Last February 5th – 7th took place the 16th Iberian Peptide Meeting combined with the 4th ChemBio Group Meeting at the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB). The event was envisaged as an opportunity for researchers in both peptide and chemical biology to converge into a single scientific event with a program that reflects cutting edge research in these frequently inter-related areas. An impressive roster of internationally known speakers, from Portugal, Spain and other European countries, as well as Canada and Australia, participated in the plenary and invited lectures, and will be completed by a good number of oral, flash and poster communications. CarbaZymes was represented by Dr Clapes and Dr Bujon from CSIC with two posters:  “2-Keto-3-Deoxy-l-Rhamnonate Aldolase (YfaU) as Catalyst for the synthesis of amino acid derivative” and “Synthesis of Cyclic β-Hydroxy-α-amino Acid Derivatives by 3-Methyl-2-oxobutanoate Hydroxymethyl Transferase”. This work is related to the latest articles published by the group.


An article titled “New Routes in Biocatalysis” about the Carbazymes project and its aims was featured on the 19/12/2017 in German newspaper Darmstaedter Echo, which reaches daily up to 367,000 readers.

Our coordinator Prof. Fessner provide general inforamtion about the carbazymes Aims and objectives, our conosritum and the impact of the project.


Last December 13th  Our Coordinator, Prof. Fessner was interview at the at the TU Darmstadt about our project. The article was published under the title New enzymes for Green Chemistry: EU research project CarbaZymes. 

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The idyllic surroundings of the 14th century Carthusian monastery Certosa di Pontignano,the official conference center of the Universitá degli studi di Siena(Italy), hosted an international Summer School on

Biocatalysis as a Key Enabling Technology


from 3 – 6 October 2017. Chaired by Professor Fessner from the Technische Universität Darmstadt (Germany), the meeting was organized by CarbaZymes in collaboration with Metafluidics and ROBOX as an all Horizon 2020 funded, coordinated project event. Further participants also attended from current Marie-Curie ITN actions Biocascades, OXYtrain and EScat, as well as from the COST action CM1303 “Systems Biocatalysis”. The aim of the Summer School was to teach modern cutting edge technologies, disseminate conceptual innovations and recent discoveries, and to instruct the next generation of expert scientistsin the field of biocatalysis. In total, 60 young researchers working in various laboratories from 16 European countries, of 23 different nationalities and from more than seven EU funded projectsattented the School and showcased their own research work by poster contributions and short oral presentations. Twelve expert lecturers from six European countries, both from industry and academia, presented their insight views on important aspects within a compact program, spanning a broad scope of platform technologies from enzyme discovery, enzyme engineering, and synthetic applications, including industrial utilization. Key enabling factors such as perfect weather, Tuscany landscape, Italian food and Chianti wine all helped together to stimulate intense scientific discussions and professional networking. Quite certainly, the event will have a positive impact on the future development of novel biocatalytic processes, towards a sustainable planet and a happier future for humanity!

Here we are, enjoying the blue Tuscany sky while giving it our scientific best: 



CarbaZymes Delivers Innovation at BioTrans 2017

The CarbaZymes partners held their internal progress meeting this year in beautiful Budapest at the Eötvös Lóránd University, as a satellite event to the 13th BioTrans Symposium, Europe’s major conference in applied biocatalysis.

CarbaZymes had a strong presence at the BioTrans symposium too: Our research result swere presented by Professor Clapés who gave a plenary lecture, Dr Anna Szekrenyi who gave an oral presentation and a further 12 posters showing the consortium´s outcomes and breakthroughs in biocatalytic syntheses, to support greener processes for industrial production.

Our SME partners were among the many industrial exhibitors participating in this esteemed scientific event, which this year attracted more than 520 participants, to raise their profiles with potential clients. Bio-Prodict was showcasing their novel 3DM technology for enzyme selection and optimisation, part of which was the new thermostability algorithm, developed within the CarbaZymes project. PROZOMIXwas a conference sponsor and had a prominent logo presence. In addition their advanced proprietary GRASP™ high-throughput (meta-)genome-mining technology towards the development of novel/maximum diversity panels of biocatalysis enzymes, and new CMO services, were communicated through leaflets to all participants. Moreover, during BioTrans we officially announced our upcoming CarbaZymes showcase event, the Novel Enzymes Conference, which will take place next year (9-12 October 2018) at the coordinator´s site, the Technische Universität Darmstadt, in Darmstadt, Germany. We hope to see you all there!

Mrs Yen-Chi Thai presents a poster Professor Clapes gives a keynote lecture


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