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Welcome Words from Katharina Maniura, Chair Biointerfaces International Zurich 2021

The Biointerfaces International Zurich 2021 Conference is special, at special times. We invite you to hear about exciting science across different fields in the Biointerfaces community, from Switzerland and elsewhere. In morning sessions, we offer educational, introductory lectures on science by leading experts in the field - tailored for the young scientists in our community.

We invite you to network, to meet old friends and to make new ones, to share ideas and to start collaborations with colleagues. We offer the opportunity to learn about new technologies and to meet representatives and specialists from different companies in person. All of this and more in just two days and without the need to pack a suitcase.

We are going virtual this year, after a cancellation of our conference in 2020, because of what we know all too well. We nevertheless offer all of the above.

It is my great pleasure to welcome you as the Chair of Biointerfaces International Zurich 2021 Conference, to virtually host you for an exciting meeting providing you the best possible platform for your presentations, discussions and virtual meetings and wish us all an exciting event.

Prof. Dr. Katharina Maniura, Head Biointerfaces, Empa


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.

Biointerfaces International Zurich 2021 Conference aims to build bridges across relevant application areas, between science & engineering, innovation & technology, industry and academic partners and between senior scientists & early-career researchers. Internationally highly renowned scientists from academia, industry and clinics present their latest, often unpublished scientific findings and technological breakthroughs to a diverse audience. 

Learn how various research and translational initiatives around biological surfaces & interfaces continue to shape our everyday lives. The growing understanding for instance 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. These technologies have a great potential, but require further research, continued innovation and discussion in our society as clinical validation and translational maturity.

Biointerfaces International Zurich 2021 Conference will address status and future directions in these fields, also related to personalized medicine, and will also highlight the importance of involving all stakeholders.


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 Sessions topics BIC-2021

  • Stem Cell Technology & Regenerative Medicine
  • Organ-on-Chip
  • 3D Cell & Matrix Printing, Tissue Engineering
  • Functional Material-Biology Interfaces (to Tissue, Cells, Bacteria, Enzymes/Proteins, …)
  • Progress in Surface & Interface Characterization and Imaging (static/dynamic, in-situ and ex-situ)
  • Progress in cell-based in-vitro assays for drug development, substance toxicity testing, regenerative medicine - supporting 3R initiatives
  • Future of engineered tissues