Dr. Matjaž Peterka

Dr. Matjaz Peterka received a PhD in Microbiology from University of Ljubljana. After completion of PhD he joined BIA Separations, company developing and producing CIM® Convective Interaction Media chromatographic columns. He has been part of the team for ten years working as a researcher, project manager, department head, and consultant. Matjaz was involved in development and marketing of various chromatography products. His responsibilities included the development of chromatographic purification methods for recombinant proteins, plasmid DNA and viruses. As a researcher or a project manager he was involved in several projects to develop virus downstream processes including purification of live attenuated vaccine against seasonal and pandemic influenza. Presently, Matjaz is a head of Laboratory for bio-analytics at Centre of excellence for Biosensors, Instrumentation and Process Control. He is coordinating efforts of the research group to develop new applications of bacteriophages against human, animal and plant pathogenic bacteria. In addition group is focusing on production and purification technologies for human and bacterial viruses. His research resulted in number of papers and book chapters on different fields of microbiology and biotechnology.

Prof. dr. Aleš Podgornik

Dr. Aleš Podgornik, is by profession chemical engineer and is working for 20 years in field of biochemical engineering, especially in downstream processing of macromolecules. He used to worked as CSO and R&D head for companies BIA and BIA Separations for more than a decade, currently being in COBIK as LBA head deputy. Besides, he is a professor of Biotechnology on Biotechnical faculty, University of Ljubljana. His research interest is biochromatography related to development and application of monolithic chromatographic stationary phases. He published over 70 papers, 10 book chapters and holds several international and national patents. He was awarded in 2001 with Jožef Stefan Golden Emblem Prize for outstanding doctoral dissertation  and in 2005 with Zois award for award for implementation of scientific achievements.