Initiated in 2013, the BEST Medal recognized individual members for accomplishments in research excellence. This award established to confer honor on individuals who have brought recognition to themselves and to the Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering Society of Taiwan, by their contributions to academia, industry and society.
2018 BEST Medal Awardee
Dr. Wen-Chien Lee
Dr. Wen-Chien Lee is professor in Department of Chemical Engineering and Director of Systems Biology and Tissue Engineering Research Center at National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan. He received his B.S. and M.S. in chemical engineering from National Taiwan University of Science and Technology and Ph.D. from Purdue University (1989). He has served as a visiting professor in Cornell University (USA) and Kasetsart University (Thailand) and chairman of Department of Chemical Engineering at National Chung Cheng University. Dr. Lee has published 110 refereed international journal papers and book chapters, 19 journal papers and book chapters in Chinese, and totally 204 plenary, keynote, oral and poster presentations in international and domestic conferences. His research accomplishments cover advances in theory and practice of protein affinity chromatography, biomagnetic macro- and nano-particles for impulse magnetic field-mediated gene and protein delivery, enzyme producing strains and immobilization systems for biotransformation, proteomic platform to excavate biomarkers of diseases, stem cell differentiation and cell physiology of recombinant bacteria, and production technologies for bio-based chemicals and value-added co-products. He is an editorial board member of Enzyme and Microbial Technology. In addition to 12 granted patents, he has an excellent record in helping industrial companies to drive innovation. Dr. Lee served as the Deputy Secretary General of Asian Federation of Biotechnology (AFOB), responsible for academic activities (scientific divisions) of AFOB and cooperating with the European Federation of Biotechnology. He also served as the President of Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering Society of Taiwan (BEST) and established many international relations for the society. He received 2015 YABEC award from AFOB and 2017 Research Exchange Award from Korean Society for Biotechnology and Bioengineering.
Past Awardees of the BEST Medal
Dr. Wen-Teng Wu
Dr. I-Ming Chu
Dr. Yew-Min Tzeng
Dr. Yu-Chen Hu
Dr. Jo-Shu Chang
BEST Academic Service Award
The BEST Academic Service Award was initiated in 2013 as an annual award to recognize outstanding contributions by an individual academic member in service to the research and education of Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering and in support of the mission of the Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering Society of Taiwan.
2018 BEST Academic Service Awardee
Dr. Kow-Jen Duan
Dr. Kow-Jen Duan received his PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Missouri-Rolla in 1985. He is currently a professor in the Department of Bioengineering, Tatung University, Taipei, Taiwan. He also served as Chairman of the Department. Dr. Duan’s recent research interests have been on production of some oligosaccharides to improve animal or human being intestinal microflora, production of bio-ethanol from starch or agricultural wastes, discovery of bacteria that have antifungal activities and application in agricultural area. Dr. Duan has long term interest in brewing of alcoholic beverages and the market. He was one of the founders of a microbrewery in Taiwan. He is one of the Technical Committee Members of National Treasury Administration, Ministry of Finance of Taiwan (ROC) for Fine Wine Certification. Dr. Duan was author or co-author of about 50 peer review papers, 3 patents, and several cases of technology transfer. He has served as consultant for Yan Ten Biotech. Corp., Fourways Dairy Farm and North Taiwan Brewing. Dr. Duan is member of Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering Society of Taiwan, Taiwan Institute of Chemical Engineers, Taiwan Association for Lactic Acid Bacteria and Asia Federation of Biotechnology.
Past Awardees of the BEST Academic Service Award
Dr. Jau-Yann Wu
Dr. Yaw-Nan Chang
Dr. Dey-Chyi Sheu
Dr. Yu-Kaung Chang
Dr. Wen-Yih Chen