• Plenary Speaker

    Hong Kong (11-13, Dec)

    Prof. David Weitz

    B.Sc., A.M., Ph.D.

    Harvard University, USA

    Member, National Academy of Engineering
    Member, National Academy of Sciences
    Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences

    Title: Structuring soft materials for biomedical applications

    Weitz received his PhD in physics from Harvard University and then joined Exxon Research and Engineering Company, where he worked for nearly 18 years. He then became a professor of physics at the University of Pennsylvania and moved to Harvard at the end of the last millennium as professor of physics and applied physics. He lead a group studying soft matter science with a focus on materials science, biophysics and microfluidics. Several startup companies have come from his lab to commercialize research concepts. Weitz is a member of the National Academy of Science, the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

    Prof. Utkan Demirci

    Ph.D.

    Stanford University, USA

    Co-Division Chief, Canary Center at Stanford

    Co-Director, Canary Center at Stanford

    Member, Bio-X Program

    Title: Microfluidic sorting of sperm for applications in assisted reproductive technologies

    Utkan Demirci, PhD, is a professor with tenure at Stanford University School of Medicine at the Canary Center at Stanford for Cancer Early Detection. Before moving to Stanford, he was an associate professor of Medicine and Health Sciences and Technology at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School (HMS) and Harvard-Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Health Services and Technology. His group is focused on the development of point-of-care technologies and creating microfluidic platforms for sorting rare cells and exosomes for infectious diseases and cancer. His early work founded the basics of 3-D bioprinting of cells and biomaterials.

    Prof. Jane Jiang

    DBE, FREng, FIET, FRSA

    University of Huddersfield, UK

    Director of the EPSRC Future Metrology Hub
    Renishaw/Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Precision Metrology

    Dame Xiangqian (Jane) Jiang DBE, DSc, FREng is a Professor of Precision Metrology at the University of Huddersfield’s Centre for Precision Technologies. She is the Director of the EPSRC Future Metrology Hub and is the Renishaw/Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Precision Metrology. In 2017 she was recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours list and was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for services to Engineering and Manufacturing.

    Prof. Barbara Chan

    B.Sc., Ph.D.

    University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

    Title: Multiphoton Microfabrication and Micropatterning (MMM) technology

    Prof. Barbara Chan obtained her B.Sc. in Biochemistry and Ph.D. in Surgical Science (Faculty of Medicine) at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). She received her first postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology at CUHK. She joined the Innovation and Technology Commission of the government and participated in the operation of the Innovation and Technology Fund. She then received her second postdoctoral fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital of the Harvard Medical School. She has joined the Biomedical Engineering Programme at the University of Hong Kong since 2003. Her research interest are tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, biomaterials, stem cells, mechanoregulation, multiphoton biofabrication and laser medicine.

    Prof. Wenguo Cui

    Ph.D.

    Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine, Shanghai, China

    Title: Electrospun Hydrogel Fibrous Scaffolds for in vivo Rapid Vascularized Skin Flap Regeneration

    Wenguo CUI is a full professor in the Ruijin Hospital, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine. He received his Ph.D degree from Southwest Jiaotong University in 2009 and continued research for regenerative medicine & materials at Harvard Medical School in 2013. Prof. CUI’s research focuses on the development of novel electrospun fibers and nanomaterials for tissue regeneration, drug delivery and disease treatment. He worked as PI for four projects of National Natural Science Foundation of China and eight other grants in Shanghai. He has published more than 140 SCI papers (H=37, Citation>4700), 13 granted patents and 9 book chapters as first or corresponding author. He is the Associate Editor for Mater Sci Eng:C and BMC Mater, and Editor for Mater Today Adv. He is now serving as the specialized member in China Society for Biomaterials for bone regeneration and China Anti-Cancer Association for nanooncology. He is also the youth committee member in Chinese Association of Rehabilitation Medicine for restoration surgery and Chinese Medical Association for orthopedics. He has won the prize of Fundamental Bone Research Scholar in Chinese Medical Association, first prize of Scientific and Technological Progress (4th) of Shanghai, second prize of Outstanding Achievement Award in Science Research in the Ministry of Education twice and Chinse Medicine Award and Huaxia Medicie Award.

