Pre-Conference Workshops

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A Celebration of Research Excellence and Achievement on the Occasion of Tony Mikos’ 60th Birthday

Date: Monday, December 2, 2019
Time: 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Price: $100.00

Join us for a full-day symposium of invited speakers honoring Dr. Tony Mikos in celebration of his 60th birthday. In the morning session, we will have leaders in tissue engineering selected from Dr. Mikos’ collaborators and former trainees. The afternoon session will be focused on 3D printing experts associated with the Center for Engineering Complex Tissues. The symposium will end with a presentation and remarks by Dr. Tony Mikos. Breakfast, lunch and morning breaks are included in attendee registration.
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Amplify Your Translational Impact: Considerations for De-Risking Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Therapies

Date: Monday, December 2, 2019
Time: 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Price: $100

Many regenerative medicine and applied therapeutic products originate from academic research labs or small companies that have a strong scientific background but may not have the experience for bringing a product to market.  Regardless of development stage, knowledge of key considerations in the product development process will streamline technology transfer from the lab to the clinic and ultimately to the market. This workshop will cover early to late phase considerations for de-risking the development of a regenerative medicine product, including scale-up considerations, implementation of quality systems, and navigating the regulatory landscape. The goal of this workshop is to learn from those who already have experience with these issues.  The format of the workshop is geared toward a short presentation of “Lessons Learned” from the speakers but focused primarily on lively discussion among the panelists and workshop attendees.
Workshop Program

Multi-Cellular Engineered Living Systems: Principles, Challenges, and Applications

Date: Monday, December 2, 2019
Time: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Price: $20

Significant progress in the fields of systems biology, synthetic biology, and developmental biology, combined with recent advances in organoid and induced pluripotent stem cell technologies, have inspired new visions for the design and manufacture of multi-cellular engineered living systems (M-CELS) with useful functionality by design. M-CELS open new possibilities for transformative health and assistive technologies, from biorobotic systems that can be guided by light, to organ-on-chip systems developed as drug screening assays or models of disease. The process of engineering M-CELS is enhanced by understanding how emergent structures naturally arise during developmental processes through mechanical, biochemical and electrical communication. Which aspects of these processes can be circumvented, accelerated or modified according to specification to yield robust, reproducible organoids and microphysiological systems? Computational models that simulate the growth, division, and differentiation of multicellular systems into emergent organization from an initial pluripotent population of cells are an important step in understanding and predicting multicellular systems-level behavior. This interactive workshop will engage participants in conversation about the principles, challenges, and applications of M-CELS.
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