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    Prof. Yasuhiko Tabata, Kyoto University, Japan

    Yasuhiko Tabata is the Professor of laboratory of Biomaterials at the Institute for Frontier Life and Medical Sciences, Kyoto University and serves as adjunctive professor at 17 different universities. He received his BD in Polymer Chemistry (1981), Ph.D. (1988) in Technology, D.Med.Sc. (2002), and D.Pharm. (2003) all at Kyoto University. He has published 1,630 scientific papers including 145 book chapters and review articles, and has 130 patents. He received the Young Investigator Award (1990), the Scientific Award from the Japanese Society for Biomaterials (2002), the Scientific Award from the Japan Society of Drug Delivery System (2011), Chandra P. Sharma Award of the International Society of Biomaterials & Artificial Organs (2011), the Scientific Award from the Japanese Society for Regenerative Medicine (2014), Merit Award Winners for Industry-Academia-Government Collaboration, President of Science Council of Japan Award (2016), Outstanding Scientist Award of TERMIS-AP (2018), and several awards. Dr. Tabata is the council member of 5 Japanese Academic Societies or an associate member of the Science Council of Japan, Cabinet Office and the Editorial Board of 7 scientific journals. 


    Prof. Gary Bowlin, University of Memphis, USA    

    Gary 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 140 peer-reviewed manuscripts.  Google Scholar data shows his group’s published works have been cited almost 17,000 times (H-index of 59).  Dr. Bowlin has been granted 15 U.S. Patents and over 40 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 and wound healing 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.

    Prof. Xiumei MO, Donghua University, China 

    Dr. Xiumei MO is a professor of Biomaterials in Donghua University. She once had two years Postdoc experience in Kyoto University, three years research fellow experience in National University of Singapore, one year visiting professor experience in Aachen University of Applied Science and Technology. In Donghua University she was granted 28 projects related with nanofiber fabrication for different tissue regeneration and hydrogel as tissue adhesive. She has published more than 300 peer-reviewed journal papers. 3 books, 5 book chapters, ISI Web of Science showed that she ranking No.7 in the world on electrospun nanofiber publication. She got the Science Technical Invention Awards from Shanghai Municipality in 2008,Science and Technology Progress Awards from State Department of People’s Republic of China in 2009, Nature Science Awards from Shanghai Government in 2015. She is the committee members of China Biomaterials Society as well as Biomedical Engineering Society Biomaterials Branch.

    Associate Prof. Gareth R. Williams, University College London, 

    UKGareth received a MChem (Hons) degree from the University of Oxford in 2002. He remained in Oxford for a DPhil (PhD) in materials chemistry working with Prof Dermot O’Hare, which was completed in 2005. Gareth then spent three years working in science programme management for the UK government, before returning to Oxford to take up a post-doctoral position in 2009. In September 2010 he joined London Metropolitan University as a Senior Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Science, and in November 2012 was appointed to the UCL School of Pharmacy as a Lecturer in Pharmaceutics. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2016 and recognized as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2017.Gareth leads a group of around 20 researchers working on a range of topics in drug delivery and vaccine formulation. His group is particularly interested in using polymer based nanomaterials (particles and fibers) prepared by electrohydrodynamic approaches for improving the efficacy of vaccines, targeted drug delivery, and theranostics.

    Prof. Urszula Stachewicz, AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow, Polan 

    d Urszula Stachewicz is an associate professor at AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow. She is also working in the International Centre of Electron Microscopy for Materials Science. She graduated from Delft University of Technology with PhD in electrohydrodynamic of liquids to use electrospray as an on-demand deposition method, with research performed at Philips Research Laboratories in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. She conducted the postgraduate study at Queen Mary, University of London (UK) and work at spin-out company Nanoforce Technology Ltd. in polymer science and electrospun fibers. In 2018 she was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge at Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, UK. Her research activity is focused on surface properties of electrospun fibers for biomedical and water and energy harvesting, and in situ mechanical testing of synthetic and naturally structured materials. She developed advanced 3D tomography protocols using focus ion beam and scanning electron microscopy (FIB-SEM) for nanofibrous biomaterials and membranes. More information can be found at 

    Dr. Muhammad Shafiq, Pakistan Institute of Engineering &Applied Sciences, Pakistan 

    Muhammad Shafiq is currently working as an Assistant Professor at Pakistan Institute of Engineering & Applied Sciences (PIEAS), Islamabad. He has received PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Korea Institute of Science & Technology (KIST), Seoul, Korea in the year 2018. During his PhD he worked on stem cell recruiting biomaterials for tissue engineering & regenerative medicine applications. Particularly, he capitalized on the synthesis of mechano-elastic polymers and their functionalization with the stem cell-active motifs to promote enrichment and adhesion. He attached neuropeptide substance P, MSC-affinity peptide, SDF-1α, and heparin to these polymers. He fabricated electrospun vascular grafts, heart patches, and wound healing materials. He has published about 30 SCI papers in famous journals including Biomaterials, Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology (ATVB), Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part, and Macromolecular Research. He has also published 2 book chapters. Besides, he has won Startup Research Grant from Higher Education Commission, Islamabad. He was the secretary of 1st International Symposium on Advances in Chemistry, Polymer Science, and Biomedical Materials. His research interests include but not limited to biofunctional materials, organoids for drug discovery, micro- and nano-fabrication, cardiovascular devices, and tissue engineering.

