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Synthetic Biology for Natural Products Conference

The Interface of (Meta)Genomics, Machine Learning, and Natural Product Discovery

05 Mar 2017 - 08 Mar 2017

Cancun, Mexico

Synopsis

Genome sequencing has revealed an enormous biosynthetic capacity for microbial natural products, only a small fraction of which are represented in fermentation-based screens. Synthetic biology tools are being developed to translate the encoded diversity of microbial biosynthetic pathways into novel compounds and natural products. The Synthetic Biology for Natural Products conference will blend these disciplines with the goal of generating new platforms, tools and technologies to capture, manipulate and engineer natural product genes and pathways. Converting this vast untapped (meta)genomic diversity into novel chemical leads for biomedical and agricultural applications will require breakthroughs in design, scale and biologics that currently limit the field.

Key Sessions Include:

- (Meta)Genomics-Enabled Natural Product Discovery
- New Tools for Capturing, Manipulating and Activating SM Pathways
- Advances in Heterologous Expression & Screening Technologies
- Designing Genes and Circuits for Novel Products and Yield Improvement

Target Audience

Synthetic biology scientists and companies looking to learn the latest engineering and synthetic biology technologies for converting small molecule, natural product pathways into novel compounds. Topics discussed during the conference will span the experimental spectrum from molecular biology, microbiology, drug discovery, chemistry and pharmacology, to antibiosis activities against cancer, viral and microbial pathogens.

Educational Need

A new generation of tools and technologies is needed to convert the vast biodiversity found in natural product pathways into bioactive compounds and treatments. The Synthetic Biology for Natural Products conference will bring together a broad spectrum of research scientists and corporate managers interested in learning about the latest developments in this new field.

Confirmed Speakers

Laurent Daviet (Firmenich SA)
"DEVELOPING BIOSYNTHETIC ROUTES FOR THE MICROBIAL PRODUCTION OF FLAVOR AND FRAGRANCE TERPENES"

Mark Liles (Auburn University)
"RECOVERY AND EXPRESSION OF INTACT SECONDARY METABOLITE BIOSYNTHETIC PATHWAYS FROM A LARGE-INSERT SOIL METAGENOMIC LIBRARY"

William Metcalf (University of Illinois)
"LARGE-SCALE GENOME MINING FOR NATURAL PRODUCT DISCOVERY"

Laura Motta-Mena (Optologix, LLC)
"LITE SWITCH: A LIGHT-INDUCIBLE SYSTEM TO RAPIDLY CONTROL GENE EXPRESSION SPATIALLY AND TEMPORALLY" 

Anne Osbourn (John Innes Centre)
“HARNESSING PLANT METABOLIC DIVERSITY: FROM GENOMES TO GRAM-SCALE QUANTITIES OF NATURAL PRODUCTS AND ANALOGS”

Michael Smanski (University of Minnesota)
"HIGH-THROUGHPUT CONSTRUCTION OF NATURAL PRODUCT BIOSYNTHETIC PATHWAYS"

Christopher Voigt (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
“GENETIC DESIGN FOR DISCOVERY”

Larry Wackett (University of Minnesota)
"DISCOVERY OF β-LACTONE SYNTHETASE ENZYME REVEALS UNEXPECTED OVERLAP IN MICROBIAL HYDROCARBON AND ANTIBIOTIC BIOSYNTHESIS"

Gavin Williams (NC State University)
"SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY APPROACH FOR PRODUCTION AND DIVERSIFICATION OF COMPLEX POLYKETIDES"

Chengcang Charles Wu (Intact Genomics, Inc.)
"ACCESS 1,000,000 FULL-LENGTH SECONDARY METABOLITE BIOSYNTHETIC GENE CLUSTERS AND THEIR NATURAL PRODUCT COMPOUNDS FROM MICROBES AND METAGENOMES"

Huimin Zhao (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
"DISCOVERY AND ENGINEERING OF NOVEL NATURAL PRODUCTS VIA SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY"

David Cane (Brown University)
"NATURE AS STEREOCHEMIST"

Douglas Mitchell (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)
"ROUNDING UP BIOSYNTHETIC GENE CLUSTERS WITH RODEO"

Patrick Westfall (Zymergen)
“SYSTEMATIC AND COMPREHENSIVE GENOME ENGINEERING FOR IMPROVED MICROBIAL PERFORMANCE”

Jay Keasling (UC Berkeley)
“ENGINEERED POLYKETIDE SYNTHASES FOR PRODUCTION OF COMMODITY AND SPECIALTY CHEMICALS”

Alexander Wentzel (Sintef)
"NEW BIOACTIVE COMPOUNDS FROM ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIAL RESOURCES BY AN INTEGRATED FUNCTIONAL (META)GENOMICS APPROACH"

Kristy Hawkins (Antheia)
"A MICROBIAL PLATFORM FOR THE PRODUCTION OF BENZYLISOQUINOLINE ALKALOIDS"

Cornelia Scheitz (Autodesk)
"NEW FROM AUTODESK:  A HIGH POWERED, CLOUD BASED, OPEN SOURCE CAD TOOL TO DRIVE BIOLOGICAL DESIGN."

