Event Information

The 20th Biocatalysis Symposium of Japan

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Wednesday, December 12 - Thursday, December 13, 2018
Wednesday, December 12 11:30 - / Thursday, December 13 9:00 - 17:20
Suzukakedai CampusOuter H2 Building, 3F Large Multipurpose HallOuterother

Department of Life Science and Technology Tomoko Matsuda
J3-5, 4259 Nagatsuta-cho, Midori-ku, Yokohama, Japan, 226-8501
Tel/Fax: +81 (45)-924-5757
E-mail : tmatsuda@bio.titech.ac.jp

For abstract submissions, please contact our dedicated submission
E-mail : biocatjapan2018@bio.titech.ac.jp

The 20th Biocatalysis Symposium of Japan will provide you the latest research about organic synthesis using enzyme.

We are welcoming all scientists and the public interested in biocatalysis field—not only for organic chemistry researchers, but also for those who are working in biology field.

With 5 prominent international scientists from industry and academe, the cutting-edge research about biocatalysis will be featured.

There will be a lecture from Codexis by Dr. Entwistle, a company representing US in an applied study of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2018 "directed evolution of enzymes".

Moreover, the discussion with Prof. Kazlauskas about the Nobel Prize will be fruitful.

It will be held at Tokyo Tech Suzukakedai Campus, located in Yokohama, just around 60 minutes from Tokyo by train.


Register for presentation and/or participation from hereOuter


Important Dates

Friday, October 5 19
Registration deadline for presentation (oral/poster)
Friday, October 12 19
Abstract submission deadline
Friday, November 9
Registration deadline for participant

About Registration Fee

Registration Category Registration Fee Mixer Fee
General Student General Student
Early Bird
Register before November 9, 2018
JPY 7,000 JPY 2,000 Mixer at campus
JPY 5,000
After-party JPY 2,000
total JPY 7,000
Mixer at campus
JPY 1,000
After-party JPY 2,000
total JPY 3,000
On the Spot
Register after November 10, 2018
JPY 8,000 JPY 3,000

*The registration fee for student without presentation is free, but mixer fee and after-party are necessary. The registration fee covers a printed abstract book and coffee breaks during the conference. The mixer fee is excluded from registration fee.

Payment Methods

  1. 1.Bank Transfer
  2. Presenters and participants wishing to pay via bank transfer can transfer sufficient fee to:

    • Bank: Mizuho Bank
    • Branch Name: Nagatsuta (長津田支店366)
    • Account No.: 普通 1819528
    • Account Name: Dai20kaiseitaishokubaikagakusinpojiumu
      (第20回生体触媒化学シンポジウム (ダイ20カイセイタイショクバイカガクシンポジウム))

    Please write down “Biocat-Japan-2018-Registration-your name” on "note" column in your transfer.

    All handling fees or other surcharges should be paid by the registrants.

    A notification e-mail will be sent after we validated your payment.

  3. 2.On the Spot Payment
  4. We accept only cash in Japanese Yen. Please have foreign currency exchanged beforehand.

    Presenters and participants already registering before November 9 can also pay directly on the spot at December 12 with early bird registration fee.


  • Wednesday, December 12
Time Program Place
11:30-13:00 Registration Foyer
13:00-13:05 Opening Remarks Large Multipurpose Hall
13:05-14:05 Plenary Lecture 1 :
Dr. John W. Wong, Pfizer
Development of a Chemoenzymatic Process for a Gamma Secretase Modulator
14:05-15:05 Plenary Lecture 2 :
Dr. Satoshi Koikeda, Amano Enzyme Inc.
The wild type is not enough - Protein engineering of lipase for improving enzyme performance -
15:10-15:55 Poster Session 1 (odd-numbered) Lounge
15:55-16:40 Poster Session 2 (even-numbered)
16:45-17:45 Plenary Lecture 3 :
Dr. David Entwistle, Codexis
The Evolution of Biocatalysis, Adventures in Directed Evolution
Large Multipurpose Hall
17:45-18:00 Group Photo
18:00-19:45 Mixer Lounge
20:30 After-Party Aobadai ForumOuter
Denentoshi-line Aobadai Station 5 min walk
(20 min from campus)
  • Thursday, December 13
Time Program Place
09:00-10:00 Plenary Lecture 4 :
Prof. Ikuro Abe, The University of Tokyo
Unusual Enzyme Reactions in Natural Product Biosynthesis
Large Multipurpose Hall
10:00-11:00 Plenary Lecture 5 :
Prof. Dr. Harald Gröger, Bielefeld University
Enzymes in Organic Chemistry: From Efficient Synthesis towards Chemo-enzymatic One-Pot Processes
11:00-11:30 Coffee break Lounge
11:30-11:50 Oral 1 :
Makoto Furukawa, Keio University
Efficient enzymatic degradation of poly(ethylene terephthalate) using amphiphilic molecules
Large Multipurpose Hall
11:50-12:10 Oral 2 :
Prof. Dr. Takeshi Sugai, Keio University
Lipase-catalyzed site-selective deacetylation of sterically hindered polyphenol acetates and its application to the synthesis of bioactive natural product
12:10-12:30 Oral 3 :
Kengo Kasama, Osaka University
Base-promoted lipase-catalyzed kinetic resolution of atropoisomeric 1,1’-biaryl-2,2’-diols
12:30-13:45 Lunch break
(Lunch mixer with plenary speakers and young scientists)
13:45-14:45 Plenary Lecture 6 :
Prof. Dr. Zhi Li, National University of Singapore
Engineering biocatalytic cascade reactions for green and selective chemical synthesis
Large Multipurpose Hall
14:45-15:15 Coffee Break Lounge
15:15-16:15 Plenary Lecture 7 :
Prof. Dr. Romas Kazlauskas, University of Minnesota
How hydroxynitrile lyases evolved from esterases
Large Multipurpose Hall
16:15-16:35 Oral 4 :
Prof. Dr. Ki-Seok Yoon, WPI-I2CNER, Kyushu University
New [NiFe]hydrogenase running activity between H2 and O2 molecules
16:35-16:55 Oral 5 :
Prof. Dr. Nobuya Itoh, Toyama Prefectural University
Production of the drug candidates indirubin derivatives and epitheaflagallin 3‑O‑gallate (ETFGg) by the oxidative reactions of styrene monooxygenase and laccase
16:55-17:15 Oral 6 :
Afifa Ayu Koesoema, Tokyo Institute of Technology
Structure-function relationship of Prelog wild type and anti-Prelog mutant variants of acetophenone reductase from Geotrichum candidum NBRC 4597
17:15-17:20 Closing Remarks

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Update : November 26, 2018

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