    Prof. Yaopeng Zhang, Donghua University, China 

    Yaopeng Zhang is Deputy Director of State Key Laboratory for Modification of Chemical Fibers and Polymer Materials, and Vice Dean of College of Materials Science and Engineering, Donghua University (DHU), China. He has joined DHU since 2002 after he received his PhD degree in Material Science from DHU. He had worked as a postdoctoral fellow of Kawamura Institute of Chemical Research, Japan from 2004 to 2007. In 2010 and 2016, he was appointed a Visiting Professor in Akita University and in Stony Brook University, respectively. In 2012, he became a full professor in DHU. Dr. Zhang published more than 80 SCI papers in ACS Nano, ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces etc. and obtained 36 patents. His work on super-strong functional silk has been reported and highlighted by C&EN and other media. He has been Shanghai Down Scholar, Shanghai Rising-Star Scholar, Shanghai Pujiang Scholar, and Shanghai Chenguang Scholar. 

    Prof. Wenguo Cui, Ruijin Hospital, China

    Wenguo Cui is a full professor at Ruijin Hospital, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine. He received his Bachelor degree in 2004 and PhD degree of Biomedical Engineering in 2009 from Southwest Jiaotong University in China. In 2013-2015, he worked as a research scholar in Prof. David A. Weitz’s group in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences of Harvard University. His scientific interests are focused on the development of novel biomaterials and nanomaterials for tissue regeneration, drug delivery and disease treatment. He worked as PI for Four projects of National Natural Science Foundation of China and ten other grants in Shanghai. He has published more than 150 SCI papers (H=37, Citation>5,000, including an over 300 citation article), 13 granted patents, one chief editor of 1 book and 9 book chapters as first or corresponding author. He is Section Editor (Associate Editor): BMC Mater (Spring Nature), Associate Editor: Materials Science and Engineering: C (IF=5.0, Elsevier) , Editor: Mate r Today Adv (Elsevier). He has won the prize of Fundamental Bone Research Scholar in Chinese Medical Association, first prize of Scientific and Technological Progress of Shanghai, second prize of Outstanding Achievement Award in Science Research in the Ministry of Education twice and Chinse Medicine Award and Huaxia Medicie Award. 

    Prof. Lei Zhai, University of Central Florida, USA

    Lei Zhai received the B.S. degree in East China University of Science and Technology in Chemical Engineering and M.S. degree in Chemistry from East Tennessee State University. He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Carnegie Mellon University. and worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
    He is a professor in Chemistry and the Director of NanoScience Technology Center at the University of Central Florida. His research focuses on the self-assembly of conjugated polymers, polyelectrolyte nanostructures, and polymer derived ceramic composites. 
    Dr. Zhai is a recipient of NSF CAREER Award, is a Scialog Fellow (Research Corporation for Science Advancement), and has received the Outstanding Chemist Award at American Chemical Society (ACS) Orlando Section in 2013. Prof. Zhai has served as the associate editor of Materials. 

    Prof. Insup Noh, Seoul National University of Science and Technology, Korea

    Insup Noh is a full professor at Seoul National University of Science and Technology in Korea(1999-present). He received his BS degree in Textile Engineering, Konkuk Univ(1989), both his MS and Ph.D. degrees in biomaterials for tissue engineering from Univ. of Texas at Austin (1995, 1997) and researched in both Caltech (1995-1997) and Harvard-MIT Health Science and Technology about local drug delivery(1997-1999). He founded both Convergence Institute of Biomedical Eng & Biomaterials (2015) and Healthcare Sci & Tech at Graduate School (2014) in SeoulTech. He is a president-elect of Korea Society for Biomaterials and served the editor-in-chief of Biomaterials Research (2014-2018) and ISO TC150. He is an expert member of both creation and utilization committees in Presidential Council on Intellectual Properties of Korea(2011-present). He has published over 140 papers, 2 books, many book chapters, file more than 25 patents and transferred 2 technologies. He is the recipient of 2018 Biomaterials Research Award (BMC) and other awards. His research is in biodegradable scaffold for tissue engineering by using injectable and 3D bioprinting hydrogels for bone, cartilage and blood vessels.

    Prof. Xiangyang Shi, Donghua University, China

    Xiangyang Shi graduated with Ph.D. (organic chemistry, Institute of Photographic Chemistry, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing) in 1998. He worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Tsinghua University (1998-2000, Beijing) and Max-Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces (2000-2001, Potsdam, Germany). He then moved to California State University, Los Angeles (2001-2002) as a visiting scholar. From 2002-2008, he worked as a Research Fellow, Research Associate II, Research Investigator, and Research Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He then became a professor of special appointment in Donghua University since 2008. Since 2010 he is also appointed as an “Invited Chair in Nanotechnology” at University of Madeira, Portugal. Prof. Shi has authored or coauthored 352 SCI-indexed peer-reviewed journal articles (h-index = 67) and 298 technical conference abstracts or proceeding papers, along with 16 invited book chapters and 76 approved patents. His current research interests are focused on the development of organic/inorganic hybrid nanoplatforms and microfluidic platforms for sensing, imaging, and theranostic applications, in particular for precision cancer imaging and therapy.