Mark Burk (Genomatica, Inc.)
“CELL-FREE BIOSYNTHESIS OF NATURAL PRODUCTS AND ANALOGS”

Colin Harvey (Stanford University)
“SACCHAROMYCES CEREVISIAE AS A PLATFORM FOR THE LARGE-SCALE EXPRESSION OF ORPHAN FUNGAL BIOSYNTHETIC GENE CLUSTERS"

Daisuke Umeno (Chiba University)
“LABORATORY EVOLUTION OF CAROTENOID AND TRITERPENOID PATHWAYS”

Elizabeth Sattely (Stanford University)
“DISCOVERY AND ENGINEERING PLANT CHEMISTRY”

Zhen Kang (Jiangnan University)
“DEVELOPMENT OF SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY TOOLS FOR IMPROVING NATURAL PRODUCTS BIOSYNTHESIS”

Brian Pfleger (University of Wisconsin Madison)
"ENGINEERING TRANS-ACTING REGULATORS TO DYNAMICALLY CONTROL GENE EXPRESSION IN BACTERIA"

Joerg Bohlmann (University of British Columbia)
"TERPENE FRAGRANCE BIOSYNTHESIS IN TROPICAL SANDALWOOD"

Charles Moore (Novartis Pharma AG)
“TOWARDS A SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY PLATFORM FOR NATURAL PRODUCT DISCOVERY”

Claudia Schmidt-Dannert (University of Minnesota)
"MAPPING THE TERPENOID NATURAL PRODUCTS DIVERSITY OF BASIDIOMYCOTA"

Wolfgang Wohlleben (University of Tübingen)
"ENGINEERING PRECUSOR SUPPLY IN SECONDRY METABOLITE BIOSYNTHESIS"

David L Pompliano (Lodo Therapeutics)
"MICROBIAL METAGENOME-BASED ANTIBACTERIAL DISCOVERY"

Christopher Boddy (University of Ottawa)
“FRONTIERS IN HETEROLOGOUS EXPRESSION OF BACTERIAL NATURAL PRODUCTS”

Jean-Etienne Bassard (University of Copenhagen)
“P450-MEDIATED METABOLISM ORGANIZED AS DYNAMIC METABOLONS - EXAMPLE OF THE DHURRIN METABOLON”

Andriy Luzhetskyy (Saarland University)
“BRIDGING IN SILICO AND IN VIVO FOR THE DISCOVERY OF NEW NATURAL PRODUCTS”

Derek Abbott (Amyris Inc)
"DATA-DRIVEN SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY FOR RAPID ADVANCES IN NATURAL PRODUCTS BIOSYNTHESIS"

Marc Chevrette (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
"COMPUTATIONAL INSIGHTS INTO THE DIVERSE NONRIBOSOMAL PEPTIDE CHEMISTRY OF ACTINOBACTERIA"

Rebecca Goss (University of St Andrews)
"BLENDING SYNTHETIC CHEMISTRY AND SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY FOR NATURAL PRODUCT DIVERSIFICATION"

José L. Avalos (Princeton University)
"OPTOGENETIC CONTROL OF ENGINEERED METABOLISMS"

Ina Häuslein (Technical University of Munich)
"USING ISOTOPOLOGUE PROFILING TO DECIPHER BIOSYNTHETIC PATHWAYS AND FLUXES IN PLANTS AND BACTERIA"

Blaine Pfeifer (University at Buffalo)
"HETEROLOGOUS CELLULAR DESIGN FOR COMPLEX NATURAL PRODUCT SUPPORT AND DISCOVERY"

Jason Sello (Brown University)
“EXPLOITING GENETIC REDUNDANCIES IN THE DISCOVERY AND MANIPULATION OF NATURAL PRODUCT BIOSYNTHESIS PATHWAYS”

Michael Burkart (University of California)
“TALES FROM THE INTERFACE: PROTEIN INTERACTIONS IN FAS, PKS, AND NRPS PATHWAYS”

2017 Synthetic Biology of Natural Products Poster Prize

The conference chairs will be awarding 3 poster prizes for the best poster display and presentation. To be in with a chance of winning, submit your poster by 13 January 2017. The winners will receive the following prizes at the Gala dinner: 1st Place $350, 2nd Place $250, 3rd Place $150. 

Sponsors

Prices

All registration fees include 3 nights accommodation and meals during the conference period. Exact inclusions are detailed below.

Early Bird Full
Price
Additional
Adult
Additional
Child
Extra Night
Adult
Extra Night
Child
Academic $1,739.00 $1,839.00 $666.00 $284.00 $278.00 $71.00
Industry $1,739.00 $1,839.00 $666.00 $284.00 $278.00 $71.00
Student $1,236.00 $1,336.00 $666.00 $284.00 $278.00 $71.00

Additional night prices are per person, per night. Accompanying persons are not permitted access to the conference.

Accompanying child fees and extra night child fees are applicable for children aged 5-12 years of age. Children aged 13 years and older are classified as an adult at this venue (Fiesta Americana Condesa). 

What's Included in our Registration Fees?

The Fiesta Americana Condesa, Cancun offers a 24hour all inclusive service. Our registration and additional adult/child fees are inclusive of the following;

- Accommodation for 3 Nights (05, 06, 07 March 2017).
- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner – available at all restaurants according to operational hours or programmed events.
- International Bar available by the glass in restaurants and bars according to operational hours.
- Pool snacks and International Bar available by the glass at Pool Area.
- Minibar including: soft drinks, domestic beer, bottled water and coffee. Refreshed daily.
- 24 Hour Room Service.
- In Room amenity – Bottle of wine, per room, per stay.
- Gala Night Entry (includes an open bar).
- Complimentary WI-FI throughout the hotel.

