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Biofermentation: Beers to BioPharmaceuticals
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Come network with leading professionals in Athens Life Science community at the Southern Brewing Company.

When: Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Where: Southern Brewing Company
231 Collins Industrial Blvd.
Athens, Georgia  30601
United States

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Come network with leading professionals in Athens Life Science community at the Southern Brewing Company. This event serves as a gathering place for discussion of issues affecting our growing industry and facilitating mutually beneficial relationships through exchanges of information, ideas and support. 


This event is conducted as part of Acropolis: A month long celebration of innovation in Athens, Georgia, USA.

Includes beverages and appetizers.


Two TED-style talks will be followed by a reception that will provide an opportunity to interact with the speakers and others in the North Georgia life science and biotech industries, discuss issues affecting our growing industry, and form new relationships.



David Blum

Director of Bioexpression and Fermentation Facility

University of Georgia


Joy Doran-Peterson, Ph.D.
Director Biomanufacturing and Bioprocessing Program
Professor of Microbiology
University of Georgia

Microbe-powered jobs. What in the world does that mean? It means jobs in industries that use microbes to make their products. Microbes can be highly efficient, versatile and sophisticated manufacturing tools, and have the potential to serve as the backbone for a vibrant economic sector.

The craft brewing revolution is just one example of a microbe-powered industry. To launch these companies, craft brewers had to become experts in one particular kind of microbiology-yeast fermentation. Many of them experimented with home brewing beer for personal consumption before expanding commercially.
But beer is not the only thing that microbes can make and yeast is not the only kind of microbe capable of producing useful products on an industrial scale. At present, microbes are used commercially to make products as diverse as vitamins, food components, and bioplastics. The potential scope for industries based on the kinds of biotransformations at which microbes excel is enormous, but two obstacles stand in the way of an explosion of this sector. First relatively few scientifically inclined students are aware that microbe-powered industry is a potential career choice. Second, there are currently few academic programs aimed at educating the workforce that will be needed for this sector to thrive. UGA is at the forefront of addressing both of these challenges.  



GaBio Champion $0 (free)

First 25 UGA student attendees FREE (Contact Tyler Duggins at or 706-542-8969)

Members/Non-Members/Students $25






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