Thank you to everyone who attended our Fifth annual Biomaterials Day themed “Medical Advancement Through Innovative Engineering”!

We hope the event inspired Florida students to become the next leaders in biomaterials. The event featured a variety of sessions including academic presentations by an excellent array of researchers, student presentations, and an industry information session with regional biomaterials companies. The highlight of the event was the keynote address by Dr. Steven Little from the University of Pittsburgh who presented his research on harnessing and modeling controlled release to make medicine that imitates life. Biomaterials Day 2016 hosted distinguished speakers who gave plenary talks: Barbara Boyan, Virginia Commonwealth, Kevin Healy, University of California-Berkeley, Candan Tamerler, University of Kansas, and Adam Katz, University of Florida Medical. These talks covered an expanse of topics ranging from the use of surface features to regulate musculoskeletal behavior for bone implants and self-organized bio-nano interfaces to research about commercialization of adipose-derived cell therapies and the use of microphysiological systems for high content drug screening.

Student researchers competed in both poster and oral presentations. The presentations fueled collaborative conversations about biomaterial research.

Biomaterials Day featured an industry information session attended by regional companies including Exactech, Nanotherapeutics, and Axogen to help students who are looking for alternatives to academic careers or internships and co-ops in industry.

The SFB student officers are extremely proud of how Biomaterials Day at UF has progressed and endured over its history. It’s wonderful to see how the hard work and dedication of the student leaders has paid off by bringing in great speakers and hosting an ever-improving event year to year.

We would like to thank generous donations from the Society for Biomaterials, the UF Department of Sponsored Research, both the UF Materials Science and Engineering and Biomedical Engineering Departments, the UF College of Engineering, and the UF BMES student chapter. Without these generous donations Biomaterials Day would not be possible.

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