Additional nights (per person) are inclusive of the following;

- Accommodation for 1 Night
- Lunch on day of arrival
- Dinner on day of arrival
- Breakfast on day of departure
- International bar available by the glass in restaurants and bars from lunch on day of arrival until breakfast on day of departure

Speakers

Invited Speakers

  • Huimin Zhao
    Prof. Huimin Zhao
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Mark Liles
    Prof. Mark Liles
    Auburn University
  • Lawrence Wackett
    Prof. Lawrence Wackett
    University of Minnesota
  • Laurent Daviet
    Dr. Laurent Daviet
    Firmenich SA
  • Gavin Williams
    Prof. Gavin Williams
    NC State University Chemistry
  • Mike Smanski
    Assist. Prof. Mike Smanski
    University of Minnesota
  • Anne Osbourn
    Prof. Anne Osbourn
    John Innes Centre
  • David Cane
    Prof. David Cane
    Brown University
  • Douglas Mitchell
    Prof. Douglas Mitchell
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Laura Motta-Mena
    Dr. Laura Motta-Mena
    Optologix, Inc.
  • William Metcalf
    Dr. William Metcalf
    Department of Microbiology/University of Illinois
  • Christopher Voigt
    Prof. Christopher Voigt
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Patrick Westfall
    Dr. Patrick Westfall
    Zymergen, Inc
  • Cornelia Scheitz
    Dr. Cornelia Scheitz
    Autodesk
  • Alexander Wentzel
    Dr. Alexander Wentzel
    SINTEF Materials and Chemistry
  • Brian Pfleger
    Prof. Brian Pfleger
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Colin Harvey
    Dr. Colin Harvey
    Stanford University
  • Claudia Schmidt-Dannert
    Prof. Claudia Schmidt-Dannert
    University of Minnesota
  • Chengcang Charles Wu
    Dr. Chengcang Charles Wu
    Intact Genomics, Inc.
  • Wolfgang Wohlleben
    Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wohlleben
    University Tuebingen, Microbiology Institute
  • Zhen  Kang
    Prof. Dr. Zhen Kang
    Jiangnan University
  • Jose Avalos
    Assist. Prof. Jose Avalos
    Princeton University
  • David Pompliano
    Dr. David Pompliano
    Lodo Therapeutics
  • Mark Burk
    Dr. Mark Burk
    Genomatica, Inc.
  • Kristy Hawkins
    Dr. Kristy Hawkins
    Antheia, Inc.
  • Daisuke Umeno
    Prof. Daisuke Umeno
    Chiba University
  • Jean-Etienne Bassard
    Assist. Prof. Jean-Etienne Bassard
    University of Copenhagen
  • Rebecca Goss
    Dr. Rebecca Goss
    School of Chemistry
  • Marc Chevrette
    Mr. Marc Chevrette
    Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Christopher Boddy
    Prof. Christopher Boddy
    University of Ottawa
  • Jay Keasling
    Dr. Jay Keasling
    LBNL / UC, Berkeley
  • Ina Häuslein
    Miss. Ina Häuslein
    Technical University of Munich, Chair of Biochemistry, apl. Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Eisenreich
  • Andriy Luzhetskyy
    Prof. Dr. Andriy Luzhetskyy
    University of Saarland
  • Charles Moore
    Dr. Charles Moore
    Novartis Pharma AG
  • Derek Abbott
    Dr. Derek Abbott
    Amyris Inc
  • Blaine Pfeifer
    Prof. Blaine Pfeifer
    University at Buffalo
  • Joerg Bohlmann
    Prof. Dr. Joerg Bohlmann
    University of British Columbia
  • Jason Sello
    Prof. Jason Sello
    Brown University
  • Michael Burkart
    Prof. Dr. Michael Burkart
    University of California, San Diego
  • Elizabeth Sattely
    Prof. Elizabeth Sattely
    Stanford University

Programme

SUNDAY 5TH MARCH 2017

14:00 – 14:45

Registration & Reception

14:00 – 14:45

Group Welcome Lunch
*Kalmia Buffet Restaurant*

(META) GENOMICS-ENABLED NATURAL PRODUCT DISCOVERY
Session Chair: Michael Thomas

14:45 – 15:00

Opening Comments

15:00 – 15:45

Anne Osbourn
John Innes Centre

HARNESSING PLANT METABOLIC DIVERSITY: FROM GENOMES TO GRAM-SCALE QUANTITIES OF NATURAL PRODUCTS AND ANALOGS

15:45 – 16:15

Elizabeth Sattely
Stanford University

DISCOVERY AND ENGINEERING PLANT CHEMISTRY

16:15 – 16:45

David Pompliano
Lodo Therapeutics

MICROBIAL METAGENOME-BASED ANTIBACTERIAL DISCOVERY

16:45 – 17:15

Michael Smanski
University of Minnesota

HIGH-THROUGHPUT CONSTRUCTION OF NATURAL PRODUCT BIOSYNTHETIC PATHWAYS

17:15 – 17:45

Refreshments

17:45 – 18:15

Claudia Schmidt-Dannert
University of Minnesota

MAPPING THE TERPENOID NATURAL PRODUCTS DIVERSITY OF BASIDIOMYCOTA

18:15 – 18:30

Mark Burk
Genomatica, Inc.

