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Michael Butler, MSc, PhD

Chief Scientific Officer at National Institute of Bioprocessing Research & Training (NIBRT)

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Michael Butler is the Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) of the National Institute of Bioprocessing Research & Training (NIBRT) in Ireland and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the University of Manitoba, Canada.   His previous appointments include Associate Dean of Scientific Research at Manitoba and Principal Lecturer in Biotechnology at Manchester Metropolitan University.   He has also been a Visiting Scientist at MIT (USA), Animal Virus Institue (Pirbright, UK) and the Universities of Oxford and Rio de Janeiro. He holds degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry from the Universities of Birmingham, London (UK) and Waterloo (Canada).   His research work focuses on the development of bioprocesses using mammalian cells for the production of recombinant proteins, monoclonal antibodies and viral vaccines.  He is particularly interested in the bioprocess conditions that can be used to control the biochemical structure of glycoproteins. He has always collaborated closely with industry and is a past recipient of the Canadian national Synergy Award for University-Industry innovation.  He is the director of MabNet, a Canadian network for Mab production and founder of Biogro Technologies Inc., a spin-off company dedicated to serum-free media development.

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