Prediction of Biodegradable Materials Performance

2013 IPrime Mid-Year Workshop, Wednesday, January 16
Presented by the Biomaterials and Pharmaceutical Materials (BPM) program. Coordinator: Program leader Ron Siegel.

Includes Characterization Facility demos on the "Microscopy of Biomaterial Coatings in Challenging Environments." Coordinator: Director Greg Haugstad

Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Check-in begins 8:00 AM
8:30 AM-12:30 PM, Keller Hall 3-210 (first floor)
1:30-4:30 PM, Biomaterial Coatings Microscopy Demos
University of MN, Twin Cities East Bank Campus

Travel note: Light rail construction is underway at the University. Please review details and parking before arriving, and allow extra travel time.

This IPrime Mid-Year Workshop
is presented by the Biomaterials and Pharmaceutical Materials (BPM) program. Coordinator: Program leader Ron Siegel.

CharFac Demos
Following the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to participate in a session of Characterization Facility demonstrations on the Microscopy of Biomaterial Coatings in Challenging Environments.

To Attend
Register by January 7 to ensure a name tag and box lunch. These events are free and open to IPrime member companies, invited guests, and University of Minnesota faculty, students, and staff. Complimentary box lunch is available with registration.

Prospective IPrime members interested in attending an IPrime event as a guest should contact Bob Lewis, ph: 612-625-1269.

Biodegradable materials, especially polymers, are used in numerous orthopedic, surgical, dental, and drug delivery applications. They may serve as monoliths or as device coatings. Optimally, degradation will be programmable and predictable in terms of material composition, porosity, shape of the device, drug loading pattern, and the external environment, often physiological, in which it is placed. Programmable degradation and resorption are important either to preclude the need for device retrieval after its original purpose is served, to make room for tissue growth and restoration of tissue function, and/or to control rate of drug release.

This workshop will bring together academic and industrial participants to discuss fundamental and applied issues related to prediction of degradable biomaterials performance. Techniques developed in recent years to model and predict performance and permit screening of materials, and hence reduce the number of experiments required, will be highlighted.

Joachim Kohn, Professor, Rutgers University
"A Combinatorial Approach to Biomaterials Design"

Steven R. Little, Professor, University of Pittsburgh
"Controlling Controlled Release via Predictive Models of Biodegradable Polymer Matrices"

SuPing Lyu, Senior Principal Scientist and Technical Fellow, Medtronic
"Predictive Materials Testing for Medical Implant Applications"

Robert Schultz, President and COO, REVA Medical (San Diego)
"Assessment of the Biological Fate of Biodegradable Polymers in Accelerated Time"

Wrap up: Panel Discussion
Complimentary box lunch will be offered during this time.