CELL-FREE BIOSYNTHESIS OF NATURAL PRODUCTS AND ANALOGS

18:30 – 18:45

Alexander Wentzel
SINTEF Materials and Chemistry

NEW BIOACTIVE COMPOUNDS FROM ENVIRONMENTAL MICROBIAL RESOURCES BY AN INTEGRATED FUNCTIONAL (META)GENOMICS APPROACH

18:45 – 19:00

Ina Häuslein
Technical University of Munich

USING ISOTOPOLOGUE PROFILING TO DECIPHER BIOSYNTHETIC PATHWAYS AND FLUXES IN PLANTS AND BACTERIA

19:00 – 19:30

Mark Liles
Auburn University

RECOVERY AND EXPRESSION OF INTACT SECONDARY METABOLITE BIOSYNTHETIC PATHWAYS FROM A LARGE-INSERT SOIL METAGENOMIC LIBRARY

19:30 – 20:00

Gavin Williams
NC State University

SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY APPROACH FOR PRODUCTION AND DIVERSIFICATION OF COMPLEX POLYKETIDES

20:00

Dinner at Leisure

MONDAY 6TH MARCH 2017

07:00 – 08:30

Breakfast
*Kalmia Buffet Restaurant*

DESIGNING GENES AND CIRCUITS FOR NOVEL PRODUCTS AND YIELD IMPROVEMENT
Session Chair: Claes Gustafsson

08:30 – 09:15

Patrick Westfall
Zymergen, Inc.

SYSTEMATIC AND COMPREHENSIVE GENOME ENGINEERING FOR IMPROVED MICROBIAL PERFORMANCE

09:15 – 09:45

Laurent Daviet
Firmenich SA

DEVELOPING BIOSYNTHETIC ROUTES FOR THE MICROBIAL PRODUCTION OF FLAVOR AND FRAGRANCE TERPENES

09:45 – 10:15

Brian Pfleger
University of Wisconsin-Madison

ENGINEERING TRANS-ACTING REGULATORS TO DYNAMICALLY CONTROL GENE EXPRESSION IN BACTERIA

10:15 – 10:45

Joerg Bohlmann
University of British Columbia

TERPENE FRAGRANCE BIOSYNTHESIS IN TROPICAL SANDALWOOD

10:45 – 11:15

Refreshments & Group Photo

11:15 – 11:45

Lawrence Wackett
University of Minnesota

DISCOVERY OF β-LACTONE SYNTHETASE ENZYME REVEALS UNEXPECTED OVERLAP IN MICROBIAL HYDROCARBON AND ANTIBIOTIC BIOSYNTHESIS

11:45 – 12:15

Kristy Hawkins
Antheia, Inc.

A MICROBIAL PLATFORM FOR THE PRODUCTION OF BENZYLISOQUINOLINE ALKALOIDS

12:15 – 12:45

Daisuke Umeno
Chiba University

LABORATORY EVOLUTION OF CAROTENOID AND TRITERPENOID PATHWAYS

12:45 – 16:15

Lunch at Leisure & Free Time

 13:30 – 15:35

Group Snorkel Trip (to be confirmed)

16:15 – 16:45

Blaine Pfeifer
University at Buffalo

HETEROLOGOUS CELLULAR DESIGN FOR COMPLEX NATURAL PRODUCT SUPPORT AND DISCOVERY

16:45 – 17:15

Christopher Boddy
University of Ottawa

FRONTIERS IN HETEROLOGOUS EXPRESSION OF BACTERIAL NATURAL PRODUCTS

17:15 – 17:45

Jean-Etienne Bassard
University of Copenhagen

P450-MEDIATED METABOLISM ORGANIZED AS DYNAMIC METABOLONS - EXAMPLE OF THE DHURRIN METABOLON

17:45 – 18:15

Andriy Luzhetskyy
Saarland University

BRIDGING IN SILICO AND IN VIVO FOR THE DISCOVERY OF NEW NATURAL PRODUCTS

18:15 – 18:45

Michael Thomas
University of Wisconsin

 

18:45 – 19:15

Refreshments

19:15 – 20:00

Michael Burkart
University of California

TALES FROM THE INTERFACE: PROTEIN INTERACTIONS IN FAS, PKS, AND NRPS PATHWAYS

20:00 – 20:30

Rebecca Goss
University of St Andrews

BLENDING SYNTHETIC CHEMISTRY AND SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY FOR NATURAL PRODUCT DIVERSIFICATION

