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BioFAbUSA 2018 Winter Summit: Accelerating the Commercialization of Engineered Tissues


  • Technology Center 400 Commercial Street Manchester, NH, 03101 United States (map)

ARMI | BioFabUSA will be hosting the Winter Summit on Thursday January 4th and Friday January 5th, 2018.


Accelerating the Commercialization of Engineered Tissues

At the Winter 2018 Summit, we will explore the theme of "accelerating the commercialization of engineered tissues" through three lenses: optimizing regulatory pathways, enabling workforce readiness and development and securing direct sources of government funding.  

Thursday January 4

  • 8:00 - Registration opens at 8:00AM
  • 9:00 - Summit Welcome and Overview
    • Gray Chynoweth, ARMI
    • Dean Kamen, DEKA / ARMI
  • 9:15 - Morning Keynote: The Role of Standards in Accelerating Commercialization of Engineered Tissues
    • Richard McFarland, ARMI
  • 9:45 - Networking Break and Exhibitor Viewing
  • 10:00 - Morning Panel: Government as a Partner in Commercialization - A discussion on how government bodies have worked with industry to achieve success in resolving commercialization challenges
    • Moderated by Becky Robinson-Zeigler, ARMI
    • Sumona Sarkar, NIST
    • Kristy Pottol, DOD
    • Laura Ricles, FDA
  • 10:45 - Morning Presentation: Interplay between Innovation and Regulation at Medical Technology Company
    • Michael Hill, Medtronic
  • 11:15 - Morning Panel: Successful Regulatory Collaborations - A discussion on how industry has worked with government bodies to achieve success in resolving commercialization challenges
    • Moderated by Richard McFarland, ARMI
    • Stephen Kennedy, Histogenics
    • Jose Lebron, Merck
    • Claudia Zylberberg, Akron Biotech
    • Sharon Presnell, Organovo
  • 12:00 - Lunch
  • 12:30 - Lunch Keynote: Accelerating Commercialization of Engineered Tissues: A Road Map for Initial BioFabUSA Investment
    • Tom Bollenbach, ARMI
  • 1:00 - Afternoon Keynote: Accelerating Commercialization of Engineered Tissues - Education and Workforce Development Perspectives
    • Mike Decelle, UNH / ARMI
  • 1:30 - Networking Break
  • 2:00 - Exhibitor & Poster Viewing / EWD Breakout Session at UNH
  • 4:25 - Day One Closing Remarks
    • Gray Chynoweth, ARMI
  • 4:30 - Brews & BioFab Reception featuring NH Craft Brewers
    • Featured breweries include Great North Aleworks (Manchester, NH), Henniker Brewing Co. (Henniker, NH), and Lithermans Limited (Concord, NH)
    • There will be a lightening poster presentation from Binil Starly, NCSU and Aditya Bhat, ABER Instruments
  • 6:00 - BioFabUSA Members Dinner
    • Institute Update - Maureen Toohey, Gray Chynoweth
    • Regulatory Update - Richard McFarland, Becky Robinson-Zeigler

Friday January 5

  • 8:15 - BioFabUSA Members Breakfast
    • Project Call and Road Mapping Update - Tom Bollenbach, Richard McFarland
  • 9:15 - General Session Opens
  • 9:25 - Day Two Welcome
    • Gray Chynoweth, ARMI
  • 9:30 - Case Studies Panel: Industry / Academy Collaboration in Workforce
    • Sangya Varma, Rutgers University and John Kennedy, NJ Manufacturing Extension Program
    • Roland Kaunas, Texas A&M University and Joe Petrosky, PBS Biotech
  • 10:15 - Networking Break and Exhibitor/Poster Viewing
  • 10:45 - Case Studies Panel: Industry / Academy Collaboration in Workforce
    • Angela Panoskaltsis-Mortari, University of Minnesota and Patrick Thayer, CELLINK
    • Training Innovative Leaders in Biofabrication: Integrative PhD Education at WPI
      • Marsha Rolle, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Megan Chrobak, Boston Scientific
    • Shaping the New Workforce: The Role of Veterans, Colleges, and Small Businesses
      • W. Gregory Sawyer and Jon Dobson, University of Florida
  • 11:45 - Lunch
  • 12:30 - Lunch Keynote: Warfighter Perspectives and the Need for Accelerating the Commercialization of Engineered Tissues
    • Major General Barbara Holcomb, U.S. Army Medical and Research Material Command
  • 1:15 - Networking Break and Exhibitor/Poster Viewing
  • 2:00 - Afternoon Panel - Government Investments in Accelerating Commercialization of Engineered Tissues: A discussion on areas of strategic interest for future investment
    • Moderated by John Getz, DOD
    • Lloyd Rose, DOD
    • Steve Peretti, NSF
    • Judy Holian, ORTA
    • Julio Barrera-Oro, BARDA
  • 3:00 - Afternoon Panel - Leveraging Government Investments to Accelerate Commercialization of Engineered Tissues: A discussion on how industry has leveraged government funding
    • Moderated by Nina Tandon, EpiBone
    • Jon Rowley, RoosterBio
    • Jeffrey Morgan, BioIntraface
    • Michael Francis, Embody
  • 3:45 - Closing Remarks: Call for interest in being part of EWD task groups, Project Call estimated timing

Extend your stay and enjoy some NH skiing on Saturday January 6th

ARMI has arranged for discounted lift tickets, rentals, and lessons for all Summit attendees at Pat's Peak, located in Henniker, NH.  Purchasing information will be provided to registered attendees.

Hotel Information

If you will be staying overnight while attending the 2018 Winter Summit, ARMI has made arrangements with the Radisson Hotel and the Hilton Garden Inn Hotel in downtown Manchester for a discounted room rates. 

Reservations for the Radisson can be made using one of the following methods:

  • Call the hotel's Reservations Department at 603-206-4109 and saying you are with the “BioFab USA” group
  • Call Radisson Worldwide Reservations at 1-800-333-3333 and saying you are with the “BioFab USA” group
  • Book ON-LINE at www.radisson.com/manchesternh using the drop down menu under “More Search Options” and reference the PROMOTIONAL CODE:  BIOF18

The rate is $123.00 plus 9% tax per night.  For guests who elect to book under the Government Rate, please be advised, proper ID is required at check-in.

The Radisson Hotel has an attached parking garage and the discounted rate is $12.00 per vehicle, per night for overnight guests and charged directly to your guestroom.  Reservations can be cancelled up to 48 hours prior to arrival.  After that, a minimum one night fee is charged.

Reservations for the Hilton Garden Inn can be made by calling the hotel directly at 603-669-2222 and asking for the ARMI BioFab USA room block.  Rooms are $119 a night and must be booked by Monday 12/18.

Consider staying Saturday for the 2018 FIRST Kickoff