    Prof. Won Jong Kim, Pohang University of Science and Technology, Korea

    Prof. Won Jong Kim received his BSc from Hanyang University in 1998, and M.S. and Ph. D. in Biomolecular Engineering in 2004 at Tokyo Institute of Technology. From 2004 to 2007, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Utah under the supervision of Prof. Sung Wan Kim. Currently, he is a Mueunjae chaired professor at the Department of Chemistry, POSTECH. His contributions during the past 12 years as POSTCH faculty have been acknowledged by the publication of more than 130 peer-reviewed articles in the most important journals in his field, such as Nature Comm, Angew Chem, Adv. Mat., ACS Nano, Nano Lett, Small, and Biomaterials. He received KCS-Wiley Young Chemist Award (2011), Wiley-PSK Journal of Polymer Science Young Scientist Award (2012), KCS-Award for the Advancement of Science (2014), and PSK-Mid-career Researcher Academy Award (2015). He is an associate editor of newly launched journal “Nanotheranostics”, and editorial member of “Materials Today Chemistry”, and advisory board member of “Biomaterials Science”.

    Prof. Elżbieta Pamuła, AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland

    Elżbieta Pamuła is a full professor in biomaterials engineering at the AGH University of Science and Technology in Kraków, Poland. She was graduated in materials science and chemical technology and after earned PhD and habilitation in materials science. She was appointed as a post-doc at UCL, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, and as a visiting professor at the Sydney University. Her research group interests are focused on polymers processing into scaffolds and drug delivery systems, injectable and implantable bone substitutes and surface modification. She has published >100 ISI listed papers, 1 monograph, 6 book chapters and 8 patents. She was a Vice-Chair of 27th ESB Conference in 2015 and 4th ISBPPB Conference in 2018, both in Kraków. She actively participated in hundreds of international conferences on biomaterials, biomedical engineering and materials science, where she delivered numerous invited talks. She was a supervisor of 50 MSc, 25 Engineer and 10 PhD students, acted as a reviewer and panel member of hundreds grant applications in Polish and international founding agencies. In 2016 she was elected the President of Polish Society for Biomaterials.

    Prof. Qing Liu, Beijing Advanced Medical Technologies, China
    Dr. Liu is the President and CEO of Beijing Advanced Medical Technologies (AMT) and an adjunct Professor at Tongji University, Shanghai, China. Dr. Liu received his Ph.D. degree in biomaterials from Twente University (the Netherlands) in 1997 under the supervision of Professor C. A van Blitterswijk and Professor J. Feijen. He was a postdoctoral fellow from 1997-1999 in the Lab of Professor A. G. Mikos at Rice University in Houston. Dr. Liu has over 25 years of R&D experience in biomaterials and medical device. From 2002-2007, Dr. Liu served as Director of Biomaterials R&D at Celgene Corporation where he directed the stem cell and biomaterial combination product development programs. He co-founded 3D Biotek in 2007 and served as CEO/CSO. In 2011, he co-founded AMT to develop totally bioresorbable coronary and peripheral stents using proprietary 3D printing technologies.

    Prof. Feng Chen, Tongji University, China
    Dr. Feng Chen is a professor and principal investigator (PI) of Shanghai Tenth People’s Hospital and Advanced Institute of Translational Medicine of Tongji University. He obtained his Ph.D from the Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2014 and MS from Donghua University in 2008. Dr. Feng Chen started his academic career at Shanghai Institute of Ceramic, Chinese Academic of Science in 2008, and moved to Shanghai Tenth People’s Hospital in 2018. The aim of Chen’s research is to explore novel biomimetic materials and investigate their applications in biomedical field. His group have developed numerous techniques for the synthesis of biomimetic materials with controllable structures and functions. He has obtained 18 authorized patents, and published more than 100 papers which have been cited more than 4000 times (H-index 37). 

    Dr. Kyung Min Park, Incheon National University, Korea
    Dr. Kyung Min Park is an associate professor of the Department of Bioengineering and Nano-bioengineering at the Incheon National University, Republic of Korea. Dr. Park received his Ph.D. in the Molecular Science and Technology (MST) at Ajou University in 2012. After Ph.D., he pursued his post-doctoral training in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering (CHEMBE) at the Johns Hopkins University from 2012 to 2015. Finally, he joined the Incheon National University in 2015. His current research focuses on designing advanced hydrogel materials for a broad range of biomedical applications, including tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, and drug delivery as well as engineered healthy/disease models.

