Plenary Speakers

Professor Rui L. Reis


  • Full Professor of Tissue Engineering, Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cells, Department of Polymer Engineering, School of Engineering, University of Minho

  • Director of the 3B’s Research Group

  • Director of the ICVS/3B’s Associate Laboratory (PT Government Associate Laboratory

  • CEO of the European Institute of Excellence on Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine

  • President/Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer of Stemmatters

  • Editor in Chief of the Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, Wiley-Blackwell

Professor Abhay Pandit
  • Professor in Biomaterials.

  • Director of a Science Foundation Ireland funded Centre

  • for Research in Medical Devices (CÚRAM), The National University of Ireland, Galway.

  • He obtained a PhD from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where his postgraduate work focussed on the modification of a fibrin scaffold to deliver a therapeutic biomolecule and resulted in a clinical trial at the Burn Centre. Prof Pandit has over twenty-five years of experience in the field of biomaterials. After a seven-year stint in industry he has worked in academia for the last twelve years. His research is funded by Science Foundation Ireland, the 7th EU Framework programme, Enterprise Ireland, Health Research Board, the AO Foundation and industry sources, and in excess of €78 million. He is the author of 4 patents and has licensed three technologies to medical device companies. He has published more than 180 manuscripts in high-impact factor publications. He was inducted as an International Fellow in Biomaterials Science and Engineering by the International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering (IUSBSE). He has been elected as a Council Member of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine and the International Society and European Society for Biomaterials

Professor Sumner Barenberg

  • Professor of the Practice, Bioengineering

  • Design Medical Implants; Medical Implant Due Diligence; Biomaterials, Biopolymers, Biomemetics, Polymer Physics; Biodegradation; Interfacial Phenomena, Chemotaxis, Accelerated Aging