20:30

Dinner at Leisure

TUESDAY 7TH MARCH 2017

07:00 – 08:30

Breakfast
*Kalmia Buffet Restaurant*

ADVANCES IN NATURAL PRODUCT ENGINEERING
Session Chair: David Mead

08:30 – 09:15

Christopher Voigt
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

GENETIC DESIGN FOR DISCOVERY

09:15 – 09:45

Derek Abbott
Amyris Inc

DATA-DRIVEN SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY FOR RAPID ADVANCES IN NATURAL PRODUCTS BIOSYNTHESIS

09:45 – 10:15

Jay Keasling
LBNL / UC Berkeley

ENGINEERED POLYKETIDE SYNTHASES FOR PRODUCTION OF COMMODITY AND SPECIALTY CHEMICALS

10:15 – 10:45

David Cane
Brown University

NATURE AS STEREOCHEMIST

10:45 – 11:15

Refreshments

11:15 – 11:45

Zhen Kang
Jiangnan University

DEVELOPMENT OF SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY TOOLS FOR IMPROVING NATURAL PRODUCTS BIOSYNTHESIS

11:45 – 12:15

Colin Harvey
Stanford University

SACCHAROMYCES CEREVISIAE AS A PLATFORM FOR THE LARGE-SCALE EXPRESSION OF ORPHAN FUNGAL BIOSYNTHETIC GENE CLUSTERS

12:15 – 12:45

Douglas Mitchell
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

ROUNDING UP BIOSYNTHETIC GENE CLUSTERS WITH RODEO

12:45 – 16:15

Lunch at Leisure & Free Time

16:15 – 16:45

Wolfgang Wohlleben
University of Tübingen

ENGINEERING PRECUSOR SUPPLY IN SECONDRY METABOLITE BIOSYNTHESIS

16:45 – 17:15

Charles Moore
Novartis Pharma AG

TOWARDS A SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY PLATFORM FOR NATURAL PRODUCT DISCOVERY

17:15 – 17:45

William Metcalf
University of Illinois

LARGE-SCALE GENOME MINING FOR NATURAL PRODUCT DISCOVERY

17:45 – 18:15

Jason Sello
Brown University

EXPLOITING GENETIC REDUNDANCIES IN THE DISCOVERY AND MANIPULATION OF NATURAL PRODUCT BIOSYNTHESIS PATHWAYS

18:15 – 19:30

Poster Session & Refreshments

19:30

*Gala Dinner & Poster Awards*

WEDNESDAY 8TH MARCH 2017

07:00 – 08:30

Breakfast
*Kalmia Buffet Restaurant*

NEW TOOLS AND PROCESSES FOR CAPTURING, MANIPULATING AND ACTIVATING NP PATHWAYS
Session Chair: Michael Thomas

08:30 – 09:15

Huimin Zhao
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

DISCOVERY AND ENGINEERING OF NOVEL NATURAL PRODUCTS VIA SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY

09:15 – 09:45

Laura Motta-Mena
Optologix, Inc.

LITE SWITCH: A LIGHT-INDUCIBLE SYSTEM TO RAPIDLY CONTROL GENE EXPRESSION SPATIALLY AND TEMPORALLY

09:45 – 10:15

Chengcang Charles Wu
Intact Genomics, Inc.

ACCESS 1,000,000 FULL-LENGTH SECONDARY METABOLITE BIOSYNTHETIC GENE CLUSTERS AND THEIR NATURAL PRODUCT COMPOUNDS FROM MICROBES AND METAGENOMES

10:15 – 10:45

Refreshments

10:45 – 11:15

Cornelia Scheitz
Autodesk

NEW FROM AUTODESK:  A HIGH POWERED, CLOUD BASED, OPEN SOURCE CAD TOOL TO DRIVE BIOLOGICAL DESIGN

11:15 – 11:30

José L. Avalos
Princeton University

OPTOGENETIC CONTROL OF ENGINEERED METABOLISMS

11:30 – 12:00

Marc Chevrette
University of Wisconsin-Madison

COMPUTATIONAL INSIGHTS INTO THE DIVERSE NONRIBOSOMAL PEPTIDE CHEMISTRY OF ACTINOBACTERIA

12:00 – 12:20

AM Panel Discussion

12:20 – 12:30

Closing Comments

Sponsors

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Venue

Fiesta Americana Condesa

Cancun, Mexico

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Venue Rating
5 Stars
Currency
US Dollar (USD)
Address
Fiesta Americana Condesa,
Blvd.Kukulkán km 16.5 Zona Hotelera,
Cancun,
77500
Mexico
Nearest Airport
Cancun International Airport

Hotel Details

This stylish hotel features contemporary Mexican architecture, including one of the largest and most impressive thatched-roof "palapas" in the entire country. There are cultural activities, arts and crafts and sports programs to keep you constantly entertained, plus time to relax and enjoy the Mayan culture, soak up the Caribbean sunshine and revel in the international ambiance that settles in after the sun goes down.

Throughout your stay delegates will enjoy a full meal plan, inclusive of beverages. Take your pick from the aromatic Asian delights at Kaumbu, traditional fare at El Mexicano, delicious international cuisine at Kalmia Buffet or perhaps sample the sumptuous Italian dishes at Rosato. There are also several other dining opportunities such as the Cevichería, Pizzeria, Sushi Corner, pool and lounge bar areas. The Gala Night with either a Mayan or Caribbean theme takes place on the third evening of the conference with a mouth-watering feast of local cuisine, an open bar and amazing local entertainment.  We welcome all delegates and their accompanying persons to the Gala Night – a truly fun filled night not to be missed!

Hotel Facilities

  • Lagoon Pool
  • Extensive Health Club and Spa
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms and throughout hotel and conference areas

The Fiesta Americana Condesa, Cancun is the 2015 Winner of the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence and also received the Travellers Choice Award in 2014. 

The remains of ancient Mayan cities are scattered throughout the Yucatan Peninsula and no trip to Cancun would be complete without a visit to these majestic temples and pyramids set amongst lush tropical vegetation. We will be working very closely with a reputable tour company who will be organising trips to Tulum, Chichen Itza, Coba and Xcaret  to name a few, some of which may require a full day. Full day excursions will be arranged pre or post conference and may be on an individual or group booking so we would recommend booking extra nights to extend your stay as early as possible to avoid disappointment should these excursions be of interest to you and/or your party. For further information please contact us.