    Dr. Xin Zhao, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China

    Dr. Xin Zhao is an assistant professor at the Department of Biomedical Engineering, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong SAR, China. She obtained her PhD at University College London, UK and postdoc training at Harvard University, USA before joining PolyU. She is dedicated to Translational Regenerative Medicine, integrating multi-disciplinary approaches including material science, cell biology and medicine to modulate cell microenvironments, control cell behaviors and generate tissue-engineered organs, for addressing clinical issues. So far she has published >80 articles in leading journals including Chemical Reviews, Materials Today, Advanced Functional Materials, Angewandte Chemie International Edition, Biomaterials. She has successfully attracted grants as principal investigator from Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC), Health and Medical Research Fund (HMRF), Innovation and Technology Fund (ITF), National Science Foundation of China (NSFC), private company, etc. Moreover, she has edited a book, authored in 6 book chapters, and holds 5 national patents. She has also chaired sessions or delivered keynote speeches at >30 international conferences, worked as a founding editor for Engineered Regeneration, associate editor for Biointerface Research in Applied Chemistry, guest editor for Drug Discovery Today, Molecules, Polymers, and served as reviewer for PNAS, ACS Nano, Biomaterials, etc.

    Prof. Limin Zhu, Donghua University, China

    Professor of drug delivery materials and chemical biology, Distinguished Professor of Donghua University. Head, Group for Enzyme Chemistry and Drug Delivery Materials, College of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, Donghua University, Shanghai, P.R. China. He earned his PhD from University of Strathclyde in 1992 and worked in UK for 11 years as a lecturer first and a senior lecturer later after his PhD studies. He returned and worked in Donghua University since 2003. His research interests cover drug delivery materials, biological functional materials and textile delivery systems. He & his team authored over 200 peer-reviewed publications on the following research areas: nanotechnology and nano sciences; drug delivery materials and systems; biocatalysis & enzyme chemistry; research and development of textile delivery systems; research and development of therapeutic textiles. He and his team trained more than 100 MSc, PhD postgraduates and postdoctorals since he returned from UK in 2003.

    Prof. Aizheng Chen, Huaqiao University, China

    Dr. Chen received his Ph.D. degree in Biomedical Engineering from Sichuan University in 2007. After postdoctoral research at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University for two years, he joined Huaqiao University, where he is now a professor and vice dean of College of Chemical Engineering, and director of Institute of Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering. He also serves as a committee member of Chinese Society for Biomaterials, and the secretary-general of Chinese Society for Biomaterial-Composite Materials Branch. He was a visiting research professor for a year in Prof. Ali Khademhosseini Lab at Harvard medical school. He has been granted 7 National projects, and has published more than 100 peer-reviewed publications; His research interests are the application of biomaterials for drug delivery systems using supercritical fluid technology, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.

    Prof. Swee-Hin Teoh, Nanyang Technological University,  Singapore

    Professor Swee-Hin Teoh,  President’s Chair School of  Chemical and Biomedical Engineering and  Lee Kong  Chian School of  Medicine at  Nanyang Technological
    University (NTU) Singapore,  is known for  the clinical translation of  3D printed bioresorbable  scaffolds  for   bone  tissue  engineering.   This  device  has  FDA approval and  implanted in more  than 20,000 patients.  His pioneering  work in fracture and wear of  biomaterials is well recognized. He  has won a number of major  awards  such  as  the  “Golden  Innovation  Award”,  Far  East  Economic Review,  and  the   Institute  of  Engineers  Singapore  “Prestigious   Engineering Achievement   Award”  (2004).    Majoring   in   Materials  Engineering,   Monash University,  Melbourne, Australia,  his research  journey focused  on  translating the  materials  research  to  biomedical   benefits.  He  has  over  260  research publications  and  22  patents.  He  is  a  Fellow of  the  Academy  of  Engineers Singapore and  Chief Engineer at the  Skin Research Institute  of Singapore. Recently  he was awarded  a significant  grant  from  the  Ministry   of  Education  Singapore  to  develop  a  unique  bioreactor   with electromagnetic energy  to study  the effect on  bone growth.  His Web of  Science Citation  recorded is 8,815 and h-index is 48. He has also won numerous “Excellent Teaching Awards”.

    Prof. Seeram Ramakrishna, National University of Singapore, Singapore 
    Academician Seeram Ramakrishna is a professor at the National University of Singapore (NUS), which is ranked among the top 11 universities in the world. He is an elected Fellow of UK Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng); Singapore Academy of Engineering; Indian National Academy of Engineering; and ASEAN Academy of Engineering & Technology. He is a Highly Cited Researcher (Clarivate Analytics) and a World’s Most Influential Scientific Mind (Thomson Reuters). He co-authored ~ 1,000 SCI listed journal papers and eight books, which received ~100,000 citations and 148 H-index.  He is an editorial board member of NATURE Scientific Reports, Elsevier Journal Current Opinion in Biomedical Engineering, and Springer Nature Journal Adanced Fiber Materials.

