US / China Workshop: Regulation, Standards, and Innovation IV

Wednesday, April 5; 8:00am - 12:00pm

The workshop is a continuation to the series that began in SFB 2013 to promote discussions between innovation, testing, standards, and regulation for medical devices and biomaterials between US and China. The session will encompass presentations on the topic of regulation, standards, and innovations between the two nations by opinion leaders from academia, regulatory bodies, and industry. The workshop will serve as a forum for discussions in developing a medical device from conception to commercialization between the two countries.

Workshop 1: Biomacromolecular and Cellular Carriers Breaking through Biological Barriers

Wednesday, April 5; 8:00am - 10:00am

Biomacromolecules and “living” cells are being extensively studied as new generation of medicine that can potentially cure a series of chronic and malignant diseases. However, efficacy of molecular and cell therapies is significantly reduced by limited biotransportation through tissue barriers (e.g., blood- brain barrier, epithelium) or biofilms formed by infection within wounds. Therefore, this workshop is going to bring experts in these fields, hear past and current strategies to overcome these barriers using advanced biomaterial systems, and further discuss future directions that can take the quality of molecular and cell delivery to a next level.

Workshop 2: Recent Advances in 3D Printing of Biomaterials

Wednesday, April 5; 10:00am - 12:00pm

Industrial and academic researchers have recently examined the use of 3D printing technologies to overcome the limitations associated with conventional manufacturing processes. These technologies involve 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 3: Practical Design of Materials: Communicating Across the Gap between Academia, Industry and Clinic

Wednesday, April 5; 10:00am - 12:00pm

The Biomaterials Expert (e. g., Biomedical Engineer, Chemical Engineer, Synthetic Chemist, etc) speaks a language nearly entirely different than the language spoken by the end user (e. g., a Spine Surgeon, Neurosurgeon, Orthopedic Surgeon, etc).   This creates a gulf which can impede in the design of novel materials and implants.   For example, the Biomaterials expert thinks in terms of strength of materials, porosity, modulus, surface hydrophobicity, polymer degradability, biocompatibility etc. while the Spine Surgeon thinks in terms of implant dimensions, fusion rates, expense, ease of use in the operating room, and complication rates.  The Product Development person thinks in terms of practical upscale, production, and marketing.  Successful design requires the language be translated so that appropriate questions and needs can be ascertained and met.  In this workshop, a speaker from the realms of Academic, Industry, and Clinic will discuss and demonstrate how to communicate across specialties while discussing a novel biomaterial scaffold.