Symposium SM01—Materials for Biological and Medical Applications
The ongoing development of biomaterials, nanomaterials and soft materials continue to offer innovative, biological and medical applications including highly engineerable multifunctional nanoprobes for biodiagnostics and theranostics, microfluidics systems for 2D and 3D in vitro studies, and regenerative tissue engineering. With these successes, bio-, nano-, and soft-materials are increasingly being considered as key building blocks of new generations of biomedical devices and analytical tools for biological studies. Despite incredibly fast technological advancement, technology translation from research laboratories to end users still remain slow and limited as biological and medical applications of these materials require tremendous versatility and multifunctionality – including biocompatibility, long-term robustness, repeatability, and scalability for mass production and high throughput. The motivation and challenge behind this symposium is to bring together key entities/stakeholders, ranging from regulatory and funding agencies to leading scientists and end-users, regarding potential technical breakthroughs and the improving the effectiveness of technology translation in the areas of biomaterials, nanomaterials, and soft materials with an emphasis on biological and medical applications. In addition to technical advances, the symposium aims to highlight the critical need for strategic plans/collaborations across these diverse entities to provide the essential technology-application-requirement linkages across the symposium participants.