Last week, among many meetings in Swindon, saw one of our monthly meetings of the Research Council Chief Executives, including a very useful briefing from HEFCE Chief Executive Sir Alan Langlands about developments and thinking in the ‘other half’ of the dual-support system.
I spent a thoroughly enjoyable half-day at one of the periodic dissemination meetings of the Bioprocessing Research Industry Club (hashtag #BBSRCBRIC). Many first-rate and wide-ranging presentations (both oral and poster) covered everything from novel methods of membrane protein purification to flux balance analysis for predicting and improving recombinant protein productivity. On this latter, I was pleased to see the proofs of a paper to which I contributed, describing a new method for predicting metabolic fluxes – for instance for increasing them for industrial biotechnology. Not for the first time, I might comment that one can often go a very long way in silico, with minimalist but well-chosen experimental measurements to provide constraints! [...]