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ASTM International: 2018 Workshop on Characterization of Fiber-Based Scaffolds

ARMI | BioFabUSA is happy to announce that it will be hosting a, “Workshop on Characterization of Fiber-Based Scaffolds,” which will be held on Friday, August 10, 2018 at the Technology Center in Manchester, NH. This workshop is jointly sponsored by the ASTM International Committee F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices with participation from the Standards Coordinating Body.

Attendees of this workshop will work alongside industry experts to delve into the measurement and standards needs of fiber-based scaffolds. These needs include structural, mechanical and biological requirements, which were identified at the “2013 ASTM Workshop on Standards and Measurements for Tissue Engineering Scaffolds.” This year’s workshop will focus on the translation of fiber-based scaffolds, which are currently being advanced in tissue engineering for a wide range of applications. Leaders in the field will deliver informative presentations on fiber-based scaffold characterization, batch to batch variability, measurement validation and release criteria.  

This workshop will provide a collaborative and innovative environment with two moderated discussions that will focus on key fiber-based scaffold measurements that need improvement: “porosity” and “diffusivity.” Garnering the responses from these discussions will supply the foundational output that may drive the formation of a working group to write an ASTM “Standard Guide for Characterizing Fiber-Based Scaffolds”. The outcomes of this workshop will be made publicly available through a report.  These outcomes will aid in the advancement of not only scaffolding technologies, but the ARMI community’s mission as well, which is to make practical the large-scale manufacturing of engineered tissues and tissue-related technologies.

The organizing committee is soliciting abstracts for small-group laptop presentations. If you have expertise in the characterization of fiber-based scaffolding technologies and are interested in presenting, please submit abstracts to Carl Simon at NIST no later than Friday, July 20, 2018. For more information about the workshop and abstract submittal please visit the event page here. We hope to see you there!