    Prof. Chaozong Liu, University College London, UK 

    Chaozong Liu is a Professor of Orthopaedic Engineering, the programme leader of MSc in Musculoskeletal Science, and the group leader of UCL Orthopaedic Bioengineering Research Group within the Division of Surgery & Interventional Science University College London, in associate with the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital.Professor Liu’s current research is directed toward the biomaterials processing and development of enhanced medical devices for treating musculoskeletal disorders, tissue repair and regeneration.  This is a growing area of interest at UCL Surgical & Interventional Science. His research in this area is supported by Arthritis Research UK, Innovate UK, Horizon2020, EPSRC MeDe Innovation Centre and RoseTree Trusts, and from Fitzpatrick Referrals Ltd. He has developed a new osteochondral scaffold technology that is likely to have a strong potential in regeneration of bone and cartilage for early intervention of osteoarthritis. A glimpse of how this scaffold performs has been given, with promising results, by Professor Noel Fitzpatrick of the Channel 4 TV series Supervet, where it was implanted in a pet dog shoulder to treat a large osteochondral defect. His achievement in early treatment of osteoarthritis has recently been highlighted in Arthritis Toady (Nov 2017). The recent awards from Innovate UK-MoST and EU HORIZON2020 have significantly boosted his research in this field. The Versus Arthritis UK treatment sub-committee deemed the osteochondral scaffold “an exciting technology with the potential to provide a novel intervention for a large number of patients and potentially provide good value for money for the health services” (dated 24 Oct 2017), and awarded grant for first in man clinical trials which has started 01 October 2019 in the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital.

    Prof. Hitesh Handa,University of Georgia, USA
    Dr. Hitesh Handa is a faculty member in the School of Chemical, Materials and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Georgia.  Dr. Handa's area of focus is in translational research for development of medical device coatings, wound healing materials, therapeutic nanoparticles, and microfluidic artificial lungs.   This work in designing innovative materials and testing them in animal models has resulted in over 60 publications and 12 patent applications.  Hitesh’s work has been funded by NIH-R01, CDC, Department of Veteran Affairs, US Army, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, Geneva Foundation, and industrial grants. With his experience in biomolecular interactions, materials/surface science, polymeric coatings, blood-surface interactions and animal models, his goal is to bridge the gap between the engineers and clinical researchers in the field of biocompatible materials. 

    Prof. João Rodrigu,Universidade da Madeira, Portugal

    João Rodrigues is the Director of CQM-Centro de Química da Madeira a National Research Laboratory hosted by University of Madeira, Portugal. Since 2017, he belongs to the Scientific National Board of Exact Sciences and Engineering, of the Portuguese National Science Foundation. In the same year, he was appointed as Adjunct Professor at School of Materials Science and Engineering/, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an, China and was one of the founder members of the International Dendritic and Hyperbranched Polymer Application Innovation Center, China. He is, a visiting scientist in several universities abroad also serving as a referee for several peer-reviewed journals and grant applications for international funding agencies, consultant of companies and think-tanker on education and research matters related to cooperation between Portugal and China. His primary research interests are based on the design, synthesis, and characterization of molecular materials, namely, dendrimers, molecular wires, nanoparticles and polymers for biomedical applications (e.g., infectious diseases and oncology). He has authored 76 SCI indexed peer-reviewed journal articles (h-index = 25) in high impact journals, presented more than 30 invited talks and 120 other oral presentations worldwide. 

    Prof. Mark W. Grinstaff,  Boston University, Boston, USA

    Mark W. Grinstaff is the Distinguished Professor of Translational Research and a Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering, and Medicine at Boston University. Mark's awards include the ACS Nobel Laureate Signature Award, NSF Career Award, Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences, Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar, Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, the Edward M. Kennedy Award for Health Care Innovation, and the Clemson Award for Applied Research. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, the American Academy of Nanomedicine, and the Royal Chemical Society, and a Founding Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. Over the course of his tenure, Grinstaff’s groundbreaking research has yielded more than 350 peer-reviewed publications, more than 200 patents and patent applications. He is a co-founder of five companies and his innovative ideas and his efforts have also led to one new FDA approved pharmaceutical and four medical device products that improve clinical care for millions of people. His current research activities involve the synthesis of new macromolecules and biomaterials, drug delivery, and wound repair.

    Prof. Elizabeth Brisbois, University of Central Florida, USA 

    Dr. Brisbois is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at the University of Centeral Florida and a member of the Biionix Cluster.  She received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Michigan and completed her postdoctral training in the University of Michigan Department of Surgery.  Dr. Brisbois’ translational research focuses on developing antimicrobial, antithrombotic, and antiinflammatory polymeric biomaterials for a wide range of biomedical applications such as insulin pump systems, catheters, and extracorporeal circulation.  Throughout her academic career she has been awarded with funding from NIH and JDRF as well as several honors including a UCF AECR award, NIH F32 Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship, a career development award from the Michigan Institue for Clinical & Health Research, 2016 Baxter Inc. Young Investigator Award, and University of Michgan Department of Chemistry Research Excellence Fellowship.

