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Monday October 6, 2014 at 8:00 AM EDT
Tuesday October 7, 2014 at 5:00 PM EDT

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Heldrich Hotel 
10 Livingston Ave
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

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Louli Kourkounakis 
NJ Center for Biomaterials 
Program Committee

Joachim Kohn, PhD
Rutgers, The State University of New   
Jersey - Chair

Treena Arinzeh, PhD
New Jersey Institute of Technology

Christopher Chen, MD, PhD
Boston University

Valerie Horsely, PhD
Yale University

Bozena Michniak-Kohn, PhD
Rutgers - The State University of NJ

Hilton Kaplan, MBBCh, PhD
NJ Center for Biomaterials

Lauren Macri, PhD
NJ Center for Biomaterials

Joseph Rosen, MD
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center


The 12th New Jersey Symposium on Biomaterials Science - From Synthetic Polymers to ECM and Decellularized Tissues

The year 2014 marks the 12th edition of the New Jersey Symposium on Biomaterials Science. This year’s event will address the universe of biomaterials from synthetic polymers to processed natural tissues, and their development into new medical products. This biennial event held in New Brunswick, NJ is regarded as the premier regional meeting on Biomaterials.


DAY 1 - October 6

Morning (9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
Opening Plenary Session- The Universe of Bioactive Materials
Welcome and Introduction:

Joachim Kohn, Rutgers- "The Universe of Bioactive Materials"
Molly Shoichet, University of Toronto- "Designer Hydrogels for 3D Culture and Transplantaion"
Jennifer Lewis, Harvard University- " 3D Bioprinting of Vascularized, Heterogenous Cell-Laden Tissue Constructs"

Chair: Joseph Rosen, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Lunch (12:00 - 2:00 p.m.) - Lunch, Posters and Exhibits


Parallel Session (2:00 - 3:30 p.m.)
Parallel 2a- Fundamentals of Cell-Material Interactions
Christopher Chen, Boston University- "A Materials Approach to Studying Vascularization"
Michael Sefton, University of Toronto- "The Magic of an Angiogenic MAA Containing Biomaterial"
Prabhas Moghe, Rutgers University- "Predicting Cell Fateon Biomaterials"

Chair: Robert A. Latour, Clemson University

Parallel 2b- Clinical Applications of Novel Materials
Ashutosh Goel, Rutgers University- "Alkali-free Bioactive Glasses for Bone Tissue Engineering"
Kurt Pricer, J&J Sterilization Group- "TBA"
Menas Vratsanos, Intertek, "Solving Materials Development Challenges Through Engineering Findamentals"

Parallel 3a- Animal Models for Regenerative Medicine
Scott Guelcher, Vanderbilt University- "Development of Injectable and Settable Composite Bone Void FIllers"
Douglas Smith, University of Pennsylvania- "Living Extension Cords to Repair the Nervous System"
Pamela Yelick, Tufts University- "Materials Challenges in Tooth Regeneration"

Parallel Session (4:00 - 5:30 p.m.)
Parallel 3b- Advances in Fabrication Technologies
Curtis Cetrulo, Massachusetts General Hospital- "Testing Immunosuprressing Nanospheres in a Preclinical Model of Vascularized Composite Allotransplantation"
Hilton Kaplan, Rutgers University- "TBA"
Elizabeth Pluhar, University of Minnesota- "Large Animal Model of a Critical Sized Defect That Allows Discrimination Among Grafting Materials"

Dinner Banquet (6:15 - 8:45 p.m.)
Awards Ceremony
Dinner Speaker- Wise Young, Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience, Rutgers University- "Running Clinical Trials for Spinal Cord Injury Therapies in the US and China: Differences and Lessons Learned" 

DAY 2 - October 7

Industry Breakfast
Dave Devore, Rutgers University- "TBA"

Parallel Session (9:00 - 10:30 a.m.)
Parallel 4a- Materials for Tissue Engineering Scaffolds
Charles Gatt, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School- Tissue Engineering Strategies for Knee Joint Preservation"
Elizabeth Loboa, North Carolina State University- Tissue Engineering in the Age of Multi-Drug Resistant Bacteria"
Cathryn Sundback, Massachusetts General Hospital- Biomimetic Scaffold Materials for TIssue Engineering Application" 

Parallel 4b-  Innovative Materials for Drug Delivery and Regenerative Medicine
Marcus Cicerone, NIST- "Rapid, Label-Free Spectroscopic Imaging of Cells and TIssues"
Teja Guda, University of Texas at San Antonio- "Computed Tomography Imaging for Translational Tissue Engineering" 
Matthew Becker, University of Akron "Characterization Platforms for Biomaterials" 

Parallel Session (11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)
Parallel 5a-  ECM and Decellularized Tissues as Engineered Materials
Nathaniel Bachrach, LifeCell- "
Native Extracellular Matrix - A Paradigm for Translatable Regenerative Medicine"
Mohit Bhatia, Celgene Cellular Therapeutics- "Commercializing Tissue Based Products: Issues and Strategies"
Jean Schwarzbauer, Princeton University- "Oriented Assembly of Extracellular Matrix Fibers"

Parallel 5b-  Nanotechnology for Drug Delivery
Miroslawa El Fray, West Pomeranian University- The Potential of Fatty Acid Derived Innovative Polymers for Antimicrobial Coatings"
Abraham Joy, University of Akron- A Library of Polyesters and Polyurethanes with 'Peptide-Like'  Pendant Functional Groups: A New Family of Polymers for Drug Delivery and Regenerative Medicine"
Charles Roth, Rutgers University- Overcoming Systemic and Cellular Barriers to Oligonucleotide Delivery" 

Lunch (12:30 - 2:30 p.m.) - Lunch, Posters and Exhibits

Afternoon (2:30 - 5:30 p.m.)
Closing Plenary Session- Scientific Breakthroughs Towards Translation of Biomaterials - Based Therapies
Mahendra Rao, New York Stem Cell Institute- "When Cells Are Not Enough - Combination Therapy and Issues with Translation"
Elazer Edelman, Harvard-MIT- "TBA"
Laura Niklason, Yale University- "Progress in Vascular and Lung Engineering"
Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, Columbia University- "Engineering Human Tissues"

Murty Vyakarnam, Lubrizol

***Please note that there is an additional fee for the banquet on Day 1, which can be paid when registering.***

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