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Materials for Tissue Engineering International Symposium

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8:30 am - 5:15 pm

Paraninfo de la Facultad de Ciencia y Tecnología


Welcome to the Materials for Tissue Engineering International Symposium.

Presently, there is a major need for human tissues and organs to reduce the ever growing organ donor waiting lists. A breakthrough solution for this problem would be to fabricate artificial human tissue and organs. Tissue engineering seeks to regenerate damaged tissue by growing cells from a patient on porous scaffold materials. These biomaterials are used as templates to guide the growth of new tissue to obtain 3D engineered constructs that can be used for a diverse range of applications, not only for tissue or organ regeneration but also for drug testing.

According to Grand View Research, Inc., the global tissue engineering market is expected to reach 9,773 million euros by 2022. This fact means a great opportunity for companies and research institutions to move into this rapidly growing research field.

Don’t miss your opportunity to attend this one-day symposium, where world experts will describe the functional requirements of materials used in tissue engineering and highlight their recent and ongoing research on this exciting topic. I am happy to announce that thanks to our sponsors BC Materials and Bizkaia Talent, the registration is totally free of charge.

We will be live-tweeting at #MTEsymposium

I hope to see you there.

Eneko Axpe, Ph.D. (University of Cambridge)

Head of the Organising Committee of the Materials for Tissue Engineering International Symposium


Download the program (PDF)

8:30 Check-in
8:45 Welcome and openning
Esther Domínguez, Ph.D., Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology, University of the Basque Country – UPV/EHU (Spain)

9:00 Introduction to materials for tissue engineering
Eneko Axpe, Ph.D., Research Associate, University of Cambridge (UK)

9:25 Three-dimensional (3D) cell encapsulation for therapeutic purposes
Gorka Orive, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of the Basque Country – UPV/EHU (Spain)

10:00 Plasmonic nanomaterials for biodetection and manipulation of adherent cells
Luis M. Liz-Marzán, Ph.D., Ikerbasque Research Professor and Scientific Director at CIC biomaGUNE (Spain)
10:45 Coffee break, sponsored by Bizkaia Talent
11:15 Biomaterial physical properties in disease and regeneration
Amaia Cipitria, Ph.D., Group Leader, Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces (Germany)

12:00 Polymer capsules functionalized with tannic acid to prevent oxidative stress and modulate extracellular matrix activity in an in vitro inflammation model of nucleus pulposus
Aitor Larranaga, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Researcher, POLYMAT and University of the Basque Country – UPV/EHU (Spain)

12:30 Tissue engineering: the present and future of a customised medicine
Angela Lizarazo, Project Manager, Osteophoenix SL (Spain and Colombia)
13:00 Networking lunch
14:00 Engineering the cartilage microenvironment: structural, electrostatic and osmotic contributions
Giovanni Offeddu, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA)

14:45 Electroactive microenvironments for tissue engineering applications
Senentxu Lanzeros-Mendez, Ph.D., Ikerbasque Research Professor, BC Materials (Spain)
15:30 Coffee break, sponsored by Bizkaia Talent
16:00 Supramolecular materials: from fundamentals to advanced healthcare solutions
Eric A. Appel, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Stanford University (USA)

17:00 Synthesis and Close
Jose Manuel Barandiaran, Ph.D., Scientific Director at BC Materials (Spain)
17:15 Doors close

Classroom: All sessions will be held at the Paraninfo in the Zientzia eta Teknologia Fakultatea.

Coffee breaks and lunch: Refreshments and lunch will be available for registered attendees.

Internet Access: eduroam network is available in all the UPV/EHU installations.

Twitter: Live tweet at #MTEsymposium.

Questions: Prior to the event, please contact (registration is free but places are limited). During the conference, please direct all questions to a BC Materials staff member, available all day at the check-in desk.


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