    Prof. Jinbo Yin, Shanghai University, China 

    Prof. Jingbo Yin received her Ph.D. degree from National University of Kazakhstan, Kazakhstan, in 1995. She and her team have committed to the synthesis and application of biomaterials in medical field. They take the lead in carrying out the research about the application of polypeptides in tissue engineering. Currently, they have developed seveal kinds of biomaterials, including polypeptides-based scaffold, micro-carrier, hydrogel and other materials, to regenerate articular cartilage, fat, meniscus and bone. She has presided over 17 projects including the sub-projects supported by the Ministry of Science and Technology, 863 National Level 2 Projects, National Natural Science Foundation of China, Shanghai Municipal Science and Technology Commission Key Projects,etc. She has published more than 100 papers in Biomaterials、ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces、Journal of Materials Chemistry B、Acta Biomaterialia、Biomacromolecules, etc. H-index is 27. She has 20 authorized Chinese invention patents and edited a book. Now she is the member of Chinese Society for Biomaterials, Chinese Society for Biomaterials of biomedical polymer committee, Chinese Society for Biomaterials of bone repair and instrumentation committee, and the Shanghai Society of biomedical engineering biomaterials Committee. 

    Prof. Santosh Aryal,  Kansas State University, USA

    Dr. Aryal is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, with a joint appointment at the Nanotechnology Innovation Center of Kansas States (NICKS). Dr. Aryal is also an affiliated member of Johnson Cancer Research Center at K-State. After the completion of his graduate studies in Bionanosystem Engineering from Chonbuk National University, Republic of Korea, he started his postdoc career in the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and the University of California, San Diego. In 2012, he joined Houston Methodist Research Institute (HMRI) where he continued his research in biomimetic nanomedicine design and evaluation using xenografts models. His research activities are centralized in the broader spectrum of nanomedicine in which he utilizes bio-component, polymers, and metals to engineer nanostructures. His expertise includes surface modification of nanomaterials, wet chemical synthesis of inorganic and organic nanoparticles, and evaluation of nanomaterials in a preclinical animal model. His research studies are focused on the in-vitro/in-vivo characterization of nanoparticle-based delivery systems for imaging and drug/gene delivery. He joined K-State in 2014, where he along with his collegues implemented nanomedicine course for graduate students and coordinates a research group of 10 peoples comprises graduate, postdoc, and undergraduate students and research assistant. To date, he has published over more than 75 research article, holds 4 patents, and presented at over 70 national/international conferences. 

    Prof. Hu Yang, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA
    Dr. Hu Yang is Professor of Chemical and Life Science Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Pharmaceutics, and the holder of Qimonda Endowed Chair of Engineering at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). He is a member of VCU Massey Cancer Center. Dr. Yang’s research is centered on molecular engineering of dendrimers for drug and gene delivery in the applications of cancer therapy, atherosclerosis and glaucoma.  Dr. Yang received Wallace Coulter Young Investigator Award in 2009 and NSF CAREER Award in 2010. His research has resulted in more than 80 peer-reviewed articles published in journals such as Nano Letters, ACS Nano, Biomaterials, Journal of Controlled Release, Macromolecules, and Biomacromolecules. He is Associate Editor of Materials Express and serves on the editorial board for Journal of Biological Engineering, Int. J. Polymeric Materials and Polymeric Biomaterials, and Smart Materials in Medicine.

    Prof. Maria Chatzinikolaidou, University of Crete, Greece

    Dr. Maria Chatzinikolaidou is an Associate Professor in Biomaterials and Bioengineering at the Department of Materials Science and Technology, University of Crete ( and affiliated faculty member at the Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH). Her research interests focus on the development of biomaterials and scaffolds for tissue engineering applications including bone, dental, cardiovascular and dermal, and the validation of their in vitro and in vivo biocompatibility. Dr. Chatzinikolaidou is actively involved in several competitive national and international projects, is author of 60 publications in international peer-reviewed journals, 4 book chapters, 120 peer-reviewed conference abstracts and inventor of 4 patents on osteoinductive implants. She is co-organizer of numerous national and international conferences. She was elected member of the Executive Board of the Hellenic Society for Biomaterials and served 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 (1000 participants), and Program Chair of the TERMIS-EU 2019 conference hold in Rhodes (1360 participants), Greece.  

    Prof. Wen Zeng, MD, Army Medical University, China

    Dr. Wen Zeng is associate director of the Human Anatomy Department of army medical university(AMU), National key cultivation discipline, and associate director of Department of Neurology, Southwest Hospital of AMU. Vascular tissue Engineering Center of the National Local Joint Engineering Laboratory.Dr. Wen Zeng is the National Science Fund for Excellent Young Scholar acquirer, chief scientist of National Key Research and Development Plan Young Scientists Program. Dr. Wen Zeng was selected into the Young Elite Scientists Sponsorship Program by Cast, approved as Army Science and Technology Talent training object. Our group studies stem cell and cardiovascular tissue engineering. We have a longstanding interest in basic and translational research on tissue engineering blood vessels. We constructed anti-thrombosis and intimal hyperplasia tissue engineered blood vessels hrough the intelligent design with bio-materials to regulate the energy metabolism of cells and micro-environment. We found the regulatory effect and mechanism of neurotrophic factor on building steady state and reconstruction of engineering vessels firstly. 1 national invention paten has been obtained and 4 national invention patents have been applied for. More than 20 SCI papers have been published, of which more than 10 have been published by first authors or corresponding authors in high-level magazines such as ACS Nano, Advanced Science, Biomaterials. And we completed the formulation of GMP process parameters of bioartificial blood vessels, bioartificial cornea and so on, NMPA registration test and preclinical safety and effectiveness evaluation, and entered the clinical trial through the approval of the national NMPA.