Location

Fiesta Americana Condesa

Cancun, Mexico

Venue Rating
5 Stars
Currency
US Dollar (USD)
Nearest Airport
Cancun International Airport

Location Details

Cancun is a delightful combination of natural beauty, islands, ecological reserves and white sandy beaches. However, besides sun, sand and sea, this destination also offers an infinite variety of underwater activities to choose from: the diving, snorkelling and fishing here are outstanding and you will find an undersea world packed with tropical fish that live on the second largest barrier reef in the world. Sports enthusiasts might choose one of the many eco-tourism activities, such as cycling or hiking through the tropical forest or kayaking through mangroves, or something a little more adventuresome, like zip lining through the treetops.

Apart from the more well-known ancient Mayan archealogical sites such as Tulum, Cobá and Chichén Itzá you may like to visit the Aktun Chen caverns, voted one of the Top 10 underwater walks by National Geographic described as a truly magical experience.

Transport

Cancun International airport is just a short 20 minute journey from the Fiesta Americana Condesa and is easily accessible from almost every country in the world with many major international airlines providing direct or interconnecting flights on a daily basis.

Airport Transfers

Mayan Sky are a reputable and trustworthy DMC based in Cancun. The Mayan Sky team will be on hand to provide a seamless transfer service to and from Cancun International Airport. Mayan Sky will manage and confirm all transportation bookings. To arrange transportation please contact Mayan Sky directly via email, phone or the online booking facility (see links below).

Shuttle Transportation Reservations: http://www.mayansky.com/index.php?fusionconferences2

Private Transportation Reservations: http://www.mayansky.com/index.php?fusionconferences

Conference Shuttle Service

Mayan Sky have arranged a conference shuttle service which will run at scheduled times surrounding our conferences. The conference shuttle schedule can be found below.

Arrivals (Cancun Airport to the Fiesta Americana Condesa)
12:00, 14:00, 15:00, 18:00 and 19:00 hours.

Feb: 20th, 21st, 23rd, 24th, 26th, 27th
Mar: 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 7th, 8th, 10th, 11th, 13th, 14th, 16th, 17th, 19th, 20th

Departures (Fiesta Americana Condesa to Cancun Airport)
12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00 and 18:00 hours.

Feb: 24th, 27th
Mar: 2nd, 5th, 8th, 11th, 14th, 17th, 20th, 23rd

$25 per person, each way (includes taxes)

Please allow at least 45minutes from your flight landing time to the shuttle departure time. In the event of any delays or cancellations, please ensure you contact Mayan Sky at least 24hours in advance; if Mayan Sky are not informed within 24hours full cancellation charges will apply (Not notified of flight cancellation: 100% penalty charge, No-Shows: 100% penalty charge).

Upon arrival at the airport, please exit the terminal building and look for ‘Fusion Conferences’ signage where a member of the Mayan Sky team will greet you and escort you to the group transportation.

Please contact Mayan Sky directly to enquire or make a booking. Please direct enquiries to:

David Garcia (Sales, Groups & Marketing Manager)
Telephone: 521 (998) 301 51 58
Email: gventas@mayanskydmc.com

Shuttle Transportation Reservations: http://www.mayansky.com/index.php?fusionconferences2

Private Transportation

Mayan Sky also offer a private transfer service for those travelling outside of the available shuttle dates/times mentioned above. The private transfer service vehicles can accommodate a maximum of 10 persons, plus luggage.

Private Transportation prices to and from Cancun International Airport and to and from the Fiesta Americana Condesa hotel are as follows: 

Unit for 1 or 2 Passengers $40 (one way) / $68 (round trip)
Unit for 3 Passengers $45 (one way) / $75 (round trip)
Unit for 4 Passengers $52 (one way) / $79 (round trip)
Unit for 5 to 10 Passengers $58 (one way) / $90 (round trip)

In the event of any delays or cancellations, please ensure you contact Mayan Sky at least 24hours in advance; if Mayan Sky are not informed within 24hours full cancellation charges will apply (Not notified of flight cancellation: 100% penalty charge, No-Shows: 100% penalty charge).

Upon arrival at the airport, please exit the terminal building and look for ‘Fusion Conferences’ signage where a member of the Mayan Sky team will greet you and escort you to the group transportation.

Please contact Mayan Sky directly to enquire or make a booking. Please direct enquiries to:

David Garcia (Sales, Groups & Marketing Manager)
Telephone: 521 (998) 301 51 58
Email: gventas@mayanskydmc.com

Private Transportation Reservations: http://www.mayansky.com/index.php?fusionconferences

** Please note that Fusion Conferences is not responsible for any bookings made with Mayan Sky as transportation is not included within the registration package **

Activities

Half Day Activities 

Mayan Sky are a reputable and reliable company offering a variety of fascinating trips and excursions. If you wish to make a booking prior to your arrival, please contact David Garcia at Mayan Sky. If you wish to make a booking onsite at the hotel, please approach the Mayan Sky hospitality desk which will be located alongside the Fusion registration desk. 

Please direct enquiries to:
David Garcia (Sales, Groups & Marketing Manager)
Telephone: 521 (998) 301 51 58
Email: gventas@mayanskydmc.com

Our half day tours can be booked during the conference period between the available free times scheduled in the programme. The half day tours are available to both individual and group bookings.

The following activities are available at Aquaworld which is based in the Marina directly opposite the Fiesta Americana Condesa hotel and on the beach, therefore no transportation is necessary.

