This award is sponsored by the Society for Biological Engineers.
The recipient should have a distinguished record of service to the profession. They should also be involved in the direct engagement of biology with engineering.
We are pleased to announce that this year's lecturer is Cato T. Laurencin, University Professor and Van Dusen Distinguished Endowed Professor, Chief Executive Officer of the Connecticut Convergence Institute for Translation in Regenerative Engineering, The University of Connecticut.
Regenerative Engineering: The Present and Future of Tissue Regeneration
We define Regenerative Engineering as a Convergence of Advanced Materials Science, Stem Cell Science, Physics, Developmental Biology, and Clinical Translation. Our focus has been musculoskeletal tissue regeneration and involves a transdisciplinary approach. Polymeric nanofiber systems create the prospect for biomimetics that recapitulate connective tissue ultrastructure allowing for the design of biomechanically functional matrices, or next generation matrices that create a niche for stem cell activity. Polymer and polymer-ceramic systems can be utilized for the regeneration of bone. Hybrid matrices possessing micro and nano architecture can create advantageous systems for regeneration, while the use of classic principles of materials science and engineering can lead to the development of three dimensional systems suitable for functional regeneration of tissues of the knee. Engineered systems for soft tissues take advantage of architectural, biomechanical and biochemical cues. Principles found in embryological development and in developmental morphogenesis will ultimately be critical for addressing grand challenges in regeneration. Drug Delivery approaches utilize conventional and unconventional concepts. Through the deep integration of a number of technologies, we can approach regeneration in a more holistic way
Biotechnology Progress Award for Excellence in Biological Engineering Publication
The Biotechnology Progress Award for Excellence in Biological Engineering Publication winner will also be recognized during the James E. Bailey Award session.
The Biotechnology Progress Award for Excellence in Biological Engineering Publication recognizes outstanding contributions to the literature in biomedical engineering, biological engineering, biotechnology, biochemical engineering and related fields. The award, which is presented annually at the AIChE Annual Meeting, celebrates excellence and foundational contributions to biotechnology and biological engineering through a body of work: a seminal paper, a review, a research report, or other material of significant interest and importance.
This year’s Biotechnology Progress Award for Excellence in Biological Engineering Publication winner is Dr. Costas Maranas, The Pennsylvania State University