Pre-Meeting Workshops

Workshop 1: Biomaterials Science Excellence and Technology Translation Workshop Wednesday, April 3 @ 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.. $50
Workshop 2: New Directions in Biomedical Surface Analysis Wednesday, April 3 @ 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.. $50
Workshop 3: Recent Advances in 3D Printing of Biomaterials Wednesday, April 3 @ 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon $50
Workshop 4: Active Biomatter Wednesday, April 3 @ 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon $50
Workshop 5: Communication and Networking for Biomaterials Professionals Wednesday, April 3 @ 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon $0
TOUR: University of Washington 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Lunch Provided, limited to first 50 registrants) $25

Workshop 1: Biomaterials Science Excellence and Technology Translation Workshop: Biomaterials Science has gained increasing importance at the forefront of interdisciplinary research and undoubtedly the advance of biomaterial science will have great impact on the health and economy development. This workshop, co-sponsored/organized by (Oversea) Chinese Association for Biomaterials (CAB), includes invited presentations/lectures from global biomaterial leaders and rising mid-career/young investigators in biomaterials science and a panel discussion to discuss biomaterial innovation, international collaboration, venture investment, company startups, intellectual property, and other key elements en route to successful biomaterial technology translation. The panelists consist of investors, business attorneys, faculty entrepreneurs, and industrial leaders. It is expected the workshop will attract a significant number of international participants, especially from Asian countries and Australia, partly due to the meeting venue on the west coast. This workshop is a platform where biomaterial excellence finds exit to technology translation and a networking opportunity for friendship and collaboration with oversea Chinese-American/Chinese faculty, students, and thought leaders in the field. 

Workshop 2: New Directions in Biomedical Surface Analysis: Biomedical surface analysis has undergone significant and numerous advances in the past 35 years in terms of improved instrumentation, introduction of new techniques, development of sophisticated data analysis methods, and the increasing complexity of samples analyzed.  Comprehensive analysis of biomedical surfaces, surface immobilized biomolecules and biological materials with modern surface analysis instrumentation provides an unprecedented level of detail about samples.  This workshop will provide an overview of the impact of surface analysis on biomaterial research and development along with latest developments and challenges in this field. Examples will show how multi-technique analysis with techniques such as x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry and sum frequency generation vibrational spectroscopy, combined with advanced multivariate data analysis methods, can provide detailed information about the surface structure and composition of biomaterials and their interactions with biomolecules.  Application areas will range from biomedical devices and nanoparticles to 3D imaging of cells and tissues.

Workshop 3: Recent Advances in 3D Printing of Biomaterials: Industrial and academic researchers have recently examined the use of 3D printing technologies to overcome the limitations associated with conventional manufacturing processes. These technologies involved fabrication of three-dimensional structures through additive joining of materials in a layer-by-layer manner. This workshop will review recent developments in 3D printing technologies for processing biomaterials into artificial tissues as well as biosensors, drug delivery devices, and medical instruments. Several topics related to 3D printing, including processing of radiographic images, development of computer models, novel 3D printing technologies, and novel materials for use in 3D printing, will be discussed. This workshop will create collaboration and discussion among the many groups involved in the development and use of 3D printing technologies, including biomaterials engineers, medical device manufacturers, and clinicians. We anticipate that this workshop will facilitate future research activities, including industry-university collaborations, involving 3D printing of biomaterials for use in medicine, surgery, and dentistry.

Workshop 4: Active Biomatter:  In general, active matter encompasses any natural or synthetic materials, which are at a non-equilibrium state and exhibit autonomous machinery activities (e.g., propulsion, pumping, actuation, transformation) in response to external stimuli in spontaneous manner. These materials are considered as a promising candidates for future biomaterials and are increasingly garnering attention in biomedical studies. To date, however, only piecewise research activities have been reported and few attempts have been made to put experts together and discuss a strategy to catalyze the use of active matter in biological applications. Therefore, this workshop may offer a good opportunity to allow a new generation of trainees and researchers in biomaterials to witness current advancements and future perspectives in active biomaterials.

Workshop 5: Communication and Networking for Biomaterials Professionals: Early career scientists need to develop effective techniques for communicating the implications of their scientific results and "branding" their science to a wide array of audiences. Seeing that effective science communication is not traditionally a part of PhD and postdoctoral training, we seek to provide an opportunity for early career scientists to develop their oral and written communication skills through a variety of hands-on group activities, including: (1) impromptu 1-minute "pop-talk" oral presentations, (2) techniques on how to build your personal brand as a scientist, and (3) effective networking strategies. Our goal is to equip the next generation of biomaterials engineers with effective communication skills so they may disseminate their research findings to a myriad of different audiences and promote scientific discourse in the public space. 

TOUR: University of Washington Tour:  Graduate students and faculty will guide attendees on a tour on several of the Biomaterials Labs at the University of Washington (UW), including the NESAC/BIO surface analysis and the Molecular Analysis instrumentation facilities. The tour will feature hands-on demonstrations from the UW Bioengineering Department, Chemical Engineering Department and the Molecular Engineering and Science Institute (MolES). Box lunches will be provided, giving time for attendees to interact with biomaterials-oriented students and faculty from the UW.  Buses will start to load at 9:00 am from the Weston Hotel Lower Lobby and return by 12:30pm