Aquatwister

Experience Aquaworld’s ultimate tour adventure on board a high speed jet boat ride, Aquatwister. This is a roller coaster of manoeuvres orchestrated by a highly skilled captain and drivers on board and provides an amazing combination of nature, emotion, fun and adrenaline in one adventure.
Duration: 30 minutes 

Sky Rider

Live this exciting experience flying in couples above the Caribbean Sea and experience an amazing aerial view.
Duration: 30-40 minutes includes 10 minute flying time at an altitude of 100mtrs

Jungle Tour

The Jungle Tour is considered one of the most popular tours in Cancun. You will enjoy speeding through the dense mangrove channels of the Nichupte Lagoon before snorkelling in the second largest reef barrier in the World.
Duration: 2:15 hrs

Wave Runner

Drive and Speed on board a Yamaha VX 1100 across the Caribbean Sea.
Duration: 30 minutes or 1 hr

Sub See

An extraordinary way to admire the marine life and the reef’s ecosystem without getting wet! Be part of this unique adventure on board The Sub See Explorer, a glass bottom boat from where you will be able to watch the multi-coloured species of the Scorpion´s coral reef.
Duration: 2 hrs. 

Fly Board

The Flyboard is the latest craze in water sports sweeping the world, and now you can try it for yourself. Using water jet propulsion from specially designed boot pads, the personal water craft forces water out under extreme pressure sending you soaring into the air to heights of about 5-7 metres.

Full Day Activities

If you wish to make a booking prior to your arrival, please contact David Garcia at Mayan Sky. If you wish to make a booking onsite at the hotel, please approach the Mayan Sky hospitality desk which will be located alongside the Fusion registration desk. 

Please direct enquiries to:
David Garcia (Sales, Groups & Marketing Manager)
Telephone: 521 (998) 301 51 58
Email: gventas@mayanskydmc.com

Our full day tours are offered pre and post conference dates. If you require any additional nights at the Fiesta Americana Condesa due to a full day excursion, please ensure you book these in advance to avoid disappointment (through Fusion). The full days tours are available to both individual and group bookings.

Selvatica Extreme Canopy Tour

Over 250 acres of Tropical Jungle, in Selvatica you will be able to experience a unique adventure on the longest zip-line circuit in North America, recognized by Travel & Leisure magazine as "one of the 35 great adventures in the World", divided into 12 zip lines varying in lengths and heights from 270 ft. to over 2,000 ft, it will make you fly over the jungle. Then take a ride on a military vehicle through the jungle to get to the natural cenote. With crystal and pristine waters you will be able to swim choosing between a water zip line or the diving platform. Live this unique and exciting adventure and feel the emotion and adrenaline running through your body.

Chichen Itza 

Chichen Itza which means “at the mouth of the well of Itza “, is the 2nd most visited archeological site of Mexico today. The Kukulkan Pyramid in Chichen-Itza which known as “El Castillo” (the castle), is one of the new seven wonders of the world elected in 07.07.2007.

Rio Secreto

Rio Secreto is an incredible underground nature reserve on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Located in the Riviera Maya 3 miles southwest of Playa del Carmen, Rio Secreto is a system of caves carved out over the course of several centuries by an underground river. Stretching approximately 8 miles, with 15 natural outlets, it’s the longest partially flooded cave on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. But what makes Rio Secreto unique is the fact that it’s semi-sunken, which means that you can hike or float through most of it.

Xcaret

Your admission to Xcaret Park allows you to enjoy a natural paradise in Cancun and Riviera Maya, with access to over 40 attractions and activities. We invite you to enjoy a whole day of fun and to assist to cultural events such as the Ritual Ceremony of the Voladores de Papantla, the Mayan Ball Game and the show "Xcaret Mexico Espectacular". Dare to live Mexico in Xcaret!

Sail & Snorkel

Enjoy a spectacular day on the crystal clear waters. Sailing from Cancun to Isla Mujeres on board a sailboat. Explore the breath-taking sites of Isla Mujeres one of the wonderful reef in the Caribbean. Join us for a full day of adventure in the most beautiful sea around the world.

Group Activities

We have arranged two exciting group activities for the 2017 Synthetic Biology for Natural Products participants. Please find the details, timings and prices for the activities below. One of the activities is scheduled during conference free time and one is organised for the day after the meeting.
This is a great opportunity to socialise with fellow colleagues outside of the conference whilst taking in the beautiful natural sights of Cancun.

Snorkel Trip- Monday 6th March 2017

Departing from Aquaworld marina we take you on a motor boat to "El Meco" marine park. Here you adorn your snorkel gear and you’re ready to take the plunge and snorkel in the crystal clear turquoise waters.

The price per person is $42 USD.

+ $10 USD Marine park/dock fee (to be paid to Aquaworld)
Includes; private boat, snorkel equipment, snorkel guide, 45 minutes for snorkel tour in "El Meco" marine park,  water, soda and beers.

Itinerary for Mon 6th March 2017:
Walk to Aquaworld from hotel- 10/15 minutes (across the road from the hotel)
13:30 – 14:10 Private boat to "El Meco" marine park
14:10 – 14:55 Snorkel tour (45 minutes)
14:55 – 15:35 Private boat return to Aquaworld

*Minimum of 10 people required*

Please note that sign-ups and payment for the trip will need to be made during conference registration at the Mayan Sky Hospitality desk. We will be booking the trip immediately after conference registration.

