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ARMI BIOFABUSA LEADERSHIP ENGAGE AT 2ND ANNUAL UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA BIOMANUFACTURING SYMPOSIUM

On November 5th, Tom Bollenbach (CTO) and Richard McFarland (CRO), addressed a crowd assembled at the 2nd Annual University of Virginia Advanced Biofabrication Symposium, hosted by Dr. George ChristDr. Shayn Peirce-Cottler and the University of Virginia's Schools of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Medicine.

Dr. Bollenbach's talk on "Manufacturing the Future of BioFabrication" covered on a variety of topics emphasizing:

  • The current state of the art in engineered tissue manufacturing is inadequate if we want to reach large scale production;
  • Scale up and commercial manufacturing of engineered tissues is a multidisciplinary challenge;
  • The future will integrate closed systems, automation and Quality by Design principles to mitigate risks and drive down costs; and
  • ARMI BioFabUSA will look to fund projects that develop manufacturing platforms and processes to catalyze the commercialization of therapeutic platforms and products.
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Dr. McFarland's talk, "The Quest for Coordinated Federal Policy and Practice for Tissue Engineering and Regernative Medicine: The Multi-decade Odyssey of MATES", focused on the events and perspectives leading up to the launch of the 2016 Funding Opportunity Announcement and subsequent award of the "Advanced Tissue Biofabrication - Manufacturing Innovation Institute" (now known as BioFabUSA), to the Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute.