The importance and future of biochemical engineering

Timothy A. Whitehead*, Scott Banta, William E. Bentley, Michael J. Betenbaugh, Christina Chan, Douglas S. Clark, Corinne A. Hoesli, Michael C. Jewett, Beth Junker, Mattheos Koffas, Rashmi Kshirsagar, Amanda Lewis, Chien Ting Li, Costas Maranas, E. Terry Papoutsakis, Kristala L.J. Prather, Steffen Schaffer, Laura Segatori, Ian Wheeldon

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Today's Biochemical Engineer may contribute to advances in a wide range of technical areas. The recent Biochemical and Molecular Engineering XXI conference focused on “The Next Generation of Biochemical and Molecular Engineering: The role of emerging technologies in tomorrow's products and processes”. On the basis of topical discussions at this conference, this perspective synthesizes one vision on where investment in research areas is needed for biotechnology to continue contributing to some of the world's grand challenges.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2305-2318
Number of pages14
JournalBiotechnology and Bioengineering
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2020


  • Biochemical synthesis
  • biomolecular engineering
  • bioprocess development
  • individualized medicine
  • non-traditional organisms
  • synthetic biology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Bioengineering
  • Biotechnology


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