Keynote Speakers



Univeristy of Crete, GREECE

Title: „PLLA-based copolymeric biomaterials for bone tissue engineering”

Dr. Maria Chatzinikolaidou is an Assistant Professor in Biomaterials in Tissue Engineering at the Department of Materials Science and Technology, University of Crete (tenured in 2014, and affiliated researcher at the Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH). Her research interests focus on the development of biomaterials and scaffolds, in vitro and in vivo biocompatibility, tissue engineering (bone, dental, cardiovascular).

Dr. Chatzinikolaidou is actively involved in several competitive national and international projects, is author of more than 50 publications in international peer-reviewed journals, 3 book chapters, 120 peer-reviewed conference abstracts and inventor of 3 patents on osteoinductive implants. She is co-organizer of numerous national and international conferences. Since 2012, she is elected member of the Executive Board of the Hellenic Society for Biomaterials (and serves as vice president in the 2015-2018 term). She served as Chair of the 28th Conference of the European Society for Biomaterials (ESB 2017) hold in Athens (, and is program chair of the TERMIS-EU 2019 conference to be held in Rhodes, Greece. 

Silvia FARE

Politecnico di Milano, ITALY

Title: „Assessment of SIBS copolymer properties and suitability for biomedical applications”

Silvia Farè (Ph.D) is Associate Professor in Industrial Bioengineering at Politecnico di Milano (IT), at the Department of Chemistry, Materials and Chemical Engineering “G. Natta”. She obtained her PhD degree in Biomaterials at Politecnico di Milano on the in vitro study of oxidation mechanisms in polyurethanes. She performed a research stage at Laval University, Quebec, Canada. She is author of more than 80 publications in international peer-reviewed journals, 3 book chapters, more than 100 peer-reviewed conference abstracts and inventor of 3 patents on novel polymer formulation and silk fibroin structure for ligament replacement. She is involved in ESB council from 2017, editorial board member of the Journal of Applied Biomaterials and Functional Materials (Sage Journals). Her experience focuses on polymers and composites for biomedical applications, in particular for implantable devices, regenerative medicine and tissue engineering applications, 3D-printed biofunctional/smart polymeric in vitro models mimicking muscle-skeletal pathologies, advanced therapies.


Technical University of Catalonia UPC, SPAIN

Title: „Controlled drug delivery from 3D printed poly-l-lactic acid bioresorbable stent”

 Dr. Marta Pegueroles is head of the Cardiovascular Research line of the Biomaterials, Biomechanics and Tissue Engineering group of the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC). She obtained her PhD degree in Materials Science in 2009 from UPC focusing on the surface modification and the study of cell-material interactions for dental applications. She has performed research stays at the Université Paris XIII (Paris, France) and at the Instituto de Engenharia Biomédica (INEB) (Porto, Portugal). In 2016, she became Associate Professor at UPC and she has a sound experience in the development and modification of metal and polymer biomaterials and its physico-chemical and biological characterization. She has published around 20 papers and 2 book chapters. Her current research focuses on the development of (3D-printed) biofunctional polymeric scaffolds and stents with improved endothelialization properties and reduced risks of restenosis and thrombosis.

Jiashing YU

National Taiwan University, TAIWAN

Title: „A 3D enzymatically crosslinked hydrogel promotes  human adipose-derived stem cell spheroids  proliferation and differentiation”

Dr. Yu received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering in 2003 from National Taiwan University, Taiwan, R.O.C and Ph.D. in 2008 from UC Berkeley/UC San Francisco Joint Graduate Group in Bioengineering. Dr. Yu worked as a postdoctoral researcher at UCSF Medical School and Cardiovascular Research Institute from 2008-2010. She relocated back to her alma mater in 2010 and was an Assistant Professor from 2010-2015 and was promoted to Associate Professor from 2015 till now. Dr. Yu’s group focuses on costumed-design of biomaterials including surface modification of biomaterials to enhance cell and extracellular matrix (ECM) interaction, antibody and peptides conjugated nanoparticles as biosensors and drug delivery vehicles for cancer therapy, cell encapsulation and 3D culture of hASCs (human adipose-derived stem cell) in alginate-based microspheres and various porous scaffold and hydrogel for stem cells differentiation.


Leipzig University, GERMANY

Title: „Microparticulate poly vinyl alcohol hydrogel formulations for embedding and controlled release of polyethyleimine PEI -based nanoparticles”

Achim Aigner is Full Professor for Clinical Pharmacology at the Rudolf-Boehm-Institute for Pharmacology and Toxicology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Leipzig (Germany). Diploma and PhD in Chemistry / Biochemistry, Technical University Darmstadt; Postdoc, Georgetown University, Lombardi Cancer Center, Washington DC, USA; Habilitation / Junior Research Group leader, Institute for Pharmacology and Toxicology, Philipps University Marburg; since 2011 in Leipzig. His research interests are in the (preclinical) development of novel therapeutic strategies based on small RNA molecules (siRNAs, miRNAs, antimiRs) in oncology and other diseases. One major focus is on developing new polymer-based nanoparticles for in vivo use, including chemical modifications, combinations with lipids and embedding in sustained release systems. Nanoparticles are tested and utilized in various in vitro, ex vivo and in vivo models. To this end, different target genes (established and novel oncogenes) as well as tumor inhibitory miRNAs or the inhibition of oncogenic non-coding RNAs are explored.


