Feedback of the bilateral international meeting in Potsdam

on the January 26, 2018

On December 8, a Glyco@Alps delegation visited the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interface in Potsdam, Germany
One of the goals of Glyco@Alps is to stem the creation of a network of excellence in Europe for laboratories in Glycosciences.Our first international visit was for the Max Planck Institute of Colloid and Inrterfaces in Potsdam, just next door to Berlin. Under the direction of Peter Seeberger, the Institute develops research on complex carbohydrate molecules, molecular force sensors and motors, mesoscopic hybrid systems, biomimetic membranes and vesicles as well as the develop¬ment of carbohydrate-based vaccines and intelligent biomaterials.  Among the departments, the “Biomaterials” and “Biomolecular Systems” are directly involved in Glycosciences. The Department of Biomaterials focuses on interdisciplinary research in the field of biological and biomimetic materials. The “Biomolecular Systems” department include many developments in carbohydrate chemistry and biochemistry. One major topic is to enable the development of novel vaccines, therapies, and diagnostic tests through automated sugar synthesis. We were also strongly interested by the innovation model of the institute with the creation of several companies such as  GlycoUniverse that distributes machines  glycan synthetizers and Vaxxilon AG that vaccines against hospital microbes.

The Comittee in Potsdam

The meeting day was opened by Peter Seeberger and Anne Imberty for presentation of the host institute and Glyco@Alps, respectively. The French delegation included colleagues from DCM, CERMAV and IBS and the presentation ranged from synthetic chemistry (O. Renaudet) to biomaterials (L. Heux, Y. Nishiyama) , through biologically active oligo and polysaccharides and their receptors (R. Vives, A. Imberty). The talks from our German colleagues covered the development of automation for synthesis of glycans (P. Seeberger), the  application in production of biopolymer fragments (F. Pfrengle, M. Debianco) or glycan array (F. Löffler), as well as recent research in the domain of biopolymer (C. Bidan), synthetic glycoproteins (D. Varon) , glycolipids (E. Schneck)  and glycan receptors (C. Rademacher).
Program Potsdam

Very active discussion took place at the conference and continued at dinner and we expect that new collaboration will start in addition to the  existing one (international ANR between C. Rademacher and A. Imberty) . The cultural tour on Saturday morning included a visit of Pergammon museum  and the classical “currywurst” at the Christmas market.

Published on January 25, 2018