    Prof. Jiankang He

    Ph.D.

    Xi'an Jiaotong University, China

    Title: Multiscale additive manufacturing for biomedical applications

    Jiankang He is a full professor at the School of Mechanical Engineering, Xi'an Jiaotong University (XJTU), China. He received his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from XJTU in 2010. During 2008 and 2010, he studied in Harvard-MIT Health Science & Technology (HST) as a joint PhD candidate. He is now the Vice Director of State Key Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems Engineering. He was selected as the Changjiang Young Scholars Program in 2017 and NSFC Excellent Young Scholars in 2014. His research mainly focuses on multiscale bio-additive manufacturing. He is the authors of 30 issued Chinese invention patents and 70 peer-reviewed articles. Ten of these research articles were featured as "cover image", "highlighted paper", "featured article", "highly commended awards" and "VIP paper". His research on the additive manufacturing of biodegradable scaffolds has been in clinical trials. He has been awarded the first prize of Natural Science Awards for Universities from Shaanxi Province in 2017, the first prize of Technology Invention Awards from Ministry of Education of China in 2011 and Highly Commended Awards from international Emerald publisher in 2007. He is currently the Associate Editor of International Journal of Bioprinting and the editorial member of Virtual and Physical Prototyping.

    Prof. Guoqing Pan

    Ph.D.

    Jiangsu University, China

    Title: Mimicking the Dynamic of Extracellular Matrix (ECM) at Biomaterial Interfaces

    Guoqing Pan received his Ph.D. degree (2011.6) in polymer chemistry and physics from Nankai University (China). He entered the Orthopedic Institute of Soochow University (China) as a lecturer in 2011. Then he joined in the group of Prof. Kenneth J Shea in the department of Chemistry in University of California, Irvine (CA, USA) as a visiting scholar in 2014. He was then supported by the European Union "Horizon-2020" action, as an Individual Fellowship of Marie Skłodowska-Curie in Prof. Börje Sellergren’s group in Malmö Universitet, Sweden. Now he is a full professor in the Institute for Advanced Materials, Jiangsu University (China). His research interests encompass biomimetic dynamic biointerfaces, molecular imprinting, smart hydrogels, polymer chemistry as well as functional and intelligent nanomaterials for biomedical applications. He has been in charge of over 10 research projects from China and EU. He was a guest-editor for "Frontiers in Chemistry" during 2017 and 2018. In addition, he has published over 60 peer-reviewed scientific papers (H-index=25, Citation>2200 from Google Scholar) in leading journals of chemistry and materials such as Acc. Chem. Res., Chem. Soc. Rev., Angew. Chem., J. Am. Chem. Soc., Adv. Funct. Mater., Small, Biomaterials and so on.

    Prof. Yung-Kang Shen

    Ph.D.

    Taipei Medical University, Taiwan, China

    Title: Biofabrication strategies for bone repair and regeneration

    Professor Yung-Kang Shen received his Ph.D. degree from the National Taiwan University in 1995. He has been a Professor/Chairman of the School of Dental Technology at Taipei Medical University (TMU) since 2014/2018. He is the Director of Bio-Medical Nano/Micro Forming Lab of TMU, the Researcher of Nano Tissue Engineering and Image Research Center of Taipei Medical University Hospital (TMUH). He is the Chairman of Taiwan Oral Biomedical Engineering Association, the Supervisor of SME Taipei Chapter and the Director of Taiwan Society for Abrasive Technology. He is a Visiting Professor of Changchun University of Science and Technology since 2012. He is a Part-time Professor of ShanDong University since 2016. He is a Guest Professor of Zhejiang University of Technology) since 2017. His research includes biomedical nano/micro forming technology, 3D/4D printing, scaffold fabrication, animal model for medicine therapy. He has published more than 127 journal papers and 115 conference papers. He has served as the keynote speaker or invited speaker at more than 30 international seminars. He was awarded the Best Paper Award for the 3rd International Forum on Systems and Mechatronics in Singapore in 2010. He was also awarded the First Prize in Poster Presentation Award for the 2nd Research Week-International Symposium 2012 of COM on Dental Technology, Oral Health Care and Biomedical Device in Taipei in 2012. He was also awarded the Most Cited Article Award, 2012 to 2013 for "International Journal of Precision Engineering and Manufacturing" (SCI Journal). Professor Shen currently serves as the Editorial Board for 5 journals.

