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2019 Manufacturing Needs for Biofabrication of Engineered Tissues and Organs
Raw Materials and Supply Chain Challenges

Monday, April 15, 8:00am-5:00pm
Meridian Ballrooms, Graduate Minneapolis
615 Washington Avenue S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55414

Breakthroughs in cell technologies, materials science, and biofabrication methods, particularly 3D bioprinting, have laid a foundation for large-scale manufacturing of tissues and tissue-related products. Attendees of this conference will learn from industry and academic experts on what will be needed to bring biofabrication from its current prototype stage to reproducible, manufactured tissue products in the future.

Short talks, discussions, and brainstorming sessions will include topics covering raw materials, supply chain challenges, and others. Two concurrent afternoon sessions offer choices in industry-related talks/breakout sessions, and the symposium sponsored by the UMN Stem Cell Institute and College of Science & Engineering.

Meeting Organizers:

  • Angela Panoskaltsis-Mortari, Director, UMN 3D Bioprinting Facility
  • Markus Reiterer, Sr. Prin. Materials Scientist, Medtronic
  • Mary Clare McCorry, Lexi Garcia and Becky Robinson-Zeigler, ARMI-BioFabUSA
  • Susan Keirstead, Administrative Co-Director, UMN Stem Cell Institute
  • Timothy O'Brien, Leadership Team, UMN Stem Cell Institute
  • Chun Wang, UMN Biomedical Engineering



7:00 - 8:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 - 8:05 am Welcome: Angela Panoskaltsis-Mortari, Director, UMN 3D Bioprinting Facility
8:05 - 8:50 am Keynote Presentation:
"3D Bioprinting of Living Tissues and Organs"
Dr. Ibrahim Ozbolat, Penn State University
8:50 - 9:20 am "Tissue Regeneration: Putting Animal-Based Biomaterials into Practice"
Dr. Stefanie Biechler, Global Director of Marketing, Collagen Solutions
9:20 - 9:50 am "Optimizing Workflows for 3-D Tissue Manufacturing"
Dr. Joy Aho, Sr. Project Manager for Cell & Gene Therapy, BioTechne Corp.
9:50 - 10:10 am Break
10:10 - 10:40 am "Automating Human Pluripotent Stem Cell Culture and Differentiation"
Dr. James Dutton, Director, Cell Reprogramming Core Facility, UMN Stem Cell Institute
10:40 - 11:10 am "Standardized Cellular Raw Materials for Biofabrication"
Dr. Tim Olsen, Sr. Scientist, RoosterBio
11:10 - 11:40 am "Preparing for Commercialization: The Importance of Raw Material Selection, Optimization, & Manufacturing Systems in Regenerative Medicine"
Dr. Eric Roos, Global Strategic Alliances Leader for Cell & Gene Therapy, Thermo Fisher

11:40 - 1:15 pm Lunch and Poster Session (lunch is included with registration)


Engineering/Stem Cell Institute Session

Industry Session

1:15 - 2:00 pm Keynote:
"Biomaterials for the Early Detection and Treatment of Disease"
Dr. Joyce Wong, Boston University
"Leading from the Rear of the Value Chain: Ensuring ancillary material quality to drive clinical and commercial success."
Dr. Claudia Zylberberg, CEO and co-founder, Akron Biotechnology
2:00 - 2:30 pm "Next-generation Genome Engineering Technologies for Disease Modeling and Regenerative Medicine"
Dr. Beau Webber, UMN Medical School

Breakout Session Groups

Challenges in raw materials for tissue engineering: cells, media & reagents, scaffold biomaterials, surface substrates

2:30 - 3:00 pm "Strategies for 3D Bioprinting of Cardiac Tissue Mimics"
Dr. Brenda Ogle, UMN Biomedical Engineering
3:00 - 3:20 pm Break
3:20 - 3:50 pm "Role of Side Population Cells in Cardiac Regeneration"
Dr. Jop van Berlo, UMN Medical School
Sample CoA Group Activity
3:50 - 4:20 pm "Using Autologous iPSC-RPE as a Tool for Treating Age-Related Macular Degeneration"
Dr. Deb Ferrington, UMN  Medical School
4:20 - 4:50 pm "Convergent Technologies in Tissue and Organ Preservation"
Dr. John Bischof, Director, UMN Institute for Engineering in Medicine
Group Presentations
4:50 - 5:00 pm Poster awards & Closing remarks

Keynote Speakers:

Bob Gabler

Joy Aho
BioTechne Corp.

Stefanie Biechler, Collagen Solutions

Stefanie Biechler
Collagen Solutions

James Dutton, UMN Stem Cell Institute

James Dutton
UMN Stem Cell Institute

Bob Gabler

Tim Olsen

Bob Gabler

Ibrahim Ozbolat
Penn State University

Bob Gabler

Eric Roos
Thermo Fisher

Bob Gabler

Joyce Wong
Boston University

Claudia Zylberberg  Akron Biotechnology

Claudia Zylberberg
Akron Biotechnology

2019 Registration Rate: $300.00
UMN Faculty/Staff: $100
Student/Trainee Registration Rate: $75.00
UMN Student/Trainee: FREE

For event questions, contact Emily Kukacka (

Sponsorship Opportunities Available

$3k, $5k and $10K Levels

Make Sponsorships payable to: Regents of the University of Minnesota
Send to "Attn: Erinn Barclay Dept of Pediatrics MMC 391 Mayo 8391A
420 Delaware St SE Minneapolis, MN 55455"

"Manufacturing Biofabrication Meeting 2019" should be indicated in the memo


Allevi PDIC Bio-Techne Bio-Techne Century College Bio-Techne CSE MNDrive CSE CSE

Supported by the Design of Medical Devices Conference

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