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Biological surfaces and interfaces: where synthetic materials and biological systems interact with and engage each other - one of the most innovative and expanding areas of science and technology over the last two decades.

Biointerfaces International 2020 Conference follows a special format: Programming aims to build bridges across relevant application areas, between science & engineering, innovation & technology, industry and academic partners and between senior scientists & early-career researchers. Both internationally highly renowned and young scientists from academia, industry and clinics present their latest, often unpublished scientific findings and technological breakthroughs to a diverse audience.

An additional conference focus is education across the many fields of relevance to biological surfaces and interfaces. All conference speakers begin their talks with a general introduction to challenges and strategies that does not require specialized knowledge to follow. Moreover, the Biointerfaces International Seminar 2020 taking place the day before the conference starts (August 24, 2020) covers educational lectures on science, technology and translation to application by speakers both internationally renowned and respected for their contributions to both science, education, translation and outreach to society.





Confirmed Speakers (will be updated regularly)

Morgan Alexander
The University of Nottingham, UK

Sarah Köster 
Georg-August-University Göttingen, DE

Hatice Altug
EPF Lausanne, CH

Stéphanie P. Lacour 
EPF Lausanne, CH

Sally McArthur
Swinburne University of Technology, AU

Madhu Lal-Nag 
U.S. Food and Drug Administration FDA, US

Jan de Boer 
University of Eindhoven, NL

Shulamit Levenberg 
Technion, IL

Catarina Brito
iBet - Inst. de Biologia Experimental e Tecnológica, PT

Pavel Levkin 
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology KIT, DE

Jason A. Burdick
University of Pennsylvania, US

Peter Loskill 
Fraunhofer Inst. for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB, DE

Irina Dahms
DSM Nutritional Products, CH

Ivan Martin
University Basel, CH

Patricia Dankers
Eindhoven University of Technology, NL

Michiya Matsusaki 
Osaka University, JP

Jennifer Elisseeff 
Johns Hopkins University, US

Núria Montserrat Pulido 
Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia, ES

Bettina Ernst 
Swiss Biotech Association, CH

Kathy Riklin
Swiss Competence Centre 3R, CH

Silvia Frey 
Animalfree Research, CH

Adrian Roth 
Roche Innovation Center, CH

Jianping Fu 
University of Michigan, US

Heinz Ruffner 
Novartis, CH

Andrés J. Garcia 
Georgia Institute of Technology, US

Francesca Santoro 
Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, IT

Joachim Guck 
Max Planck Inst. for the Science of Light, DE

Romana Schirhagl 
University of Groningen, NL

Sarah Heilshorn 
Stanford University, US

Gerald Schwank
University of Zurich, CH

Reyk Horland
TissUse GmbH, DE

Tatiana Segura
Duke University, US

Rob Howes 
AstraZeneca, UK

Martina Stenzel 
University of New South Wales, AU

Jian Ji   
Zhejiang University, CN

Mark Tibbitt 
ETH Zurich, CH

Jens M. Kelm 
PreComb Therapeutics AG, CH

Albert van den Berg 
University of Twente, NL

Rama Khokha 
University of Toronto, CA

Marcy Zenobi-Wong 
ETH Zurich, CH
Armin Knoll 
IBM Research, CH
Fred Zülli 
Mibelle Group, CH 


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This interdisciplinary and international conference is a unique opportunity

 to strengthen bridges between different disciplines of the life sciences do-
 main, particularly between the University Hospital Zurich and the Univer-
 sity of Zurich with the ETH.  In addition to the diversity of science and
 engineering, special emphasis will be laid on the gender-balanced educa-
 tion of students and early-career scientists, which encourages and
 allows them to emerge as independent scientists.

Prof. Beatrice Beck Schimmer,
Vice President Medicine, University Hospital Zurich


Contributed talks (20 min) will be assigned on the basis of submitted abstracts. There will be a large poster session, space for an industry exhibition, and many occasions for participants to meet, discuss, exchange ideas and find partners for future collaborations.

Given recent scientific, technological and translational progress across a range of fields likely to impact future societies, we have revisited the session topics for the 3rd BIC conference in 2020. (full list of topics: see below at the end):

Organoids, organs-on-chips and the growing understanding of how to physically interface biomaterials with various cell types hold great technological and societal promise, with applications in fields including tissue engineering, drug development and human toxicology. Important progress has been made most recently in approaches that are key to future translation and application of organ-like in vitro systems, such as cell sources, stem cell technology, 3D cell printing, and 3D high resolution imaging. Speakers will address status and future directions in these fields, also related to personalized medicine, and will also highlight the importance of involving all stakeholders - from academia, clinics, (pharmaceutical) companies and society at large – in translating personalized organs-on-chips to precision medicine.

These technologies also have the potential to reduce animal testing needs, but require further research, continued innovation and discussion in our society as clinical validation and translational maturity for many of these in vitro approaches remains unverified.

Neuronal Interfaces also hold great promise, given recent progress in identifying the intrinsic control architecture of brain networks. This will likely contribute to providing a fundamental basis for the exogenous control of brain networks and future progress in the Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning field. Human-machine Interfacing is a key buzzword in this field, and biointerface technology a critical topic to enable its future progress.

As the program for the day is still under development, we will provide more information about the translational session in the future. For the time being, suggestions and further questions are welcome: please feel free to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Sessions topics BIC-2020

Stem Cell Technology & Regenerative Medicine, Personalized Health, Gene Editing Technologies (e.g. CRISPR/Cas9) 

Organoids, Organ-on-Chip, Lab-on-Chip, 3D Imaging, Verification and Validation

3D Cell & Matrix Printing, Tissue Engineering


Nanoparticulate Systems for Diagnosis and Targeted Therapy incl. (Drug) Delivery Systems and Precision Medicine

Neuronal Interfaces, Bioelectronics and Biosensors

Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Computational Modelling Approaches to Biomaterials,
Biointerfaces and Biomedical Processes

Functional Material-Biology Interfaces (to Tissue, Cells, Bacteria, Enzymes/Proteins, …),
Bioinspired Responsive Surfaces,
immuno-Modulatory Biointerfaces

Progress in Surface & Interface Characterization and Imaging (static/dynamic, in-situ and ex-situ),

Translational Challenges, Medical (MDR) & Regulatory Challenges




 Jeannette Wibmer