New president elected


During the ISPMF annual general meeting in Ghent, the members of the society elected George Lomonosoff as new president. 

Congratulations to George (left) and many thanks to Julian Ma (past president, right) for all his work during the last two years.


Plant Biotech 2016


Plant Biotech 2016, a joint meeting of the Canadian Society of Plant Biologists and the Canadian Association for Plant Biotechnology, will be held on June 19-21, 2016 at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.  Among others, three sessions will be dedicated to Molecular Farming and Crop Biotech. ISPMF is sponsoring the featured talk presented by Dr. Dominique Michaud for the first Molecular Farming session and entitled: “Targeted alteration of host cell functions for improved expression of biopharmaceuticals in plants”.

Workshop on “Plant Molecular Farming − III” in Coimbatore, India


The Department of Biotechnology, Bharathiar University and Institute for Infection & Immunity, St. George’s University of London, are jointly organizing a two-day workshop on “Plant Molecular Farming − III” in Coimbatore, India, supported by the UK-India Education

and Research Initiative, on 27-28th July 2016 .  

Following the success of previous workshops in 2012 and 2014, we will highlight latest developments in the area of Molecular Farming. This workshop will include hands on training and lectures from Academia and Industry experts.

Updated Newsletter available


An updated Newsletter for the upcoming annual meeting is now available an can be found here.

Latest Newsletter available


Dear ISPMF member,

Attached is the latest Newsletter from the Society. Included are more details about the annual meeting in Ghent and a reminder that bursaries are available from the society.

Wishing you all the very best,

Julian Ma, on behalf of the

The ISPMF Management Committee


Molecular Farming in the News


Molecular Farming in the big TV News in South Africa

Watch the video with our members from Cape Town here

ISPMF Newsletter #3


Ther Newsletter #3 of the ISPMF is now available

Bursary Application Form for download


As a member of the ISPMF you are eligible to apply for a bursary to present at scientific conferences and meetings. For applications, please use the form which can be downloaded here

Call for coworkers: Case Study in Downstream Processing


During this years PBVAB conference in Lausanne (8-10 June) we have started to discuss the current state of downstream process development for plant-derived biologics and of the design of process scale-up in general. The consensus among the contributors was that competition between companies, institutes and laboratories in the plant biotechnology sector is driven by products and not by processes, which is essentially the same notion that traditional biopharma companies like Pfizer and GSK share as well.

Virology Africa 2015


A workshop on transient expression of proteins using plant cell packs (cookies) will be held on 30th November and 4th December 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa. The workshop is held in conjunction with the Virology Africa Conference which runs from 1-3 December 2015.

Registration is now open! Find more details under EVENTS

Virology Africa 2015