University of Memphis, UNITED STATES

Title: „Modular tissue engineering template constructs from fibrous branched clusters”

 Dr. Bowlin is a Professor and Herbert Herff Chair of Excellence at The University of Memphis in the Department of Biomedical Engineering.  Dr. Bowlin's collaborative research focuses on the application of electrospun templates for tissue regenerative applications.  Dr. Bowlin's laboratory has published extensively in these areas with over 130 peer-reviewed manuscripts.  Google Scholar data shows his group's published works have been cited over 14,500 times (H-index of 51).  Dr. Bowlin has been granted 13 U.S. Patents and over 30 foreign patents.  These patents have helped to start five different companies and several commercially available and regulatory agency cleared products. One of the most recent technologies being developed by St. Teresa Medical, Inc.  The latest company, Sweetbio, Inc., is Memphis based and commercializing novel guided tissue regeneration membranes for dental reconstruction procedures.  He is a Fellow in the National Academy of Inventors and the Inaugural and current President of the International Society for Biomedical Polymers and Polymeric Biomaterials.


Politecnico di Torino, ITALY

Title: „Novel thermo-sensitive and photo-curable hydrogels as potential bioinks in regenerative medicine”

 Gianluca Ciardelli (Ph.D) has a Master Degree in Chemistry summa cum laude, from the University of Pisa (1994). In 1997 he received the PhD in Natural Sciences from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) of Zurich on synthetic degradable polyurethanes for biomedical applications.

From 2002 and 2004 he was assistant professor at the University of Pisa at the Department of Chemical Engineering, Industrial Chemistry, Materials Science. In December 2004 he joined the Department of Mechanics at the Politecnico di Torino as associated professor. He became Full Professor in Biomedical Engineering in 2011. His research interests focus on polymeric and composite bio and nanomaterials design and technologies for implantable biomedical devices, tissue engineering, nanomedicine, advanced therapies.

He has an h-index is 32 with around 4000 citations.


Sultan Moulay Slimane University, MOROCCO

Title: „Chitosan-based embolizing hydrogel for endovascular therapies  characterization of rheological and occlusive properties”

Dr. Ahmed Fatimi is an Assistant Professor (Department of Chemistry) and affiliated researcher (Biological Engineering Laboratory) at Sultan Moulay Slimane University (Morocco). He has a Master degree (chemical engineering) from Polytech’Nantes School (France) and another Master degree (biopolymers engineering) from University of Nantes (France). In 2008, he obtained a PhD degree in biomaterials from University of Nantes in collaboration with French National Institute for Health and Medical Research (INSERM) on rheological behavior of biomaterials for osteoarticular and dental tissue engineering. From 2009 until 2012, he worked as post-doctoral research fellow at Canada Research Chair in Biomaterials and Endovascular Implants (development of an injectable radiopaque chitosan-based hydrogel for use in endovascular therapy). Dr. Ahmed Fatimi’s research is focused on developing and formulation of hydrogels for tissue engineering and biomedical use, and its physico-chemical, rheological and biological properties. Dr. Ahmed Fatimi published 20 papers, 2 book chapters and 2 patents and presented around 40 conference communications.


Jagiellonian University, POLAND

Title: „Tailoring of implant-tissue interface: PLGA-parylene C multifunctional coating”

Andrzej Kotarba is a full professor at the Faculty of Chemistry, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland. In his research carried out within Materials and Surface Chemistry Group, he is head of, he focuses on the processes taking place at the solid/liquid and solid/gas interfaces, with the aim to apply the acquired knowledge in designing surfaces with desired properties. Within this framework, the research includes catalysts and biomaterials, their preparation and characterization, the latter including their surface properties and reactivities. The research is typically interdisciplinary and is carried out at the interface of chemistry, biochemistry and materials science. Andrzej Kotarba co-authored more than 120 scientific papers and 30 national and international patents and patent applications.


University Groningen, NETHERLANDS

Title: „Contact-killing of gram positive and gram negative bacteria on silicone rubber sheets covered with a flexible immobilized hyperbranched coating”

Ton Loontjens studied chemistry at the University of Nijmegen in the Netherlands. After his study (cum laude) he started working at DSM, an international chemical and biotechnology company, as research leader of the polypropylene polymerization group. After that he possessed a number of functions at DSM, such as researcher, principal scientist and head of several departments all in various areas of polymer chemistry.

In 2005 he became in addition part-time professor in the area of biomedical polymers at the University of Groningen. His main interest is currently the development of antibacterial coatings for biomedical devices and implants in cooperation with several companies. Loontjens is co-author of 2 books, more than 80 publications and is (co)inventor of 70 patents.

Sungho YANG

Korea National University of Education, REPUBLIC OF KOREA

Title: „Cytocompatible coating of individual living cells by atom transfer radical polymerization”

Prof. Sung Ho Yang is an Associate Professor of Chemistry Education at Korea National University of Education (KNUE), Chungju, Republic of Korea. He obtained his Ph.D. from the Department of Chemistry in 2010 from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Republic of Korea, under the supervision of Prof. Insung S. Choi. After postdoctoral work in Department of Bioengineering at University of California, Berkeley, he started his independent research career as a professor at KNUE since 2012. He started his research career with study on atom-transfer radical polymerization, biomimetic synthesis of inorganic materials, and Fabrication of Thin films. Since 2006, he applied biomimetic synthesis and of thin films fabrication to biological systems, leading to encapsulation of living cells with nanomaterials through chemical reactions on the interface of biological systems and aqueous medium. The concept of hard shell encapsulation promoted a new research field such an artificial spore and single cell biology. He is still working for encapsulation of mammalian cells and trying to expand the scope of cell-encapsulation.

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