AI Lab for Bioscience Webinars I

The AI Lab for Bioscience ( invites you to join a selection or all webinars taking place on April 12 & 13. The lab is organizing this meeting for those interested in and active in the fields of Artificial Intelligence and Bioscience. You can find the full webinar program below. Topics range from large-scale manufacturing to microbiome-based precision nutrition, going from large to small scale. Experts active in these topics will present their in-depth insights.

For each of the 5 webinars, a separate registration form is available. Once you register through one of those forms, an agenda item will be sent to you by e-mail so you can book time in your agenda. Please use the links below provided for each webinar. Please join and participate in the Q&A session.

If you have questions about these webinars, please send an e-mail to Renger.Jellema@DSM.COM. Renger Jellema is the Program Manager.

Program Day 1, April 12th

Day 1, April 12th
Webinar 1registration form webinar 1
09:30 – 10:00 CET | Advancing Bioscience through Artificial Intelligence
Marcel Reinders (TU Delft), Henk Noorman (DSM) and Hans Roubos (DSM)

Artificial intelligence is recognized as one of the key drivers of modern innovation in many disciplines, including food systems and biomanufacturing. DSM – a global science-based company in Health, Nutrition and Bioscience – has joined forces with Delft University of Technology and established the laboratory to explore new applications of artificial intelligence in bioscience and its industrial applications. Together, five lines of research have been established to explore how AI technologies can be used to optimize biomanufacturing at different scales: from factory unit planning and the development of digital twins of fermentation processes, to self-organizing laboratories and advanced microbial strain building cycles, to understanding the interaction between microbiomes and their hosts. Today, you will learn about the ambitions of and how we plan to solve the challenges.

10:00 – 10:40 CET| Engineering Cellular Metabolism using Machine Learning
Jie Zhang, Søren Petersen, Christine Pedersen, Hector Garcia-Martin, Mike Fero and Michael Krogh Jensen

Leveraging advanced mechanistic modelling and the generation of high-quality multi-dimensional data sets, machine learning is becoming an integral part of understanding and engineering living systems. Among the different types of mechanistic models for simulating metabolism, genome-scale models are one of the most popular approaches. Yet, the predictive power of genome-scale models is often hampered by the limited knowledge and data available for the parameters affecting metabolic regulation. Here we present how mechanistic and machine learning models can complement each other in a combined approach enabling predictive engineering of yeast metabolism. From a single data-generation cycle, we demonstrate that this approach enables successful forward engineering of complex native and heterologous metabolisms in yeast, with the best machine learning-guided design recommendations improving titers and productivities compared to the best designs used for algorithm training. Taken together, this presentation will highlight the power of combining mechanistic and machine learning models to effectively direct metabolic engineering efforts.

Day 1, April 12th
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14:30 – 15:10 CET | Helix engineering: combining the power of 3DM with AI to disrupt protein engineering
Stephan Heijl, Jeanine Boot, Bastiaan Brier, Tom van den Bergh, Bas Vroling, Henk-Jan Joosten (Bio-Prodict B.V.)

The high dimensionality and practically infinite size of the sequence space requires effective techniques to explore, navigate and improve proteins. Current techniques are underwhelming in their accuracy and ability to find novel variants. With its 3DM technology Bio-Prodict has long been at the forefront of providing protein engineering solutions. We automated 3DM-based search strategies to smartly select positions to mutate initially. We also developed a deep learning based ensemble architecture for the next rounds. Using multiple datasets we showed that this pipeline outperforms legacy machine learning methods on average by 71.5% when mutations were selected randomly and by 115% when the 3DM-based initial selection step was used. We have shown that with our technology, even as few as 50 initial mutations yield competitive hit rates.

Day 1, April 12th
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16:30 – 17:10 CET | From Screening to Production: a Holistic Approach of High-throughput Model-based Bioprocess Development
Peter Neubauer, Mariano Nicolas Cruz Bournazou (Technische Universität Berlin, Germany)

A significantly more efficient development of bioprocesses can only be achieved through a higher degree of automation and digitalisation. With the ultimate goal of generating a digital twin that describes the dynamics of the cell system across scales: (i) informative experiments (often fed-batch high-cell-density cultivations) must be optimally designed on a parallel scale, (ii) these experiments need to be optimally operated with advanced control tools, and combined with comprehensive process analytics, which in turn (iii) require automated operation of complex robotic systems running difficult nonlinear dynamic bioreactor processes. In the KIWI-biolab, we integrate these sub-strategies using process control and optimization, AI and machine learning and demonstrate the advantages on different microbial bioprocesses to produce recombinant proteins.

About is the Artificial Intelligence Lab for #Bioscience which was founded in 2021 by TU Delft and is funded by DSM. This laboratory is the first of its kind in Europe to apply artificial intelligence to full-scale #biomanufacturing, from microbial strain development to process optimization and factory scheduling. The lab is led by Professor Marcel Reinders, Director TU Delft Bioengineering Institute. is part of ICAI.


12 Apr 2022


09:30 - 17:10

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