    Prof. Shuqi Wang

    M.D., Ph.D.

    Zhejiang University, China

    Title: Biodesign and Biofabrication for Liver Disease

    Dr. Shuqi Wang is a Professor at the Institute of Translational Medicine, at Zhejiang University. Dr. Wang's research interests include bio-manufacturing of tissues and organs, and organ-on-a-chip, and development of microfluidic-based point-of-care technology. He has published more than 60 papers in renowned peer-reviewed papers such as ACS Nano, Chemistry Society Reviews, Small, Biotechnology Advances, PNAS, Biomaterial, etc.

    Prof. Hanry Yu

    Ph.D.

    National University of Singapore,Singapore

    Editor of Biomaterials; invited to publish more than 180 lectures, more than 180 journal articles and more than 250 conference papers, applied for more than 50 patents, and co-founded 6 companies

    Prof. Ming Zhang

    Ph.D.

    The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China

    Title: Clinical Application of 3D Printing for Prosthesis and Orthosis

    Musculoskeletal system and human support biomechanics, computational biomechanics, prosthetics and orthopedic bioengineering, ankle biomechanics and footwear design, skin and soft tissue biomechanics, human motion analysis, biomechanics of biological tissues and biomaterials, bone and Joint biomechanics, plant interventional design, etc.

    Prof. Qiang Zhao

    Ph.D.

    Nankai University, China

    Title: Bioactive Materials for cardiovascular repair and regeneration

    Dr. Qiang Zhao received B. Eng degree from Northwestern Polytechnical University in 2001, and Ph.D. degree in Materials Science & Engineering from Tianjin University (China) in 2006. After three years of postdoctoral research at City University of Hong Kong, he joined College of Life Sciences, Nankai University (China) as associate professor in 2009, and was promoted to full professor in 2014. Dr. Zhao is the Director of Tianjin Key Laboratory of Bioactive Materials as well as the PI of State Key Laboratory of Medicinal Chemical Biology. He is the recipient of Excellent Young Scientist Program of NSFC (2015). Currently his research interest focuses on cardiovascular biomaterials and tissue engineering, including the tissue-engineered vascular grafts and novel biomaterials for the therapy of ischaemic diseases. He was awarded Second Class Prized for Scientific and Technology Progress of Tianjin (2016), and has authored over 60 peer-reviewed research papers (including Nat Chem Biol, Circ Res, Adv Mater, Adv Sci, J Am Soc Nephrol, Biomaterials, J Control Release, etc.), three book chapter, and 6 patents granted or pending.

    Prof. Zhilu Yang

    Ph.D.

    Southwest Jiaotong University, China

    Title: Bio-inspired Nitric Oxide-Generating Coating for Surface Engineering of Cardiovascular Stents

    Zhilu Yang is a professor at Southwest Jiaotong University (SWJTU, China). He completed his Ph.D. (2014. 6) at SWJTU, China, under the direction of Prof. Jin Wang and Nan Huang . His research interest then expanded to plasma polymeric and plant phenolic/catecholic inspired coatings, biointerfaces and blood-contacting devices when he entered the Southwest Jiaotong University (China) as an associate professor in April, 2015. Now his research interests include plasma polymerized functional coatings, multiple micro-patterning coatings, bio-orthogonal clickable peptides, biomimetic nitric oxide-generating coatings, multifunctional hydrogel coatings for surface modification of blood-contacting devices, and also focus on translation of these technologies into the clinic. He has been in charge of seven research projects from China, and held more than twenty Chinese patents and one US patent. In addition, he has published over 50 peer-reviewed scientific papers in leading journals of biomaterials such as Advanced Science, Chemistry of Materials, Biomaterials, etc.