    Prof. Lu Wang, Donghua University, China

    Dr. WANG Lu graduated with BSc and MSc in textile engineering from Donghua University, Shanghai, China, and was awarded a Ph.D. in biomedical textile at ENSITM of University of Haute-Alsace, Mulhouse, France. She has been serving as a professor in Textiles Engineering and Biomedical Textiles in Donghua University since 2003. Her main research interests include functional design, forming and evaluation of biomedical textile materials and devices. She has been responsible of a number of research projects, including “Biomedical Textile Science and Technology, 111 project 2.0” of Ministry of Science and Technology (B07024), The National Key R&D Program of China (2018YFC1106201), as well as dozens of industrial co-projects. She also has been involved in several international cooperation projects, including EU Asia-link project, American NSF project. She has been published 93 Chinese invention patents (64 awarded), more than 210 scientific papers as well as 7 books as a co-editor and/or contributing author. She has gotten 6 Science and Technology Progress Prizes and 7 Education Prizes awarded by provincial government. She has extensive experience in biomedical textile production and close relationship with industries.

    Prof. Meital Zilberman, Tel Aviv University, Isreal

    Prof. Zilberman holds an appointment of Professor with tenure at the Department of  Biomedical Engineering of Tel Aviv University, Israel, and she is the president of the Israel Society for Medical and Biological Engineering (ISMBE) since 2015. She received her B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering (Cum Laude) and her M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Materials Engineering from the Technion in Israel. She then continued as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of  Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, and then joined Tel-Aviv University. Prof. Zilberman's research interests are polymeric biomaterials, tissue engineering, biodegradable active implants and controlled drug release. She has published more than 100 peer reviewed articles in the top Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering journals, contributed more than 200 presentations (including invited talks and plenary lectures) and serves on the editorial board of several Biomaterials and Polymeric Materials journals. Among her prizes and awards are the prestigious Journal of Wound Care (JWC) first place world innovation award, and the JULUDAN prize, which recognizes outstanding scientific research achievements to enhance man's welfare and prolong human life. 

    Dr. Munmaya Mishra, ENCAPCR LLC, USA

    Munmaya Mishra, Ph.D., is a polymer scientist who has worked in the industry for more than 30 years. He has been engaged in research, management, technology innovations, and product development. He has founded the company Encapcr, LLC and serves as the head and principal consultant. He is a strategic innovation leader who approaches science from a business mindset turning ideas into consumer products. He has authored / coauthored over hundreds of scientific journal articles, is the author / editor of 9 books, and holds over 80 US granted patents, over 75 US patent-pending applications, and over 200 world patents. He has received numerous recognitions and awards. He is the editor-in-chief of the recently published 11-volume "Encyclopedia of Biomedical Polymers and Polymeric Biomaterials" and the "Encyclopedia of Polymer Applications." He has contributed immensely to multiple aspects of polymer applications, including encapsulation and controlled release technologies. Currently he serves as the Editor-in-Chief of three Taylor & Francis’ renowned polymer journals ("International Journal of Polymeric Materials and Polymeric Biomaterials" -; "Polymer-Plastics Technology & Materials"; and "Designed Monomers & Polymers"). He founded the "International Society of Biomedical Polymers and Polymeric Biomaterials" as well as a scientific meeting titled Advanced Polymers via Macromolecular Engineering, which has gained international recognition and is under the sponsorship of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry.

    Prof. Seema Agarwal,University of Bayreuth, Germany

    Prof. Seema Agarwal Works at University of Bayreuth as academic director and professor with research interest in synthesis of functional speciality polymers, processing methods and nanostructures. She has more than 200 peer-reviewed publications. She is Alexander von Humboldt fellow and got Hermann-Schnell award of German Chemical Society. She is the chief-editor of e-Polymers

    Prof. Archana Bhaw-Luximon, University of Mauritius, Mauritius 

    Dr Bhaw-Luximon is an associate professor in Center for Biomedical and Biomaterials Research (CBBR), University of Mauritius. She leads the Biomaterials, Drug Delivery and Nanotechnology Unit at CBBR. The main focus of the Unit is on the use of biomaterials from land and marine resources to engineer nano-enabled scaffolds for tissue regeneration. The Unit is involved in the complete product development pipeline from biomaterials selection to scaffold conception to in vitro/in vivo testing and finally clinical trial.The aim is for nanoscaffolds to reach clinical application especially in addressing diabetic wound healing and skeletal tissue regeneration targeting the aging population and post-operative cancer regenerative medicine. The Unit also houses the first University of Mauritius, Pole of Innovation for Health – Mauritius Research and Innovation Council and EU funded. The research Unit is the National Focal point for Nanotechnology and is highly involved in community outreach activities in promoting STEM education both with secondary schools students and teachers. Archana is a Visiting Professor, Zhejiang Sci-Tech University, Hangzhou, PR China, for the period 2018-2021. She was awarded the Merck Best African Woman Researcher Award, November 2017.

