Prof. Neubauer received Agilent Thought Leader Award

Prof. Neubauer received Agilent Award

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Prof. Neubauer received Agilent Award

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) announced that Prof. Peter Neubauer has been selected to receive a prestigious Agilent Thought Leader Award. By this, the leader of the Chair of Bioprocess Engineering at Technische Universität Berlin became recognized for his innovative work in bioprocess engineering. Prof. Neubauer leads innovative research to identify new methods for more efficient bioprocess development, including genetic, cultivation, and process analytical tools, with a particular focus on industrial-scale applications. 

Automation and high throughput are important for the real-time determination of critical quality attributes (CQAs), thus optimizing biotechnological applications. To this end, substantial resources are being directed towards developing process analytical technologies (PAT) – a mechanism for designing, analyzing, and controlling pharmaceutical manufacturing processes by monitoring parameters that impact quality – to ultimately minimize public health risks. 

Prof. Neubauer’s work orchestrates hardware, software, automation, mathematical models, and AI to discover optimal conditions for PAT end-to-end workflows. Integrating intelligent technologies and automation into PAT solutions is a key factor for moving the pharmaceutical industry toward optimized bioprocesses that improve safety and reduce hands-on intervention. The Agilent Thought Leader Award will support his ongoing research into understanding and optimizing bioprocesses for difficult-to-express proteins and the development of scale-up/scale-down strategies. 

„We are truly grateful and excited that Agilent’s award will open up the opportunity to incorporate two-dimensional liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry into our upcoming bioprocess laboratory. The use of such leading-edge instrumentation is a fundamental element in our journey towards achieving a higher level in automated bioprocess development,” said Prof. Neubauer who established and heads the KIWI-biolab as an International Future Laboratory for AI for Intelligent Integrated Biolaboratories. “Given our recent progress in seamlessly orchestrating all devices required in the process, ranging from extensive analyte-specific sample preparation to the management of big data, we feel ready to conquer this next logical step of integration.” 

“Agilent is pleased to grant this Thought Leader Award to Prof. Neubauer to support his scientific developments in the biopharma space,” said Sudharshana Seshadri, vice president and general manager of Agilent’s Liquid Chromatography, Mass Spectrometry, and Automation Divisions, and executive sponsor of the award. “His important work will help the pharmaceutical industry optimize their bioprocesses and accelerate improved healthcare worldwide.” 

The Agilent Thought Leader Award program promotes fundamental scientific advances by contributing financial support, products, and expertise to the research of influential thought leaders in the life sciences, diagnostics, and chemical analysis space. To learn more, visit the Agilent Thought Leader Award website.

Source: Agilent
SANTA CLARA, Calif., August 03, 2023


1. Tracking the complex dynamics of biological systems!
Right after receiving the award, Prof. Peter Neubauer gave an interview to TU Berlin where he explains how the KIWI-biolab enables complete digitization and automation in bioprocess development, how the chair contributes to the circular bioeconomy, and how the $1.9 million (USD) prize money will be invested in further cutting-edge international research. He also describes the role of process analytical tools in bioprocesses, exemplarily illustrated with the PDW technology (PDW Analytics GmbH, member of Bio-PAT e.V.).
Read the complete interview HERE (07.08.2023).

2. Innovationspreis für Berliner Biotech-Pionier
Also for Bioö / BIOCOM AG Prof. Neubauer gave an interview in German talking about the conversion mikroorganisms into high performance cell factories as well as the importance of bioprocess automation (incl. KIWI-biolab) and processanalytical tools (incl. Bio-PAT e.V.)
Read the complete interview HERE (14.08.2023).

3. Revolutionizing Bioprocess Engineering
Finally, Prof. Neubauer answered questions for UniSysCat – Cluster of Excellence as well. He talked about his main research topics and which role UniSysCat plays in his work. Also the impact of this award on future advancements and his scientific approach is discussed.
Read the complete interview HERE (18.08.2023).