Plant Molecular Farming is the production of valuable proteins, peptides and small molecules through the use of plant biotechnology.
It was 1989 when molecular farming burst onto the cover of Nature with Andy Hiatt’s monoclonal antibody expression in plants paper, alerting the world to a very new potential of plants. Since then, the field has taken great strides, particular in developing a suite of biotechnology platforms, and culminating in a number of commercial pharmaceutical and cosmetic protein products as well as in secondary metabolite small molecule products for a variety of applications.
In establishing this International Society, we hope to provide a meeting place for all scientists engaged in or simply interested in the field. A virtual meeting place to provide up-to-date news, ideas and discussion fora, and a real meeting place in the form of scientific conferences to exchange data and establish collaborations.
As an academic society, our main objective is to promote and support excellence in research, scholarship and practice in Plant Molecular Farming. We hope that you will consider becoming a member and helping us to achieve this objective.
A word from your new president
I was greatly honoured to be elected the 2nd president of the ISPMF during the annual general meeting of the society in Ghent in May 2016. As my first act, I would like to pay tribute to my predecessor and founding president of the society, Julian Ma for his exceptional efforts in setting up the ISMPF and ensuring it has become such a vibrant learned society in only 2 years; a hard act to follow, indeed. In case any of you are worried that Julian will not be much in evidence in the future, I can assure that this will not be the case as he has now taken on the role of Treasurer of Society. I look forward to working with him and all the committee members in the future.
I would also like to take this opportunity to express my thanks to Ann Depicker and colleagues at VIB for organising such an excellent meeting of the society in Ghent this May. Not only were the scientific sessions excellent but the buffet dinners were also superb and gave all the delegates a chance to talk and look at the posters. On the subject of meetings, and given that this is an Olympic year, I will simply end by paraphrasing a statement associated with end of each games and say:
I call upon the molecular farmers of the world to assemble two years from now in Helsinki to participate in the 3rd ISPMF meeting.
President of the Society.