3D Bioprinting: Strategies and Applications

a presentation by Wai Yee Yeong, Nanyang Technological University Singapore. 3D bioprinting is fast becoming an advanced manufacturing enabler for the future of healthcare and biotechnologies research. The bioprinting landscape is experiencing expansion and consolidation in terms of technologies strategies.

Many different bioprinting methods have been proposed to achieve functional and biological applications from the assembly of bioactive elements. In this talk, we will take a comprehensive overview on the strategies and applications of 3D bioprinting. The potential of interdisciplinary research in 3D bioprinting will further motivate the adoption of this new technology for futuristic healthcare devices.


Question 1: What drives you?
My curiosity on how 3D printing and 3D bioprinting enable new innovation and the scientific understanding we keep on searching in 3D printing.

Question 2: Why should the delegate attend your presentation?
To gain understanding on the different methods and strategies in bioprinting, to be able to analyze and evaluate the technologies with more insights.

Question 3: What emerging technologies/trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
in short run, development of thin-layer like tissue for alternative testing will be the greatest potential. In the long-run, we see a lot more infiltration of bioprinting technologies in various other research domains, forming new landscape of interdisciplinary research.

Question 4: What kind of impact do you expect them to have?
create new functions , enable better and more precise investigation, achieve new innovations.

Question 5: What are the barriers that might stand in the way?
Lack of education creating false negative in the adoption of bioprinting technologies.

About Wai Yee Yeong
Active in 3D printing research since 2004, Associate Professor Wai Yee Yeong at the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, has created multiple frontiers in 3D printing, taking the leads in 3D Bioprinting, electronics printing and metal printing research. She has been awarded with research grant in the order of >$10 million. Her portfolio includes serving as Programme Director (Aerospace and Defence) at Singapore Centre for 3D Printing (SC3DP), Program Director (3D Printing) at NTU-HP Digital Manufacturing Lab and Co-director of NTU Institute for Health Technologies.

About Nanyang Technological University Singapore
A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has 33,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, and Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, and its Graduate College. NTU’s Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine was established jointly with Imperial College London.

NTU’s campus is frequently listed among the Top 15 most beautiful university campuses in the world. It has 57 Green Mark-certified (equivalent to LEED-certified) building projects comprising more than 230 buildings, of which 95% are certified Green Mark Platinum.

​Besides its 200-ha (500-acre) lush green, residential campus in the western part of Singapore, NTU also has a second campus in the heart of Novena, Singapore’s medical district.

Meteoric rise in international academic reputation ​
NTU is placed 13th globally in the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings 2020. It was also ranked the world’s best young university (under 50 years old) by QS for the seventh consecutive year in 2020. In addition, NTU was named the world’s fastest rising young university by Times Higher Education in 2015.

In engineering and technology, NTU is ranked 8th worldwide in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020. Mirroring this success is the College of Science, whose young chemistry department is placed 4th in the US News & World Report’s Best Global Universities Rankings 2019. Boosted by research at the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, NTU is also strengthening its foothold in areas such as biomedicine and life sciences.

The well-established Nanyang Business School is regularly featured among the leading business schools in Asia, with its MBA programme consistently rated top in Singapore since 2004 by The Economist.

Wai Yee Yeong will be speaking at the conference.

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