    A.Prof. Kelvin Yeung

    B.Sc., MPhil, Ph.D., MHKIE

    University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

    Title: Magnesium nanocomposite 3D-printed scaffolds induce in situ bone tissue regeneration

    Kelvin Yeung has been passionate about applied orthopaedic biomaterial research and translation for more than 20 years. His major research areas are the development of orthopedic biomaterials, antibacterial coatings, 3D bio-printing and musculoskeletal tissue engineering. He trained as a materials scientist for his bachelor’s degree and then as an orthopedic scientist in HKU Medical Faculty for his master’s degree and his Ph.D.

    He is currently tenured associate professor in the Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, The University of Hong Kong. His h-index is 41 (Scopus) with more than 5,600 citations. He has been ranked in the World’s Top 1% of Scientists in the field of biomaterials by Clarivate Analytics’ Essential Science Indicators (ESI) from 2014 to 2018. In addition to publishing 215 peer-reviewed SCI journal papers and filing 38 full patents in various countries, he co-founded OrthoSmart Limited with two senior colleagues to adapt their research findings for clinical use. He currently serves as interim CEO of this startup company. Furthermore, he has been invited to act as a consultant for several medical device and biomaterial corporations.

    During these years, he participated in local and regional competitions and received a number of awards and scholarships, including the Young Scientist Award 2005 and the Young Engineer Award 2009. For projects in which he has acted in the capacity of principal investigator or co-principal investigator, he has received over HK$57,170,000. Since 2006, he has supervised 14 Ph.D. and 8 M.Phil. students. Furthermore, he has received 19 prizes and awards from local and international competitions and conferences. He has also been invited to deliver 74 plenary lectures, keynotes or invited talks at international and regional conferences. Dr. Yeung is an active member of local and international academic bodies and has served in several executive positions. In addition, he has been appointed as deputy master of HKU Lap-Chee College, where he oversees the student education programs.

    A.Prof. Zongli Zheng

    Ph.D.

    City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

    Title: Precision genome editing using CRISPR-SaCas9

    Dr Zheng received his PhD degree in medical epidemiology from Karolinska Institutet and completed a postdoctoral training at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School with the support of Swedish Research Council International Postdoc Fellowship. He is a faculty member at the Dept. of Biomedical Sciences at City University of Hong Kong and holds a joint appointment at Ming Wai Lau Centre of Reparative Medicine, Karolinska Institutet, Hong Kong.

     

    Dr Zheng’s contribution to precision medicine includes the invention of the AMP technology, which was the first FDA-approved next-generation sequencing (NGS) method (MSK-IMPACT Fusion) and has been adopted globally in both research and clinical settings, for gene fusion detection to guide targeted therapy for cancer patients. Dr Zheng has co-led the development of the GUIDE-seq method that has become a reference for genome-wide unbiased profiling of CRISPR targets. Dr Zheng’s research work has been cited over 6,000 times in the past 5 years.

  • Guangzhou (13-15, Dec)

    Prof. Dragos Axinte

    University of Nottingham, UK

    Title: Challenges in bone cutting and a novel tool design solution

    Dragos Axinte is Chair of Manufacturing Engineering at University of Nottingham, UK as well as Li Dak Sum Chair Professor at University of Nottingham, Ningbo. He held two personal NATO Research Fellowships in Italy and Denmark and then moved to UK in 2000 to carry out research at University of Nottingham where he was appointed professor since 2011. Since 2009 Dragos is Director of The Rolls-Royce UTC in Manufacturing and On-Wing Technology at University of Nottingham and from 2016 the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Machine Tools and Manufacture. His research interest is: Advanced machining, Energy beam machining, Process monitoring, Design of machine tools and specialist robotic systems, Workpiece surface integrity analysis.

