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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 - Bioactive Scaffolds 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:

Robert Barchi, Rutgers- The State University of New Jersey - Opening Remarks
Joachim Kohn, Rutgers- The State University of New Jersey- "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"
Christopher Chen, Boston University- "The Inextricable Links Between Adhesion and Mechanics at Cell-material Interfaces"

Joachim Kohn, Rutgers- The State University of New Jersey

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
Robert A. Latour, Clemson University- "
Beyond Nanotechnology--Biomaterials Design at the Atomistic Level Through Molecular Simulation"
Michael Sefton, University of Toronto- "The Magic of an Angiogenic MAA Containing Biomaterial"
Prabhas Moghe, Rutgers- The State University of New Jersey- "Predicting Cell Fateon Biomaterials"

Chair: Kathryn Uhrich, Rutgers- The State University of New Jersey

Parallel 2b- Advances in Fabrication Technologies
Ashutosh Goel, Rutgers- The State University of New Jersey- "Alkali-free Bioactive Glasses for Bone Tissue Engineering"
Menas Vratsanos, Intertek, "Solving Materials Development Challenges Through Engineering Findamentals"
Kurt Pricer, J&J Sterilization Group- "Introduction to Industrial Sterilization"

Chair: Miroslawa El Fray, West Pomeranian University

Parallel Session (4:00 - 5:30 p.m.)

Parallel 3a- Clinical Applications of Novel Materials
Douglas SmithUniversity of Pennsylvania- "Living Extension Cords to Repair the Nervous System"
Scott Guelcher
, Vanderbilt University- "Development of Injectable and Settable Composite Bone Void FIllers"
Pamela Yelick, Tufts University- 
"Current Progress in Craniofacial Tissue Engineering"

Chair: David Shreiber, Rutgers- The State University of New Jersey 

Parallel 3b- Animal Models for Regenerative Medicine
Elizabeth Pluhar, University of Minnesota- "Large Animal Model of a Critical Sized Defect That Allows Discrimination Among Grafting Materials"
Curtis Cetrulo
, Massachusetts General Hospital- "Testing Immunosuprressing Nanospheres in a Preclinical Model of Vascularized Composite Allotransplantation"
Hilton Kaplan, Rutgers, The State University of New Jerseyy- "Selecting Appropriate Animal Models: In-vivo Data That Translates"

Chair: Robert Harris, Rutgers- The State University of New Jersey

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

DAY 2 - October 7

Morning (7:30 - 8:45 a.m.)
Industry Breakfast
Dave Devore, Rutgers University- "Industrial Strategic Alliance"

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

Chair: Murat Guvendiren- Rutgers- The State University of New Jersey

Parallel 4b-  Innovative Imaging and Characterization
Marcus Cicerone, National Institute of Standards and Technology- "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 "Building Blood Vessels de novo Using Characterization-enabled Strategies" 

Chair: Michael Jaffe, NJIT

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

Chair: Treena Livingston Arinzeh- NJIT

Parallel 5b-  Innovative Materials for Drug Delivery and Regenerative Medicine
Abraham Joy, University of Akron- "A New Family of Polymers for Drug Delivery and Regenerative Medicine"
Miroslawa El Fray
, West Pomeranian University (Poland)- "The Potential of Fatty Acid Derived Innovative Polymers for Antimicrobial Coatings"
Charles Roth, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey- "Overcoming Systemic and Cellular Barriers to Oligonucleotide Delivery" 

Chair: Bozena "Bo" Michniak-Kohn, Rutgers- The State University of New Jersey 

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, The New York Stem Cell Institute- "When Cells Are Not Enough - Combination Therapy and Issues with Translation"
Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, Columbia University- "Engineering Human Tissue"
Laura Niklason,
Yale University- "Progress in Vascular and Lung Engineering"
Elazer Edelman
, Harvard-MIT Biomedical Engineering Center- "Tissue Engineering in Vascular and Cancer Biology and Medicine"

Panel Discussion Moderator:
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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