Leuven.Inc Visionary seminar '3D Bioprinting'

3D Bioprinting

Organised by Leuven.Inc in cooperation with imec and Prometheus.
Supported by RegMed

3D bioprinting is the process in which combinations of biomaterials and cells are printed in a three-dimensional predefined shape with the aim of creating man-made functional tissues.  Compared to more traditional biofabrication methods, the 3D bioprinting technology allows for a higher spatial precision. These printed tissues can be used as living implants to replace damaged or non-functional tissues and organs such as skin, bone and liver.  Alternatively, printed tissues can be used as screening platforms for the testing of new drugs, reducing animal experimentation. Finally, given their high accuracy, 3D printed tissues can be used to investigate fundamental biological questions on cell-material interaction.

Despite the big hype that is created around 3D bioprinting and the images that circulate on hearts rolling out of the printer, the raw facts paint a more modest picture. Much of the current work on 3D bioprinting is still in an early research. ln this visionary seminar we will provide an overview of the state of play on 3D bioprinting. We will address the technological challenges related to the design of the machines and the materials, the regulatory framework as well as the uptake of bioprinted tissues in the clinic. 

Practical aspects

Date: Tuesday 6 December 2016
Location: imec CAF -1, Kapeldreef 75, 3001 Heverlee
Parking is possible near the venue.
[download a route description to the location]


16h00: Welcome coffee
16h30: Welcome by Liesbet Geris, Chairman of the programme
Prof. Biomechanics Section KU Leuven
Prometheus, division of Skeletal Tissue Engineering KU Leuven
16h45: Making 3D Bioprinting part of daily life – the creation of a supporting, cross-border economical & regulatory framework
Jan Schrooten, Co-founder & Managing Director Antleron
17h15: Building tissues and organs from stem cells: from biomanufacturing to organoids
Adrian Ranga, Assistant Prof. Faculty of Engineering Science KU Leuven
17h45: 3D printing using (bio)polymers: hoax or reality?
Peter Dubruel, Prof. and Head of Polymer Chemistry and Biomaterials Group UGent
18h15: Coffee break
18h45: Biofabrication: the time for a human organ printing era
Lorenzo Moroni, Prof. Biofabrication for Regenerative Medicine Maastricht University
19h15: 3D bioprinted corneas – accelerating translation to the clinic
Nadia Zakaria, Prof. - Centre for Cell Therapy and Regenerative Medicine Antwerp University Hospital
19h35: Q&A
20h00: Networking with drinks and snacks

The interventions will be held in English.

Participation fee

135 euro (excl. VAT): members of Leuven.Inc / Leuven MindGate - 175 euro (excl. VAT): all others
Special fee available for Master and PhD students affiliated to and billable by KU Leuven or other universities.  Please contact us by e-mail.
logo-kmo-portefeuille Participation in our activities at a discount via KMO-portefeuille Pijler OPLEIDING: Leuven.Inc Approval number DV.O106761
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Organisated and coordinated by Leuven.Inc as part of Leuven MindGate.

Leuven.Inc is founding member of Leuven MindGate. After a transition period both organisations will act as one entity. Members of Leuven MindGate will have the same benefits as Leuven.Inc members.


Registrations before Thursday 24 November 2016 , preferably via the online registration form (use the 'Register' button) or by email to admin@leuveninc.com (including all contact and invoice details).

After registration you will receive a confirmation and route description. The registration fee is payable after receipt of invoice. Cancellation after subscription is not possible. However, replacement by a colleague is allowed.

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