetics
Bernhard Henes, Mibelle Group Biochemistry
10:20 - 10:55 Coffee break and poster session
11:00 - 11:30 Green bioprinting - A promising method for embedding plant cells in a structured hydrogel matrix
Julia Seidel, Technical University of Dresden
Session chair
Prospectives in exploration and conservation of medicinal plants for Phytotherapy
Xavier Simonnet, Mediplant
11:35 - 12:00 In vitro culture of native medicinal plant from Balkan region
Kalina Danova, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
12:00 - 12:25 Natural potential of several medicinal and aromatic species in the Artemisia genus with economic and ecological value in Moldova
Camelia Stefanache, CCB "Stejarul" Piatea Neamt
12:25 - 12:40 Short Resumee of the Mini-Symposium
Evelyn Wolfram, ZHAW
12:40 - 13:40 Lunch, exhibition and poster session