The 3D Bioprinting Conference has been accredited by The Dutch Association for Technical Medicine with 4 (Continuing Medical Education) CME credits.

13:4514:00Virtual Waiting Room
14:0014:10Pieter HermansWelcome and Opening

Pieter Hermans, Jakajima, Read more
14:1014:30wai yee yeongKeynote Speaker Associate Professor, Wai Yee Yeong, Nanyang Technological University Singapore | TCT Women in 3D Printing Innovator Award 2019 Winner, on "3D Bioprinting: Strategies and Applications", Read more
14:3014:50Reinhilde JacobsProf. Reinhilde Jacobs, Dept Imaging & Pathology/ OMFS-IMPATH Research Group, KU Leuven – Group Biomedical Sciences | Oral and Maxillo-facial Surgery - UZ Leuven, on "Tooth Bioprinting", Read more
14:5015:10Jasper van HoorickJasper Van Hoorick, Postdoctoral Researcher , Ghent University /
Project Manager, Xpect-INX, on "From Polymer Research to Bio-ink Industry", Read more
15:1015:30Virtual Coffee Break and Networking
15:3015:50Mauro PetrettaMauro Petretta, Senior Scientific Advisor, RegenHu, on "3D Bioprinting: Shifting paradigms of healthcare",
Watch the interview with the RegenHu CEO; Read more
15:5016:10Mike GraffeoMichael Graffeo, CEO and co-founder, FluidForm
16:1016:30Ruth HoubertzRuth Houbertz, Founder, ThinkMade Engineering & Consulting, on "3D-Printed Scaffolds for Tissue Engineering - Materials and Applications", Read more
16:3016:50Virtual Coffee Break and Networking
16:5017:10Gabriele AddarioGabriele Addario, PhD Candidate, MERLN Institute for Technology-Inspired Regenerative Medicine, Maastricht University, on "Kidney tubulointerstitium: a microfluidic bioprinting approach", Read more
17:1017:30Sanna TurunenSanna Turunen, Product Manager, D.Sc. (Tech.), 3DTech Ltd. / Brinter Ltd., on "The Restore project, User-centred smart nanobiomaterial-based 3D matrices for chondral repair", Read more

Round Table Discussion

18:00End of the Conference

3D Bioprinting is the utilization of 3D printing and 3D printing–like techniques to combine cells, growth factors and biomaterials to fabricate biomedical parts that maximally imitate natural tissue characteristics.

3D-Bioprinting holds much promise in advancing medicine as tool to replicate cellular complexity of tissue environment, ex vivo for drug screening and as a means of engineering well-defined functional tissue units for transplantation (scaffolds, which can be used to regenerate joints and ligaments).

3D Bioprinting generally follows three steps:

  • Pre-bioprinting, the process of creating a model that the printer will later create and choosing the materials that will be used.
  • Bioprinting, mixture of cells, matrix, and nutrients (bioinks) are placed in a printer cartridge and deposited using the patients’ medical scans.
  • Post-bioprinting, creation of a stable structure from the biological material.

For 3D Bioprinting there are three main approaches:

  • Biomimicry
  • Autonomous self-assembly
  • Combination of both, also called mini-tissue building blocks

This conference (1st edition in 2014), which is part of the 3D Medical Printing Series, will bring together the international 3D Bioprinting community to showcase the work of researchers in their field and its applications, with a view to fostering closer ties and collaborations. The overall goal of this conference is to address both the technologies and the applications — from early technology development to downstream applications.