    Prof. Ng Kee Woei, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

    Prof. Ng Kee Woei was one of the first to be awarded the National Science Scholarships – Local Graduate Scholarship (PhD) by the Agency for Science Technology and Research (A*STAR) in Singapore. In 2010, he began his tenure-track Assistant Professor position at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), and was promoted to the position of Associate Professor with tenure in 2015. A/Prof Ng’s research interests are highly interdisciplinary in nature. In the area of biomaterials development, he is recognized for developing novel human hair keratin based platforms for various applications, including tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. His group has now developed the expertise to extract and process human hair keratins into various 2D and 3D templates including coatings, gels, sponges and electrospun mats. This are being explored for a range of biomedical applications such as skin regeneration, tendon repair, RPE cell delivery and bio-inks for 3D printing. In the area of sustainable nanotechnology, he is interested in understanding the implications of exposure to engineered nanomaterials in various scenarios. Through understanding of nanomaterial behaviour and interactions, his group targets to develop nanotechnologies that are safe to use for both humans and the environment. A/Prof Ng is currently the Program Director of the NTU-Harvard School of Public Health Initiative for Sustainable Nanotechnology (NTU-Harvard SusNano), and the Deputy Director of the Environmental Chemistry & Materials Centre at the Nanyang Environment and Water Research Institute (ECMC-NEWRI). In addition, A/Prof Ng currently serves as a member of the Technical Committee on Nanotechnology within the Chemical Standards Committee commissioned by Enterprise SG. In 2016, A/Prof Ng was elected as the Treasurer of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society – Asia Pacific Chapter (TERMIS-AP).

    Prof. Tetsuji YAMAOKA, National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center, Japan 

    Prof. Tetsuji YAMAOKA is a director of Department of Biomedical Engineering of National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center Research Institute (Osaka, Japan).   He is Japanese Delegate for the International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering (IUS-BSE) and member of editorial board of Journal of Artificial Organs, Regenerative Therapy, BioMed Research International, and Journal of Biomedical Materials Research.   He is vice President of Japanese Society for Biomaterials (JSB) and hosted 40th anniversary annual meeting of JSB in Kobe on November 2018, and is now preparing a Joint Symposium of JSB and Society for Biomaterials (SFB) in Hawaii on December 2020 and Asia Biomaterials Congress in conjunction with 43rd annual meeting of JSB in Nagoya on November 2021. He has published more than 400 publications, review, books, and patent and received the Award of Japanese Society for Biomaterials (2010), the Award of the Society of Fiber Science and Technology Japan (2011), and so on. His recent research interest is especially focusing on both of the bio-derived and synthetic biodegradable materials, especially acellular tissue as cardiovascular biomaterials.

    Prof. Fuke Wang, National University of Singapore, Singapore

    Dr. FuKe Wang is a Senior Research Scientist at Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE) and Adjunct Professor at National University of Singapore. He is also co-founder of Star3D Materials Development Company (Singapore) Pte Ltd and Applied CHEMSG Pte Ltd. He is a graduate of National University of Singapore, where he received a PhD in Chemistry Materials and worked at University of California at Santa Barbara and University of Oklahoma as postdoctoral researcher. In 2010, he joined IMRE and started to work as principal investigator, focusing on the research on polymer nanocomposites, functional polymers and 3D printing technologies development. Currently, He had published more than 60 papers on international journals and holds more than 20 patents and know-how in new manufacturing technologies and new materials.

    Prof. Minglin Ma, Cornell University, USA

    Minglin Ma is an Associate Professor at the Biological and Environmental Engineering Department of Cornell University. He received his BS degree from Tsinghua University and PhD from MIT, both in Chemical Engineering. Prior to joining Cornell in 2013, he worked as a Lead Scientist at General Electric Global Research Center and as a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Robert Langer’s laboratories at MIT Koch Institute. He has published near 60 papers on journals such as Science, PNAS, Nature Materials, Nature Biotechnology, Nature Immunology and Nature Communications. His current research interest is to develop advanced biomaterials for agricultural and biomedical applications. He has obtained over 10 million dollar research funding in the past 6 years, aiming to develop a cell replacement therapy for type 1 diabetes. His work has been recognized by a number of awards including American Diabetes Association Junior Faculty Award, 3M Nontenured Faculty Award, Hartwell Foundation Individual Biomedical Research Award, Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering Young Innovator Award, BMES Advanced Biomanufacturing Junior Investigator Award, the Fiber Society Distinguished Achievement Award and two Teaching Excellence awards from Cornell University.

    Prof. Iza Radecka, University of Silesia, Poland
    Iza completed her PhD in the Department of Biochemistry, University of Silesia, Poland.  She joined the University of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom in September 2000. Since then she has continued her research into the production of biodegradable polymers from bacteria. Her research is focused on the cost-effective production of novel bio-based polymeric materials from waste. Iza has published numerous research papers in highly ranked scientific journals, authored several chapters in biotechnological books. She has also given a broad number of invited lectures at international conferences. Iza successfully supervised 16 PhD students, she also teaches on a wide variety of microbiology and biotechnology courses, both undergraduate and postgraduate level where she puts her knowledge and experience to good effect.

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