    Prof. Albert Shih

    University of Michigan, USA

    Title: Accurate Needle Insertion and Tissue Sampling in Biopsy

    Albert Shih is Professor in Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Institute of Gerontology at the University of Michigan. He received PhD from Purdue University in 1991 and was an advanced manufacturing process engineer at Cummins (1991-1998) and an Associate Professor at NC State University Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (1998-2002). He has been a faculty at the University of Michigan since 2003. In 2017, he was the Assistant Director of Education and Workforce in the Advanced Manufacturing National Program Office (AMNPO) at Gaithersburg, Maryland. Dr. Shih’s research area is manufacturing. He is a pioneer in biomedical manufacturing, the application of manufacturing technologies to advance the safety, quality, efficiency and speed of healthcare service and biomedical science. He has 10 US patents, two textbooks, and authored or co-authored over 200 archival journal papers, 100 conference papers in manufacturing and biomedical sciences. Dr. Shih is the recipient the Fulbright Scholar, SME Taylor Medal in manufacturing research, ASME Milton Shaw Manufacturing Research Medal and Blackall Machine Tool and Gage Award, Society of Automotive Engineers Ralph Teetor Educational Award, and Best Paper awards in ASME International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference (MSEC), North American Manufacturing Research Conference (NAMRC), International Conference on Frontiers of Design and Manufacturing (ICFDM). Dr. Shih is the Editor of Procedia Manufacturing (Elsevier), President of the North American Manufacturing Research Institute (NAMRI) of SME, and Fellow of ASME, SME, and CIRP.

    Prof. Sugita Naohiko

    The University of Tokyo, Japan

    Title: Musculoskeletal model and surgical tools for novel artificial knee joint

    Naohiko Sugita received the master’s degree of mechanical engineering in 1996 from the University of Tokyo. He worked for NEC corporation, Japan from 1996 to 2003, and became a research associate in 2003, associate professor in 2007, and professor of the University of Tokyo in 2014. He received the doctoral degree of engineering in mechanical engineering in 2005 from the University of Tokyo. His research interests include cutting, laser processing, machine tools, and machining of biomaterials.

    Prof. Fangsen Cui

    Institute of High Performance Computing, Senior Scientist, Singapore

    Title: A perspective on the design, material selection, and fabrication of stents

    Dr. Cui received his BS and MEng degrees from Engineering Mechanics Department at Xi'an Jiaotong University in 1984 and 1989, respectively. He completed his PhD work from Mechanical Engineering Department of National University of Singapore (NUS) in 1998, and then joined the Institute of High Performance Computing, A*STAR as a research engineer. He is now a Senior Scientist and team leader in Acoustics and Biomechanics Computing. His research interests lie primarily in developing acoustic devices (muffler, ventilation window, noise barrier, structural health monitoring, etc) and biomedical devices (vascular stents, artificial joints, etc). He is the principal investigator or co-investigator of many grants. He has PCT/US patents in vascular stents and published many papers in prestigious journals

    Dr. Cui is a General Council Member of International Association for Computational Mechanics (IACM) from 2012, Executive Council Member of Asia-Pacific Association for Computational Mechanics (APACM) from 2018, and the President of Singapore Association for Computational Mechanics (SACM) since 2017.

    Prof. Dichen Li

    Xi'an Jiaotong University, China

    Director of State Key Laboratory of Mechanical Manufacturing Systems Engineering

    State Council Special Allowance Specialist

    Changjiang Scholar

    Editor of Journal of Bionic Engineering (ELSEVIER), Editor of Frontiers of Mechanical Engineering in China

     

    Prof. Tao Xu

    Tsinghua University, China

    Title: 3D Bioprinting for Precision and Regenerative Medicine

    Dr. Xu obtained his Ph.D. in Bioengineering from Clemson University, SC, USA in 2005 and had worked as Research Scientist at Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, NC, USA from 2005 to 2008. Before moved back to China, Dr. Xu had been appointed as a tenure-track Assistant Professor at University of Texas at El Paso from 2008-2013, and also been served as Adjunct Professor at Wake Forest University and Texas Tech University from 2010-2013.

