Room 213 D

Advanced Antimicrobial Materials 2

Recent reports by the World Health Organization warn of an impending “post antibiotic era” in which common infections are lethal due to rising levels of antimicrobial resistance. Concurrently, there is a severe lack in development of new classes of antimicrobials. There is an immediate need to engineer advanced antimicrobial therapeutics, delivery systems, and materials that are capable of effectively combating the heterogeneous microbial populations known to cause infections.

Ceramics and Composites in Bone Tissue Engineering and Drug Delivery 2

This session will provide cutting-edge talks on recent advances in ceramics and ceramic composites used in musculoskeletal regeneration. This symposium fits well in the multifunctional biomaterials design theme area, as recent advances have taken ceramics beyond just a space-filling role and into the realms of hybrid materials that can combinatorially achieve structural and biological functionality.

Stem Cell and Biomaterial Interactions 2

It is now widely understood that stem cells respond to a wide range of biochemical and biophysical features of their microenvironment. These may be ligands for integrin binding, controlled presentation of growth factors, or the mechanical features of the surrounding matrix. Biomaterials are playing a major role in studies to identify the importance of such signals through mechanistic studies, as well as towards the translation of these signals into constructs towards applications in coatings and tissue engineering.

Academic- Industry Collaborations in Biomaterials Research

Collaborations between academia and industry have led to numerous advances in basic biomaterials research as well as the development of products that have been clinically translated and/or commercialized. These collaborations have enabled industrial researchers to better tackle basic biomedical research problems, while allowing academic researchers to translate their research from the laboratory bench into viable products. Through collaboration these two groups have the potential to solve some of the greatest challenges in biomaterials.

Stem Cell and Biomaterial Interactions

It is now widely understood that stem cells respond to a wide range of biochemical and biophysical features of their microenvironment. These may be ligands for integrin binding, controlled presentation of growth factors, or the mechanical features of the surrounding matrix. Biomaterials are playing a major role in studies to identify the importance of such signals through mechanistic studies, as well as towards the translation of these signals into constructs towards applications in coatings and tissue engineering.

Nanomaterials

This session will focus on technology, innovative design and synthesis of nanobiomaterials useful in the creation of new and better devices, diagnostics and therapeutics for biomedical applications.

Macromolecular Drug Delivery

The goal of this session is to highlight the advances and the development of biomaterials for the delivery and use of large molecules, including proteins/growth factors, nucleic acids, and viral particles. Delivery of therapeutic proteins and other biomacromolecules can be complicated by rapid degradation within tissue, uncontrolled release mechanisms, and barriers to delivery of large molecules to specific intracellular and extracellular biological targets.

Cardiovascular Biomaterials

Biomaterials play an important role in the design and fabrication of a broad range of cardiovascular medical devices. New materials and applications are constantly developed in academia and research and development laboratories all over the world. The sessions will review current state-of-the-art devices and highlight key challenges involved in the development of cardiovascular biomaterials.

Surface Modification and Characterization of Biomaterials: Concepts, Principles and Latest Developments

The surface of a biomaterial is the interface between the biomaterial and the biological environment it is placed in. Thus, it is essential to properly and precisely engineer the surface chemistry and structure of a biomaterial to optimize its performance in biological applications. Surface characterization of these engineered surfaces and interfaces is required to determine if the desired surface chemistry and structure was obtained.

Testing Methods for Performance Prediction of Materials and Devices

The testing methods used to evaluate, develop, produce, commercialize and assess the clinical performance of medical devices and the materials used in devices are critical requirements. The correlation of testing methods for development and production to the clinical performance of medical devices has multiple past and current successful and unsuccessful outcome examples. With technology enhancements and medical device recipient changes, the need for more evolving and refined test methods grows.