The BioUpdate Foundation

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The BioUpdate Foundation has almost 25 years experience in organising courses aimed at putting knowledge into practice. Our courses aim to help you understand the science and understand how the science can be put to practical use.

Courses are limited to specific areas of pharmaceutical, biomedical and life science interest. In order that our clients can derive the most benefit form our course, we are now focusing on “in house” and “close to house” courses. Our target audiences are those who need to be introduced to new areas of interest and those who wish to have their knowledge updated.

Our courses have distinctive features which are designed to give maximum opportunity and may now be booked on-line.  See our Book Courses page for booking and registration options.

Felix Franks (1926 - 2016)

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Felix Franks, one of the founders of the BioUpdate Foundation.  Trained as physical chemist, Felix developed an unsurpassed knowledge of the properties of water and frozen solutions. A knowledge he applied to the fundamentals of protein biochemistry as well as to industrial applications in the food and pharmaceutical industries.

One of the first to teach the importance of the glass transition in freeze-drying, he created a revolution which changed the way the entire industry thought and developed products.  In doing so he opened the door to the rational use of amorphous materials in biopreservation and protein stabilisation.  Many of us have known him as a colleague, mentor or friend.

Those who were fortunate to know him well learned from his many tales that his life had been truly extraordinary, being a kindertransport refugee in the 1930s was just the beginning of a remarkable journey.  His mission in creating the BioUpdate Foundation, as a not for profit organisation, was to ensure that those who were in most need, especially younger and less qualified scientists, could have access to high quality training courses at affordable prices  He will be greatly missed.

Latest Blog. Can you build an "inside-out" protein? This is as much a challenge as a blog. The familiar structure of a protein with a hydrophilic surface and a more hydrophobic core is a consequence of the properties of water.  But the properties of water change with temperature and pressure. Can we change them sufficiently to allow us to build an inside-out protein?  Click here to read more.

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