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ETPN RegMed WG Webinar on Extracellular Matrix Analogues for the Pre-clinical Handling & Transplantation of Cells

On 4 October, 2016, the third from the series of webinars organized by ETPN Regenerative Medicine Working Group with a support of AMIRES took place.  The topic of this event was “Extracellular Matrix Analogues for the Pre-clinical Handling and Transplantation of Cells” presented by Prof. Matteo Santin of the Brighton Centre for Regenerative Medicine (BCRM), School of Pharmacy & Biomolecular Sciences, University of Brighton (click HERE for Prof. Santin’s bio).

In his presentation (click HERE), 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 cellsMore 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

Prof. Santin invited the participants to take part in a questionnaire for the Socio-Economic Study of Biomaterial Research Translation in Europe (click HERE) and by doing so provide a significant contribution to the future of R&D in biomaterials in Europe.

He also extended an invitation to take part in the following events:

  • 28th Annual Conference of the European Society for Biomaterials ESB2017, 4 – 8 September 2017, Athens
  • 6th China – Europe Symposium on Biomaterials in Regenerative Medicine CESB2017, 21 – 24 May, 2017, Porto

Click HERE to listen to the webinar recording.