Conference on the potential uses of nanofibres

9 October 2012

The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network has announced details of a one-day conference, hosted in partnership with Nottingham Trent University on 17 October, to look at ways in which the technology to produce and incorporate nanofibres into nanocomposites has progressed in the last year.

The conference is a follow-up to a successful event held in November 2011 by the NanoKTN and the STFC’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, on new developments in electrospinning of nanofibres. This event will be of interest to all those who want to learn more about the production and use of nanofibres for biomedical and other applications. The event will also be a great opportunity for networking for both academics and industry, to begin to explore collaborative partnerships.  

The event includes a number of presentations from selected UK organisations including representatives from The Electrospinning Company, Spheritech, Hollingsworth & Vose Co Ltd, Thomas Swan & Co Ltd, Imperial College London and the Universities of Manchester and Nottingham.

Dr Catherine Rogers from the School of Pharmacy at the University of Nottingham will discuss Innovative manufacturing in regenerative medicine: a novel method to produce electrospun scaffolds with tailored geometries. Electrospinning is a technique widely used to fabricate micro- and nanofibrous scaffolds for tissue engineering applications and in this presentation, Dr Rogers will describe a novel method recently developed at Nottingham, to produce collectors with defined patterns, by rapid prototyping and the ability of these resulting plates to produce electrospun scaffolds with tailored geometries.

This work was funded by the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Regenerative Medicine which aims to be an integrated platform of world-class fundamental and translational research in tissue engineering and stem cell science, specializing in the design of biomaterials, the application of growth factors as drugs, and in the scale-up and manufacturing of regenerative medicine products.

Dr Jean-Philippe St-Pierre from Imperial College London, will present on Designing a Bioactive Osteochondral Construct for the Treatment of Osteoarthritis. Articular cartilage damage can progress to clinical signs of osteoarthritis because of the limited capacity for self-repair of the tissue. Current cell-based repair strategies including marrow stimulation and autologous chondrocyte implantation have had limited long-term clinical success. Tissue engineering promises to improve the clinical outcome of articular cartilage lesions but is challenging as the tissue functions stem from its complex depth-dependent organisation.

Complementing the programme, will be a technology pitch session, company exhibition, and academic posters. Applications are currently being invited from companies to give a five minute technology pitch and from academics wishing to promote their research through the poster session.

“The use of Nanofibres and electrospinning are becoming more widespread in regenerative medicine and we are delighted to have presentations from some of the most innovative organisations working in this space at our event. We hope the conference will give these organisations a platform for their ideas, with the aim to develop collaborative links with potential business partners, to encourage commercialisation,” said Dr Barry Park, Theme Manager at the NanoKTN.

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