Progress in Scaffold-Free Biofabrication

IUPUI and Johns Hopkins University present: 'Progress in Scaffold-Free Biofabrication'
Friday, September 15, 2017
9:00am – 5:00pm
Walther Hall R3 Research Building
980 W. Walnut Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202

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Directions to the IUPUI campus, event location and parking

Questions about the symposium should be directed to 3D Bioprinting Core Director Dr. Nicanor Moldovan at

We are pleased to invite you to the IUPUI-JHU Symposium 'Progress in Scaffold-Free Biofabrication' and to our 2nd Annual 3D Bioprinting Core Open House. This event will feature both the 'Regenova Bio 3D-Printer' by Cyfuse Biomedical and the IncuCyte ZOOM automatic fluorescent microscopy platform.

This year, our Symposium will be sponsored by the Regenova's producer Cyfuse Biomedical, KK and by its US distributor Amuza Inc. We are also honored by the participation of national (Johns Hopkins, Brown, Pittsburg and other Universities) and international (Japan, Russia etc.) teams.

Scaffold-free 3D biofabrication is one the most promising branches of tissue engineering. Bioprinting has traditionally been considered as the biological version of 3D-printing, as the scaffold ('bio-ink')-dependent deposition of cell-loaded biomaterials. However, for small-scale, cell-heterogeneous tissues, where the direct inter-cellular interaction is crucial, the presence of these scaffolds is limiting. Alternative ‘scaffold-free’ biofabrication and bioprinting methods would allow the preparation of tissue-engineered constructs composed only from cell clusters (‘spheroids’), held together in desired positions by temporary supports, then by the cells’ own secreted matrix.

Cyfuse’s Regenova robot is the first commercial, truly scaffold-free 'bioprinter' and our University was the first to install it in the United States (with substantial NIH funding). Johns Hopkins University followed soon after, in the meantime accumulating remarkable scientific expertise in this area, to be generously shared with us in this joint Symposium.

The goal of this Symposium is to inform and inspire a growing community of users of this paradigm-changing biofabrication technology. Therefore, we are inviting all investigators in the scaffold-free biofabrication field, as well as current and potential users of Regenova bioprinter, to be introduced to recent developments in this field, and to discussions of its expanding potential.

Poster Abstract Submission

We encourage you to present posters reflecting your current and planned research!

Please submit your abstracts by September 1, 2017. Abstract header should include: title, authors, and author affiliations. Abstracts are limited to 500 words; both pdf or Word documents are acceptable. The size of the poster board is 40" X 60". 32" X 40" is the recommend size for the poster.


Morning Session (R3 Building, 2nd floor Auditorium)

9:00-9:10 Opening Remarks: Anantha Shekhar, Executive Associate Dean for Research, IUSM, Associate Vice President of Research for University Clinical Affairs, Indiana University

9:10-9:45 Keynote Address: Koichi Nakayama, University of Saga, Japan
9:45 - 10:10 Narutoshi Hibino, Johns Hopkins University
10:10-10:35 Jeffrey Morgan, Brown University

10:40 – 11:00 Coffee Break

11:00 – 11:25 Elena Bulanova, 3D Bioprinting Solutions, Moscow, Russia
11:25-11:50 Kenichi Tamama, University of Pittsburgh
11:50-12:15 Masaki Kimura, University of Cincinnati

12:30-2:00 Lunch and Posters (MS Building Lobby)

Afternoon Session (R3 Building, 2nd floor Auditorium)

2:00 – 2:20 Nicanor Moldovan, IUPUI
2:20 – 2:40 Hiroki Yokota, IUPUI
2:40 – 3:00 Shannon Hawkins, IUPUI
3:00 - 3:20 Burcin Ekser, IUPUI
3:20 - 3:40 Lester Smith, IUPUI

3:40-4:15 Panel Discussion: Scientific and translational implications of scaffold-free biofabrication (morning speakers, Cyfuse representatives)

4:15-5:00 3D Bioprinting Core Open House (R3 Building 3rd Floor, room C343)