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The CCC spring symposium this year was organized live and was attended by approximately 100 researchers and scientists from different companies and universities, also from abroad. It was a great opportunity to meet each other again after 2 years of online meetings and symposia. The morning session was chaired by prof. dr. Gert-Jan Euverink, while in the afternoon prof. dr. Henk Schols kindly took over the chairing of the event.
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In the morning prof. dr. Adrie Minnaard from Stratingh Institute for Chemistry at the University of Groningen gave an interesting presentation about the synthesis and modification of complex natural products, with applications ranging from biological pest control, the immunology of tuberculosis, and the development of novel antibiotics.

Several key-notes followed, for example by prof. dr. Manfred Wuhrer who is the Head of the Center for Proteomics and Metabolomics at the Leiden University Medical Center, dr. Martin Beukema, postdoc at the UMCG and dr. Clara Belzer, Associate Professor at the Laboratory of Microbiology of Wageningen University.

Dr. Hans Leemhuis, principal scientist at Avebe, closed the list of the key-notes with a clear focus on starch and the development of novel starch derivatives with new functionalities. His speech was about “Starch based food ingredients and biobased materials.” He showed that starches require a mild chemical modification to deliver the desired functionalities. But there is a growing market for functional starches manufactured without chemical modification. Therefore he presented the recent developments in the enzymatic conversion of starch structures, and the use of these altered starch architectures in applications.

See the full report on the CCC website. The next CCC Symposium and networking event will be held in November 2022.

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