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SELECTBIO Conferences Biofabrication & Biomanufacturing Europe 2019

Lorenzo Moroni's Biography

Lorenzo Moroni, Professor, Biofabrication for Regenerative Medicine, Maastricht University and Founder MERLN Institute for Technology-Inspired Regenerative Medicine

Prof. Dr. Lorenzo Moroni studied Biomedical Engineering at Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy, and Nanoscale Sciences at Chalmers Technical University, Sweden. He received his Ph.D. cum laude in 2006 at University of Twente on 3D scaffolds for osteochondral regeneration, for which he was awarded the European doctorate award in Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering from the European Society of Biomaterials (ESB). In 2007, he worked at Johns Hopkins University as a post-doctoral fellow in the Elisseeff lab, focusing on hydrogels and stem cells. In 2008, he was appointed the R&D director of the Musculoskeletal Tissue Bank of Rizzoli Orthopedic Institute, where he investigated the use of stem cells from alternative sources for cell banking, and the development of novel bioactive scaffolds for skeletal regeneration. From 2009 till 2014, he joined again University of Twente, where he got tenured in the Tissue Regeneration department. Since 2014 he works at Maastricht University, where he is a founding member of the MERLN Institute for Technology-Inspired Regenerative Medicine. In 2016, he became full professor in biofabrication for regenerative medicine. His research group interests aim at developing biofabrication technologies to generate libraries of 3D scaffolds able to control cell fate, with applications spanning from skeletal to vascular, neural, and organ regeneration. In 2014, he received the prestigious Jean Leray award for outstanding young principal investigators from the ESB and the ERC starting grant. In 2016, he also received the prestigious Young Scientist Award for outstanding principal investigators from TERMIS. In 2017, he was elected as faculty of the Young Academy of Europe and in the top 100 Italian scientists within 40 worldwide by the European Institute of Italian Culture. Since 2019, he is chair of the Complex Tissue Regeneration department and vice-director of MERLN. From his research efforts, 3 products have already reached the market.

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Biofabrication: from Rapid Prototyping to Bioprinting

Thursday, 20 June 2019 at 14:15

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In biofabrication, researchers aim to produce three-dimensional (3D) constructs for the regeneration of various tissues or organs and for the use as in vitro models. The origin of biofabrication can be found in additive manufacturing (AM) and self-assembly techniques. Whereas AM enables the fabrication of biological constructs in a controlled manner with an intricate pore network and geometrical complexity, self-assembly allows the fabrication of larger constructs by exploiting cell-cell interaction and the concept of tissue liquidity, ultimately resulting in the fusion of smaller cellular aggregates. Nowadays classical techniques like 3D printing and fused deposition modeling have become more advanced in producing complex scaffolds with instructive hierarchical and/or surface properties. Latest technological advances in bioprinting, magnetic levitation and acoustic assembly further increase the ability to control cell deposition. These biological constructs can be made out of a variety of biomaterials ranging from metals, ceramics and thermoplastics in case of instructive scaffolds able to steer cell activity and tissue regeneration, to hydrogels in case of bioinks for bioprinting. Yet, many challenges, such as nutrient supply, mimicking the cell environment, mechanical properties and the chance of immune rejection still exist today and should be tackled in the coming years to translate biofabrication strategies to the clinic.

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