Mayan Sky will accept both cash and card payments. Please note a surcharge will be added for payments made using card (5% for VISA or Master Card and 6% for AMEX). This is a non-refundable fee should you later change your mind and decide not to participate in the trip.

Chichen Itzá Group Tour – Thursday 9th March 2017

Discover the essence of the Mayan culture by visiting one of the 7 New Wonders of the World. The visit of Chichen Itza includes a guided tour of 3 hours with time to take pictures. At the end of the tour we go to the restaurant for buffet lunch, followed by the visit of a cenote where people have the possibility to go for a swim.
In addition, when returning to Cancun, we can enjoy a panoramic visit to Valladolid, an ancient Colonial City.

Price: $150 per person

Includes; an air conditioned vehicle, parking, highway fee and tips, entrance/guided tour in the Chichen Itzá archaeological site, entrance and swimming in the Cenote, , visit to Valladolid Colonial City, water, buffet lunch (not including drinks) and a certified Federal Guide.

Itinerary for Thurs 9th March 2017:
07:00 – 09:30 Trip to Chichen Itzá.
09:40 – 12:40 Tour in Chichen Itzá.
12:50 – 13:00 Trip to Cenote.
13:00 – 14:00 Time in Cenote.
14:10 – 14:20 Transfer to Restaurant.
14:20 – 15:20 Buffet lunch.
15:30 – 16:10 Trip to Valladolid.
16:10 – 17:00 Time in Valladolid.
17:10 – 19:40 Trip to Cancun Hotel Zone.

*Minimum of 8 people required*

Please note that sign-ups and payment for the trip will need to be made during conference registration at the Mayan Sky Hospitality desk. We will be booking the trip immediately after conference registration.

Mayan Sky will accept both cash and card payments. Please note a surcharge will be added for payments made using card (5% for VISA or Master Card and 6% for AMEX). This is a non-refundable fee should you later change your mind and decide not to participate in the tour.

Oral Presenters

Talk Deadline: 26 Jan 2017

We have a number of oral opportunities available at this meeting. To be considered for a talk, please register for the conference and you will be able to submit your abstract online and monitor the status of your abstract through your Fusion account. Please use the abstract template provided and ensure your abstract is no longer than one page in length. Any abstracts exceeding this size may be cut short during print.

Please take note of the oral submission deadline: 26 January 2017.

Please check the conference programme carefully to note your presentation time (inclusive of Q&A) should you be accepted for an oral presentation. We recommend you check our website regularly as the conference approaches. Regular programme updates will be released under the ‘Programme’ tab on the conference page.

Your Presentation on the Day

If you have prepared some slides to accompanying your talk please ensure you bring these with you on a USB or portable file saving device.

For those presenting on the first day, please email your slides to us so we can have everything prepared and ready for the first session. Please email your slides to: admin@fusion-conferences.com

On the day of your presentation please make yourself known to the AV team who will be available in the conference room. If you have any animations or videos we do advise to run through the presentation with the AV tech to make sure everything is compatible. We also advise that all speakers make themselves known to the AV tech in the conference room immediately before your session beings. The AV tech will apply your microphone and provide a laser pointer should you have an accompanying presentation. We prefer speakers to use our master laptop to run presentations from, however, if you prefer to use your own laptop, please notify us in advance.

It is important that all speakers adhere to their presentation time and respect their fellow presenters. A visual traffic light aide will be available to warn presenters and the audience as your time decreases.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to approach our AV tech or a member of the Fusion team.

Helpful Tips for Presentation Slides

Aspect Ratio: On Screen Show (16:9) and in Landscape Orientation.
Font Size: Minimum font size used should be 24pt. 
File Type: Please safe your presentation in PPT or PPTS format. 
Video Clips: Please save these separately and do not build them into the PowerPoint. Videos will be played via the AV control desk using the master laptop.

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Posters

Poster Deadline: 10 Feb 2017

We have a number of poster opportunities available at this meeting. To be considered for a poster presentation, please register for the conference and you will be able to submit your abstract online and monitor the status of your abstract through your Fusion account. Please use the abstract template provided and ensure your abstract is no longer than one page in length. Any abstracts exceeding this size may be cut short during print.

Please take note of the poster submission deadline: 10 February 2017. 

Our poster boards can accommodate a maximum poster size of A0 (1189H x 841W mm), portrait in orientation. Posters exceeding this size may not fit on the poster boards provided and therefore we may be unable to display your poster, so please kindly keep to these measurements.

Displaying & Presenting Your Poster

During conference registration if you are presenting a poster please request a poster number from the registration desk. Please do not put up your poster without notifying a member of the Fusion team. Certain adhesive agents are not permitted at some venues therefore; Fusion will be the sole provider of all poster fixings.

You can display your poster from registration. Your poster can remain on display for the entire duration of the conference and we ask that posters are taken down on the final day of the meeting. The poster session is usually scheduled on Day 3, but please check the official programme for exact timings. Refreshments will be provided and the poster prizes will be awarded during the conference Gala Night that evening. 

2017 Synthetic Biology of Natural Products Poster Prize

The conference chairs will be awarding 3 poster prizes for the best poster display and presentation. To be in with a chance of winning, submit your poster by 13 January 2017. The winners will receive the following prizes at the Gala dinner: 1st Place $350, 2nd Place $250, 3rd Place $150. 

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