Posted 10/5/15 by . Filed under Featured News, News and Updates.

Professor Satoshi Ōmura, Distinguished Emeritus Professor, Kitasato University, has won the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Along with his colleague, Dr. William C. Campbell, Drew University, the two were honored for their discoveries concerning a novel therapy against infections caused by roundworm parasites. Dr. Campbell and Prof. Ōmura discovered a new drug, Avermectin, the derivatives of which have radically lowered the incidence of River Blindness and Lymphatic Filariasis, as well as showing efficacy against an expanding number of other parasitic diseases.

Professor Ōmura is an SIMB Fellow and served as Honorary Co-chair of the recent SIMB Conference on Natural Product Discovery and Development in the Post Genomic Era. Dr. Ōmura also served on the Advisory Committee for the SIMB Biotechnology of Microbial Products: Novel Pharmacological and Agrobiological Activities (BMP) conferences.

The 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was shared with Professor Youyou Tu, China Academy of Traditional Medicine, for her work on Artemisinin to treat malaria.

Posted 9/30/15 by . Filed under Featured News, News and Updates.

Congratulations to the award winners for the 2015 Carol D. Litchfield Student Awards!

Best Student Oral Presentation:

S77 “Identification of novel methylbenzene-containing polyketides produced by an actinomycete with rifampicin-induced rpoB gene mutation”
W.L. Thong, The University of Tokyo

Best Student Poster presentations

P9 “Creation of non-natural sugar enzymes by a conserved sequence-based recombination”
S.M. Shin, Kyungpook National University

P4 “A preliminary glimpse into the genome of Sedimenticola selenatireducens strain AK4OH1”
T. Louie, Rutgers University

Fermentation/Cell Culture
P46 “Glucose auto-feeding for glucaric acid production by a recombinant E. coli strain”Transcription activator-like effectors as tools for controlling bacterial gene expression”
D. Stenger, Drew University

Metabolic Engineering
P101 “Transcription activator-like effectors as tools for controlling bacterial gene expression”
M.C. Politz, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Natural Products
P98 “Genome-wide response of Saccharaomyces cerevisiae to the neurotoxic fungal volatile organic compound 1-octen-3-ol”
S. Morath, Rutgers University

Posted 9/29/15 by . Filed under Featured News, News and Updates.

Robert Schwartz, Abbott Labs (ret.) and editor-in-chief of the SIMB Journal of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology (2005-2010) has been selected as the 2015 David Perlman Awardee.

The award will be presented in conjunction with the SIMB Recent Advances in Fermentation Technology (RAFT) conferences. This year’s RAFT conference will be held November 8-11 in Clearwater Beach, Florida.

Posted 8/13/15 by . Filed under Featured News, News and Updates.


The Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology is currently accepting abstracts for oral and poster presentations to be presented at the 38th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals (SBFC). Technical talks and posters make up the majority of presentations, however detailed and informative presentations regarding commercial- and demonstration-scale endeavors advancing and promoting the emerging bio-based economy are strongly encouraged. Presenters are asked to submit their abstracts to one of the six general research tracks listed below. The anticipated number of sessions for each track is indicated parenthetically, but may vary based on the number and quality of abstracts received in each track. Similar to recent years, each session is expected to have 7 oral presentations. Those abstracts not selected for oral presentations will automatically transferred to a poster session. Poster presentations are not expected to be limited.

Call for Abstracts – Deadline November 20, 2015

38th Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals
April 25-28, 2016, Hilton Baltimore at Camden Yards, Baltimore, MD
Submit your Abstract Now

Posted 7/10/15 by . Filed under Featured News.

SIMB President Tim Davies appointed a Presidential Committee on Strategic Planning whose goal was to update the Strategic Plan including the mission, vision, core values and goals of SIMB. Susan Bagley, Jeff Schwartz, Scott Baker, Chris Lowe, Tim and myself have been working since November on a new Strategic Plan. The Board of Directors and the SIMB committee members has reviewed and provided feedback which is reflected in the draft version included here. Our goal is to get final approval for the document at the August 6 Board Meeting at the SIMB Annual Meeting. The draft Strategic Plan will also be discussed at the SIMB Business Meeting on August 5. Once the final document is approved the committees will formulate plans and actions on how their activities will address the aspirations and goals that are outlined in the Strategic Plan.