A rapidly growing research area, Organic Bioelectronics, promises to
fully interface biology with electronics, not only to transduce biological
events into electrical signals, but also to stimulate biosystems through
Several reasons have prompted scientists to create a synergy between
the unique features of organic electronics and the biological world. Among
these are the possibility to develop advanced biosensors with excellent
selectivity and sensitivity, to print low-cost, disposable electronic devices
on flexible plastic or paper substrates, and to chemically tune the organic
materials’ properties improving their biocompatibility and biodegradability.
Applications ranging from the detection of biological compounds to the
monitoring of cells’ growth and drug delivery have been explored so far, along
with several device architectures and types of materials. Furthermore,
implantable organic electronic devices that can enhance tissue regeneration or
control cell signaling are beginning to emerge.
By bringing together experts from multiple disciplines, this
symposium will provide an interdisciplinary forum that highlights recent
advances in organic bioelectronics for life sciences. The themes will include
lab-on-a-chip biosensing platforms, in vitro and in vivo diagnostic tools,
systems for drug delivery and tissue engineering. A bird’s eye view on emerging
materials such as naturally occurring conducting polymers and graphene-like
materials will be included as well.