Biointerfaces, or Biological surfaces and interfaces, concerns the field where synthetic materials and biological systems interact with each other – a topic that constitutes one of the most innovative, dynamic and expanding fields in science and Technology.
Designed biointerfaces are often vital elements for the functionality of bio-related processes and devices in fields as diverse as biotechnology, biosensors & diagnostics, biomimetic materials, (stem) cell technology, drug-delivery systems, additive biomanufacturing, regenerative medicine, and biomaterials for medical implants and functional tissue engineering.
Progress in fundamental understanding and technological innovations are driven by exciting interdisciplinary approaches and collaborations within a community represented by physicists, chemists, biologists, materials scientists, engineers and clinicians. Understanding and rational design are furthermore supported by access to a plethora of static and dynamic interface-characterization and monitoring techniques with unprecedented detection sensitivity and spatial resolution.
The first Biointerfaces International 2016 conference (a successor to the earlier Biosurf and NanoBio conferences in Switzerland) will cover multi-disciplinary science and technology talks that are designed to connect world-leading scientists and engineers from academia and industry, early-career researchers & students, regulatory bodies and entrepreneurs for a stimulating exchange of ideas and discussions on future directions and emerging innovations. The conference is jointly organized by the Swiss National Thematic Network (NTN) “Innovative Surfaces”, Empa, ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich.
Further information: www.biointerfaces.ch/international/2016/index.php