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VIRTUAL MEETING – 21st April 2022

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Overview

The APS Emerging Technologies Focus Group, is pleased to announce their webinar which will offer plenty of opportunities for discussions. This meeting will bring together expert speakers from academia and industry and will include a talk from a junior researcher and a talk from a senior researcher from industry or academia.

Who should attend

This meeting is ideally suited for PhD Candidates, Academics, Industrialists, Specialist Technology Providers, and Regulatory Personnel. Overall, the content of this special series has been carefully crafted to complement the existing APS portfolio and the Emerging Technologies Focus Group hot topics.

Programme

21 April 2022 – 13.00-14.00 UK Time/14.00-15.00 CET
 
3D Bioprinting applications in drug discovery and development

Aleksandar Atanasov 

Aleks obtained his BSc in Biochemistry and his MSc in Nanotechnology and Regenerative Medicine from University College London. During his Master’s, he explored bioactive glasses – more widely used in bone regeneration – in the context of chronic wound healing. There, he gained an in-depth understanding of the processes and pathways that define skin recovery, scarring, and regeneration. This led to Aleks’ current position at the Healthcare Technologies Institute at the University of Birmingham as a PhD student with the lifETIME CDT. His project entails creating a 3D substitute to model normal skin, wound healing, and scarring. The aim is to recapitulate the tissue, in terms of its structural complexity, its mechanical properties, and its local biochemical profiles. As well as 3D bioprinting techniques, Aleks’ project also features solutions for spatial and temporal control over the release of growth factors and cytokines, courtesy of Cell Guidance System Ltd. Combined, they give the project the potential to push the boundaries of 3D skin models, and make them an even more versatile and powerful tool for both research and medical applications.

Aleksandar Atanasov 

PhD Student

EPSRC CDT in Engineered Tissues for Discovery, Industry and Medicine (lifETIME)

Healthcare Technologies Institute,

University of Birmingham

Dr Deepak Kalaskar is Associate Professor of Bioengineering at University College London (UCL) Division of Surgery and Interventional Sciences. His research focuses on design and development of novel medical devices, implants and regenerative therapies using 3D technologies (3D imaging, scanning, and printing) for various Musculoskeletal conditions.

Following his PhD from the University of Manchester (UK), he worked at various Universities in UK and Belgium in stem cells, nanomaterials, medical device development and bioprinting before joining UCL in 2012. 

Currently, he is co-chair and director of the postgraduate MSc course in Burns, Plastic and Reconstructive surgery at University College London (UCL) and the Royal Free Hospital, London. He is actively involved in clinically translational research. He is working closely with number of industries for the development of new products and processes required for clinical translation.

He is the editor of 3 books in the field of 3D printing in Medicine (Elsevier), Nanomedicine (Open Press) and Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (UCL Press). He has also contributed to over 100 scientific publications in internationally peer reviewed journals.

He has contributed to studies and policy documents in 3D printing & 3D Bioprinting and reviewed them for UK patent office, UK Parliamentary Department of Science & Technology (POST). His invited media reports and expert opinions are published in English, Spanish and Italian languages for various international science and technology magazines. He also runs international bioprinting research platform https://www.bioprintingresearchplatform.org/ to enhance global collaborations and early career research training.

Dr Deepak Kalaskar

 Associate Professor Bioengineering

UCL Division of Surgery & Interventional Sciences

Deputy Director MSc Burns, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

London

Career Lead UCL Division of Surgery & Interventional Sciences