19Th Meeting of the EC-US Task Force on Biotechnology Research
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, San Francisco, CA, USA
June 25-26, 2009



The European Commission (EC) - United States (US) Task Force on Biotechnology Research met for the 19th time at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in San Francisco, USA, June 25-26, 2009. The meeting was co-chaired by Judith St. John, Deputy Administrator, US Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service (USDA ARS), US, and Timothy Hall, Acting Director for Biotechnologies, Agriculture and Food Research, Research Directorate - General, European Commission. The meeting was attended by US representatives from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Institute of Health (NIH), Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by telephone. Attendees from the EC were from the EC Research Directorate -General, Directorate for Biotechnologies, Agriculture and Food Research and the Directorate for Health, the Joint Research Directorate - General, IRRM and the European Commission US Delegation.

List of EC participants  PDF icon 173 KB

List of US participants  PDF icon 202 KB

Conclusions  PDF icon

Final agenda  PDF icon

June 25, 2009

9:00 Welcome and introductory remarks
(J. St. John, USDA, US/ T. Hall, EC)

9:15 Welcome and Laboratory Overview
(A. Paul Avistatos, LBL)

9:30 Overview of Biotechnology Research in the US Environmental Protection Agency
E. Francis, EPA, by phone  PDF icon 3.8 MB

10:00 Food Allergens: A Biotechnology Challenge for the Analytical Chemist
A. Herrero, EC  PDF icon 24.6 MB
S. Luccioli, FDA, by phone  PDF icon 2.0 MB

10:30 Morning Break

10:45 Foresight on Agriculture and Food Research
T. Hall, EC  PDF icon 212 KB

11:15 Report and discussion of the Workshop on A Global Look at Women’s Leadership in Biotechnology Research
R. Teutonico, NSF/ G. Kemekliene & L. Matthiessen, EC  PDF icon 111 KB
Lydia Villa-Komaroff, Cytonome, Inc./ Lene Lange, University of Aallborg, Denmark, Co-Chairpersons  PDF icon 209 KB

12:15 pm Brown Bag Lunch at LBL

1:10 Swine Flu Update
(EC and US representatives)

1:30 Update on Obesity Research Activities
V.Hubbard, NIH/ T. Hall & P. Kolar, EC  PDF icon 943 KB

2:00 Report on follow up and publication of the report from the Workshop on Nanobiotechnology
(I. Economidis, EC)

2:15 Report on the Workshop on Virtual Tissues
E. Francis EPA/ P. Kolar, EC  PDF icon 960 KB

2: 45 Break

3:00 Tour of the Molecular Foundry

3:30 Transportation to Emeryville

4:00 Tour of the Joint BioEnergy Institute, Emeryville

4:45 Bus Departs for Dinner

5:30 Dinner at the Solano Bar and Grill, Albany

June 26, 2009

8:00 Report from the Working Group on Environmental Biotechnology
I.Economidis EC/ A. Palmisano, DOE  PDF icon 752 KB

8:20 Report from the Working Group on Biobased Products and Bio-Energy

K. Simmons, USDA & D. Thomassen, DOE/ A. Aguilar & P. Venturi, EC  PDF icon 168 KB

8:40 Report from the Working Group on Plant Biology
(T. Hall, EC/ J. Silverthorne, NSF)

9:00 Report from the Working Group on Marine Genomics
L. Proctor, NSF/ M. Lex, EC  PDF icon 467 KB

9:20 Break

9:40 Report on the Working Group on Animal Biotechnology
J-C. Cavitte, EC/ J. Silverstein, USDA  PDF icon 233 KB

10:00 Update on Synthetic Biology Activities
I. Economidis, EC/ S. Rastegar, NSF  PDF icon 1.2 MB

10:30 Presentation of New EC Workshop Proposals. Menopause Workshop update
(M. Steinbock, US)

11:15 Changes in Funding Mechanisms for Health Research
P. Kolar EC  PDF icon 325 KB
S. Bertuzzi, NIH  PDF icon 1.5 MB

11:45 Guidelines for Working Groups
(M. Steinbock, US/ L. Matthiessen, EC)

12:00 Discussion of the 20th Anniversary Workshop and the 20th Task Force Meeting “The US - EC Task Force on Biotechnology Research: Twenty Years of Looking Forward Together”, June 2, 2010, Barcelona, Spain. 20th US-EC Task Force Meeting, June 3-4, 2010, University of Pompeu Fabra, Spain.

12:30 Conclusions of the Meeting