Prof. dr. Alois Jungbauer

ACIB and University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna

Professor Alois Jungbauer received his PhD in Food Technology and Biotechnology from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna, Austria 1986. He serves since then as a professor at the Department of Biotechnology. He teaches Protein Technology and Downstream Processing and Biochemical Engineering.Professor Jungbauer is head of the laboratory for Protein technology and Downstream Processing and the Christian Doppler Laboratory of Receptor Biotechnology. He also acts as area head and Dep. Director of Research in the Austrian Centre of Industrial Biotechnology. He is currently working in the field of bioengineering of proteins, plasmids and viruses with special focus on expression, downstream processing and characterization of large biomolecules. As a proliferate researcher he has more than 200 publications on recombinant protein production and bioseparation, 15 patents and 12 book contributions and recently a monograph entitled “Protein Chromatography , Process Development and Scale Up”. He is executive editor and co-founder of Biotechnology Journal, and member of editorial boards from numerous journals in the area of biochemical engineering including J. Chromatography A and J. Biotechnoogy

Dr. Matjaž Peterka


Dr. Matjaz Peterka received a PhD in Microbiology from University of Ljubljana. After completion of PhD he joined BIA Separations, company developing and producing CIM® Convective Interaction Media chromatographic columns. He has been part of the team for ten years working as a researcher, project manager, department head, and consultant. Matjaz was involved in development and marketing of various chromatography products. His responsibilities included the development of chromatographic purification methods for recombinant proteins, plasmid DNA and viruses. As a researcher or a project manager he was involved in several projects to develop virus downstream processes including purification of live attenuated vaccine against seasonal and pandemic influenza. Presently, Matjaz is a head of Laboratory for bio-analytics at Centre of excellence for Biosensors, Instrumentation and Process Control. He is coordinating efforts of the research group to develop new applications of bacteriophages against human, animal and plant pathogenic bacteria. In addition group is focusing on production and purification technologies for human and bacterial viruses. His research resulted in number of papers and book chapters on different fields of microbiology and biotechnology.

Dr. Klaus Grauman


Klaus Graumann studied Food- and Biotechnology at the University of Life Sciences and Renewable Resources (BOKU) in Vienna, Austria, where he also earned his doctoral degree under the supervision of Prof. Alois Jungbauer. His career in the biopharmaceutical industry started in 1999 at Boehringer Ingeheim Austria. In 2001, Klaus joined Sandoz (former Biochemie) in Kundl where he started in Downstream process development for Sandoz / Novartis pipeline products. Since then, he held several positions within Technical Development of Sandoz Biopharmaceuticals on a local and global level.

Dr. Uroš Gregors

Lek Pharmaceuticals

Dr. Uroš Gregorc received his PhD in Biomedical sciences at University of Ljubljana in 2005. He did his studies at the department of Biochemistry and molecular biology at Jozef Stefan Institute and also spent some time as an exchange student in prof. Salvesen’s lab at the Burnham Institute, La Jolla, and prof. Bank’s lab at the ICGEB, Trieste. He has joined Lek Pharmaceuticals (part of Sandoz Biopharmaceuticals) in 2006 and is now a Senior Scientist in Downstream process development group. At the current position his work is mainly focused at the development of industrial downstream processes for the recombinant proteins, mostly monoclonal antibodies. Part of his work is dedicated to evaluation of novel technologies in downstream processing. He is also involved in the implementation of the Quality by Design (QbD) principles in the downstream process development, characterization and validation.

Dr. Gary Gilleskie

BTEC, North Carolina State University

Dr. Gary Gilleskie is currently the Associate Director for Operations and Teaching Associate Professor at the Golden LEAF Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center (BTEC) at North Carolina State University (NCSU).  Dr. Gilleskie is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the BTEC facility; he also develops and teaches courses in downstream biopharmaceutical process development and downstream cGMP biomanufacturing for NCSU students and industry professionals.

Dr. Gilleskie received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Minnesota and has more than 15 years of industrial experience in recovery and purification operations in both the chemical and biopharmaceutical industries.  Most recently, he spent 7 years managing process development and cGMP production groups at Diosynth Biotechnology (now Fujifilm Diosynth), a contract manufacturer of biopharmaceuticals.  While at Diosynth, Dr. Gilleskie’s groups developed or executed cGMP downstream processes for more than 20 different protein therapeutics.

Prof. dr. Aleš Podgornik


Aleš Podgornik, PhD, is by profession chemical engineer and is working for 20 years in field of biochemical engineering, especially in downstream processing of macromolecules. He used to worked as CSO and R&D head for companies BIA and BIA Separations for more than a decade, currently being in COBIK as LBA head deputy. Besides, he is a professor of Biotechnology on Biotechnical faculty, University of Ljubljana. His research interest is biochromatography related to development and application of monolithic chromatographic stationary phases. He published over 70 papers, 10 book chapters and holds several international and national patents. He was awarded in 2001 with Jožef Stefan Golden Emblem Prize for outstanding doctoral dissertation  and in 2005 with Zois award for award for implementation of scientific achievements.

Prof. dr. Shuichi Yamamoto

Yamaguchi University, Tokiwadai, Ube

Shuichi Yamamoto is Professor at Yamaguchi University, where he currently belongs to the Graduate School of Medicine (Bio-Process Engineering Laboratory). He received a BS degree in 1976, a MS in 1978 and a PhD in 1981 in the Department of Food Science and Technology at Kyoto University. He has been at Yamaguchi University since 1981. His research interests are in the field of biochemical engineering, food engineering, medical engineering and mass transfer such as engineering analysis of chromatography for bio- and food- separations and drying mechanism of food/pharmaceuticals and the quality change during drying. He received a 2004 research excellence award from the Society of Chemical Engineers Japan on “Engineering analysis of chromatography of proteins” and a 2005 research excellence award from Japan Society for Food Engineering on “Drying of liquid foods and inactivation of enzymes during drying”. Although he has published more than 100 papers, his monograph published in 1988 by Marcel Dekker "Ion-Exchange Chromatography of Proteins" is still his landmark. His chromatography models better known as "Yamamoto Model" have been employed by various biotech companies as well as by academic researchers. The models are explained in several handbooks such as Perry's Chemical Engineering Handbook. He is on the editorial board of “Separation Science and Technology”, “Preparative Biochemistry and Biotechnology” and “Japan Journal of Food Engineering”.