    As one of the pioneers to develop cell and organ printing, Dr. Xu owns the first patent of inkjet printing of viable cells (US7051654) which had been indexed in Wikipedia, and published the first article on cell inkjet printing, which was reported by Science as a major breakthrough in the field. Besides, Dr. Xu has obtained various supports from U.S. and China federal agencies, such as US NSF, NIH, and Chinese High-Tech 863 Program.Dr. Xu has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles and abstracts, and owned 53 licensed US, Europe, China and other international patents. Moreover, Dr. Xu has successfully commercialized a series of regenerative medical devices including the dural repair patch, which was approved by CE, Chinese FDA, Korean FDA and has been applied clinically in over 60 countries with more than 200,000 patients.

    Prof. Chuanzhen Huang

    Shandong University, China

    Recipient of National Science Fund for Distinguished Young Scholars of China

    State Council Special Allowance Specialist

    Changjiang Scholar

    Editor-in-Chief of Materials Processing Science and Technology

    Associate editor of International Journal of Abrasive Technology

    Editor of International Journal of Nanoparticles

    Prof. XiChun Luo

    University of Strathclyde, Technical Director, Glasgow, UK

    Title: A new process for manufacturing nature-inspired anisotropic superhydrophobic structures on AISI 316L stainless steel

    Xichun Luo is a Professor in ultra-precision manufacturing and technical director of Centre for Precision Manufacturing (CPM) at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow). He is a Fellow of the International Society for Nanomanufacturing and an editor for Proceeding of IMechE Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science, Journal of Micromanufacturing, Advances in Mechanical Engineering and Mechanical Sciences. He also sits in the editorial board for Micromachines, Nanomanufacturing and Metrology. His research has been founded by the EPSRC, EC, Royal Society and Industry. His research interests include ultra-precision machining brittle materials, freeform machining, precision motion control, hybrid micromachining and FIB nanomanufacturing, as evidenced by two books and more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed highly ranked journals. He chaired two IEEE International Conferences in Automation and Computing in 2014 and 2015. He won UK Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) 2015 Ludwig Mond Prize for his work in the application of digital technology in micro- and nano-manufacturing.

    Prof. Zhonghua Ni

    Southeast University , China

    Deputy director of Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Micro-nano Biomedical and Instrument Design and Manufacture

    First prize for scientific and technological progress in Jiangsu Province

    Chinese educational ministry "Outstanding talents in the New Century"

    Prof. Xieping Dong

    Jiangxi University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China

    Title:The unique value of 3D Printing in the Design, manufacture and Application of Orthopaedic Prothesis

    Xie-ping Dong, chief physician and doctoral supervisor, honorary director of orthopedics, Jiangxi Provincial People's Hospital. He is currently the vice-committee of the Disaster Medical Committee of the Chinese Society of Integrated Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine, and the chairman of Jiangxi Branch. He is also currently the vice-committee of the Health Emergency Response Committee of the Chinese Research Hospital Society, the Standing Committee of SICOT China Digital Orthopedics Association, and the chairman of Jiangxi Branch. With comprehensive and rich orthopaedic clinical experience and certain knowledge of machinery, patents and 3D printing, he can independently complete the whole process of orthopaedic device design, drawing, printing, patent application and other inventions. Over the past 10 years, he has presided over 4 national and 6 provincial and ministerial topics, published more than 50 papers, and won 1 invention patent in the United States and Japan, 6 invention patents in China and 9 utility model patents.

    Prof. Han Huang

    The University of Queensland, Australia

    Title:Additive manufacturing of novel PHBV based scaffolds for bone tissue engineering

    Professor Han Huang currently leads a group studying advanced manufacturing technologies at The University of Queensland. He obtained his Bachelor and Master’s Degrees at Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China and PhD at The University of Western Australia. Prof Huang has published over 230 SCI journal papers that attract about 5800 citations with an h-index of 40. He received a number of research accolades including Australian Future Fellow, Australian Research Fellow and Queensland International Fellow, and won a prestigious National Technology Award in Singapore. Prof Huang has editorial roles in major manufacturing journals such as International Journal of Machine Tools and Manufacture, Mechanical Science and Advanced Manufacturing Technology.