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2020 Manufacturing Needs for Biofabrication of Engineered Tissues and Organs
Bioprinters - Bioreactors - Sensors

Monday, April 6, 8:30am-5:00pm
TCF Bank Stadium (DQ Club Room & Surrounding Spaces)
420 SE 23rd Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55455


"Due to the recent concerns surrounding COVID-19, we have decided to postpone the 2020 MN-BioFab Conference to the fall of 2020. We have yet to choose a date, but we will be posting more information as plans evolve. Those who have registered will be receiving full refunds within the coming days. Please contact Emily Kukacka at if you have any additional questions. Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to seeing you this fall."


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. Short talks, discussions, a poster session, and brainstorming sessions will include topics covering bioprinters, biofabricators, bioreactors, and sensors for real-time, monitoring. Afternoon sessions offer choices in industry-related talks and discussions, 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
  • Lexi Garcia, Becky Robinson-Ziegler & Mary Clare McCorry, ARMI-BioFabUSA



7:30 - 8:30 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 8:35 am Welcome by Angela Panoskaltsis-Mortari, Director, UMN 3D Bioprinting Facility
8:35 - 9:20 am Keynote Presentation:
"3D Bioprinting Complex Tissues and the Path Towards Function"
Adam Feinberg, PhD, Carnegie Mellon University
9:20 - 9:50 am "Building biomimetic tissues for therapeutics screening and transplantation"
Dr. Melanie Matheau, CEO Prellis Biologics
9:50 - 10:20 am "Cardiovascular Bioreactors: Challenges and Solutions"
Lee Sierad, Founder & President, Aptus LLC
10:20 - 10:40 am Break
10:40 - 11:10 am "Fiber optic sensors for monitoring cell and engineered tissue cultures"
Jake Boy, Scientific Bioprocessing
11:10 - 11:40 am "Electrochemical Sensors For Continuous On-Line Monitoring With High Chemical Selectivity"
Philippe Buhlmann, 3M Alumni Professor of Chemistry, UMN
11:40 - 12:10 am "Bioreactor advanced control strategies and sensors"
Abhijit Jog, VP at Panacea Technologies

12:10 - 1:45 pm Lunch and Poster Session

Abstract submission are due Monday, March 16th, 2020. See below for submission instructions.


Engineering/Stem Cell Institute Session


Industry Session

1:45-2:30 Keynote:
"Emulsion Inks for 3D Printing of Tissue Engineering Scaffolds"
Elizabeth Cosgriff-Hernandez, PhD, University of Texas - Austin
1:45-2:30 Keynote:
"Bringing it all Together: From bioprinting to instrumented bioreactors"
Sandy Williams, President, Access Biomedical Solutions
2:30-2:45 Selected Abstract Presentation 2:30-2:45

Breakout Session Groups

2:45-3:15 "Decision-making in Stem and Progenitor Cells"
Casim Sarkar, PhD, University of Minnesota, College of Science and Engineering
3:15-3:35 Break & Networking
3:35-3:50 Selected Abstract Presentation 3:35-3:50 Group Activity/Group Presentations
3:50-4:20 New Treatments for Spinal Cord Injury: What the future holds."
Ann Parr, MD, PhD, University of Minnesota, Department of Neurosurgery
4:20-4:35 Selected Abstract Presentation 4:20-4:35  
4:35-5:00 Poster awards & Closing remarks


Jake Boy
Scientific Bioprocessing

Jake Boy
Scientific Bioprocessing

Philippe Buhlmann University of Minnesota

Philippe Buhlmann
University of Minnesota

Elizabeth Cosgriff-Hernandez
University of Texas - Austin

Elizabeth Cosgriff-Hernandez
University of Texas - Austin

Adam Feinberg
Carnegie Mellon

Adam Feinberg
Carnegie Mellon

Abhijit Jog
Panacea Technologies

Abhijit Jog
Panacea Technologies

Melanie Matheau
CEO Prellis Biologics

Melanie Matheau
CEO Prellis Biologics

Ann Parr University of Minnesota

Ann Parr
University of Minnesota

Casim Sarkar University of Minnesota

Casim Sarkar
University of Minnesota

Sandy Williams
Access Biomedical Solutions

Lee Sierad
Aptus LLC

Sandy Williams
Access Biomedical Solutions

Sandy Williams
Access Biomedical Solutions


2020 Early Bird Registration Rate - $225* (ends March 20, 2020 
UMN Faculty and Staff - $100
Non-UMN Students / Trainees - $75
UMN Students / Trainees - Free

For event questions, contact Emily Kukacka (

*If you are an ARMI|BioFabUSA member reach out to your Member Support Manager (MSM) for the ARMI member discount code.


SCI-ENG Joint Symposium Abstract Submission Instructions
SCI-ENG Joint Symposium Abstract Submission Instructions

Sponsorship Opportunities:

  • Bronze Level ($3,000): Level includes a table/booth exhibit space, 1 registration, and signage/your logo displayed on promotional materials.
  • Silver Level ($5,000): Level includes the same as above but more prominent display, and 3 registrations.
  • Gold Level ($8,000): Level includes larger exhibit space in prime location, andv 8 registrations.

Make Sponsorships payable to: Regents of the University of Minnesota
Send to: Attn: Erin Barclay, Department of Pediatrics MMC 391 Mayo 8391A 420 Delaware St. SE Minneapolis, MN 55455 "Manufacturing Biofabrication Meeting 2020" should be included in the memo



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