ETPN Regenerative Medicine Working Group Webinars
Working Group Nanotechnologies for Regenerative Medicine (WG RegMed) of the European Technology Platform for Nanomedicine (ETPN) in partnership with AMIRES launched a series of webinars, presenting recent advancement of ETPN members in the field of nanotechnologies for regenerative medicine. These webinars aim to improve know how exchange, identification of key European experts and a wider networking among ETPN members (e.g. for collaborative projects). It is also intended to keep webinars open for ETPN non-members, particularly for industrial companies, to facilitate cooperation between researchers and enterprises (mainly SMEs). Please see below the list of past and upcoming webinars and their details (including recordings of the past webinars).
BIOPRINTING – Engineering Complex Bioarchitectu...Speaker: Marc Thurner06/10/2017
In the webinar, regenHU’s cutting edge biofabrication process, which creates infinite possibilities in the manufacture of artificial tissues and organs, was presented. By engineering Macro & Nano architectures in a single process unit, regenHU has opened the door to a whole new world of possibilities allowing us to mimic biological systems identical to those found in nature.
H2020 Funding Opportunities for RegMedSpeaker: Dr. Rudolf Fryček21/09/2017
In his presentation, Dr. Fyček provided an overview of opportunities for funding of regenerative medicine projects from the upcoming Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018 – 2020, mentioned some of already funded projects, their technologies and key movers. The presentation used searches from AMIplexus, a cooperation visualization and search tool for projects funded by Horizon 2020 – a European Union’s research and innovation framework programme. Click HERE for more about AMIplexus.
Panbio-electronicsSpeaker: Prof. Daniel Simon31/07/2017
In his presentation, prof. Simon shared achievements of his group’s research on organic electronics and their animal and mammalian applications, particularly relating to neuroscience. Moreover, it has been recently shown that organic electronics can also be applied to augment plant systems, bringing decades of anthropocentric R&D to the plant kingdom.
Selenium nanoparticles and their utilization in...Speaker: Prof. Vojtěch Adam29/06/2017
In his presentation, prof. Adam outlined the possibilities for utilization of selenium nanoparticles and shared some latest research achievements on selenium nanoparticles and their utilization in scaffolds. Of a particular interest was SelenBact, a skin healing gel for veterinary use, which the Mendel University developed in partnership with MedicProgress and which is today already on the market. For any questions of inquiries please contact Prof. Adam at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Implantable polymeric scaffolds for neural repairSpeaker: Prof. Maria Letizia FocareteSpeaker: Prof. Laura Calzà04/05/2017
In their presentation, prof. Focarete and prof. Calzà introduced activities of the Health Sciences and Technologies—Interdepartmental Center for Industrial Research of the University of Bologna related to regenerative medicine and tissue engineering, and then illustrated a couple of recent research achievements on implantable polymeric biomaterials for neural repair.
Application of stabilised FGF2 in wound healingSpeaker: Dr. Zdeněk Ručka16/03/2017
Brief introduction of Enantis and its R&D activities was followed by information about current and future use of growth factors (mainly FGFs) in regenerative medicine. Stable FGF2 developed by protein engineers at Enantis was introduced and its possible use in wound healing was further discussed. The opportunities for collaboration with other partners were presented.
Nanofibrous materials – from polymeric solution...Speaker: Dr. Marek PokornýSpeaker: Dr. Kateřina Knotková29/11/2016
In their presentation, Drs. Pokorný and Kontková:
- Introduced research development activities at CONTIPRO (click HERE for more information);
- Provided information about their unique 4SPIN® technologies (i.e. electrospinning, electrospraying, electroblowing and near-field electrospinning) – a desktop electrospinning device used in the nanofiber production and the preparation of nanofiber layers from solutions of biopolymers and synthetic polymer (click HERE for more info and HERE for a video);
- Gave examples of some targeted applications;
- Mentioned their openness to new interesting R&D collaborations.
Extracellular Matrix Analogues for the Pre-clin...Speaker: Prof. Matteo Santin04/10/2016
In his presentation, Prof. Santin introduced the lysine-based biomimetic dendrons synthesis as a platform for extracellular matrix analogue. He covered extracellular matrix analogues from their pre-clinical handling to in-vivo applications. A great importance was put on their exploitation. The key conclusions of the webinar are:
- Synthetic Extracellular Matrix Analogues can be achieved by macromolecular design, scaled-up batches and GMP conditions
- Extracellular Matrix Analogues can be exploited as:
- Specialised substrates for cell pre-clinical handling of cells
- More complex clinically-reflective in vitro models including different types of cells and integrated testing the safety/efficacy of drugs and other products in a regenerative niche
- Functionalisation of 3D scaffolds
- Bioink for additive manufacturing adding biofunctionality to a variety of more established polymer
Intervertebral disc regeneration assisted by co...Speaker: Prof. Hans Jörg Meisel22/09/2016
This second event titled „Intervertebral disc regeneration assisted by collagen nanostructures“ and led by professor Prof. Hans Jörg Meisel introduced a new and more interactive format of ETPN RegMed WG events. Prof. Meisel along with his colleague gave a multidisciplinary talk on the novel approaches to the therapy of disc degeneration, such as a self-regenerative implant based adipose mesenchymal stem cells (AMSC), combined with an injectable scaffold material. Further information about the promising use of collagen nano fleeces for medical implants was provided. Various possibilities of alternative applications were also discussed. The event concluded with propositions for scientific collaborations.
Polymeric Nanocapsules as tools to face challen...Speaker: Dr. Gemma Vilar Palos23/08/2016
During the event titled „Polymeric Nanocapsules as tools to face challenges in Regenerative Medicine„, Dr. Gemma Vilar Palos, senior researcher in the Human & Environmental Health & Safety in the R&D department of LEITAT Technological Center held a presentation on LEITAT activities and competencies in this area, highlighting the high modularity of polymeric nanoparticles suitable for multiple therapeutic applications. During the presentation and discussion among the partners, several cooperation project ideas and suitable H2020 calls were proposed. In the event opening section, Dr. Rudolf Fryček of AMIRES presented results of some activities undertaken by the ETPN RegMed Working Group:
- A survey among the ETPN RegMed WG members took place to identify topics of interest for international collaborative research projects. A greater involvement of businesses in defining the topics will be promoted.
- New therapies and devices for tissue regeneration, Nanotechnology for innovative in-vitro/in-vivo diagnostics methods, Antimicrobial implants and technologies against biofilm, Encapsulation of nanoparticles with novel/smart drug delivery materials and 3D biofabrication & cell printing ranked on high positions in the topics of interest.
- All identified topics were proposed to the European Commission and may appear in the Work Programme 2018 – 2020.