The Society For Biomaterials was excited to host the 2023 Annual Meeting at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina. In keeping with the history of our host city, the theme for 2023 was "Riding the Translational Waves to the Future". The program focused on breakthroughs in biomaterials science, translation of research to clinical application, next-generation medical devices, standards development, regulatory issues, and commercial realities. 2023 was the year to explore the future waters of biomaterials and avoid the translational wipe-out!  

It's a Wrap!

Thank you to everyone that participated in the 2023 SFB Annual Meeting & Exposition!

We would like to thank the members of the Program Committee for their efforts and guidance in creating an engaging conference program this year. We are also grateful to the numerous individuals who have worked to create each session, workshop, and panel, as well as those who dedicated time to reviewing abstracts. It is through this process that we are best able to highlight the most exciting scientific findings each year and we are therefore truly grateful for your efforts. Of course, we are especially appreciative of our generous sponsors andexhibitors, without whom this meeting would not be possible.

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  • Being able to connect and collaborate with other industry professionals and academics in the biomaterials space provided me the opportunity to participate in stimulating scientific conversations and network with my peers. This is truly the place to further your knowledge and understanding of biomaterials science.
    Allen Y. Wang, PhD (he/him/his)
    Principal Scientist/Global Technical Lead
    Johnson & Johnson MedTech
  • I applaud the conference’s commitment to diversity as a driver for innovation in the session topics, presenters, and attendees. I felt inspired, heard, and hopeful for the future of biomaterial innovation.
    Isaac Rodriguez, PhD (he/him/his)
    Co-Founder & Chief Science Officer
  • I am a young scientist working at the interface of biomaterials and immune engineering. The conference provides great networking opportunities that facilitate my career development. I was exposed to lots of exciting cutting-edge research in my field through the 2022 conference. My first-time attendance was very pleasant and I plan to attend constantly in the future.
    Xiao Huang, PhD (he/him/his)
    Assistant Researcher/Assistant Professor
    UCSF/Drexel University
  • The 2022 SFB Annual Meeting was fantastic! It was a great meeting for networking with both new and old connections. Thank you!
    Lesley Chow, PhD (she/her/hers)
    Associate Professor
    Lehigh University
  • It was great to return in-person to the annual Society For Biomaterials conference after the COVID-19 hiatus. It was a fantastic event and it was nice to network in-person with my friends and colleagues.
    Craig Rosenblum
    Vice President & General Manager
  • The SFB Annual Meeting is the place to be for biomaterials scientists from all over the world, a perfect combination of leading edge science and networking with friends and colleagues.
    Milica Radisic, PhD (she/her/hers)
    Professor and Canada Research Chair
    University of Toronto
  • SFB is a well-run, well attended, and diverse conference. The forum for discussion SFB provides not only includes education for students and those interested in biomaterials, but also incorporates the relevance, importance, and challenges of applying biomaterials sciences in industrial applications.
    G. Lawrence Thatcher (he/him/his)
    President and CEO
    TESco Associates, Inc
  • It was heartening to see the Society for Biomaterials give the important subjects of innovation and DEI collective airtime in the plenary opening session. These topics are foundational and will continue to be transformational for all of us. It was a robust and open discussion which sets the stage for continued attention in future meetings.
    Amar Sawhney, PhD (he/him/his)
    Co-Founder and Managing Partner
    Incept LLC
  • SFB is truly at the intersection of career development and scientific innovation! The meetings cultivate an environment of belonging that's present from the pre-meeting workshops to each of the scientific sessions.
    Erika Moore, PhD (she/her/hers)
    Assistant Professor
    University of Florida, Department of Materials Science & Engineering
  • SFB meetings rock! I always learn about new ideas and techniques in research and professional development, and am able to network with colleagues and make new acquaintances.
    Dr. Joel Bumgardner (he/him/his)
    Chair of the Biomedical Engineering Department
    University of Memphis
  • The 2022 SFB Annual Meeting was my first in-person conference and it was a wonderful experience. I have not stopped talking about since I returned home!
    Rachel Reeser, B.Sc (she/her/hers)
    PhD Candidate
    University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
  • The Biomaterials BASH was a phenomenal event! The Maryland Science Center was wonderful, the food was delicious, and the addition of the water taxi transportation was fun and exciting! What a great way to end an already dynamic meeting.
    Guillermo A. Ameer, ScD (he/him/his)
    Northwestern University
  • The SFB Annual Meeting is a must-attend conference for our lab and 2022 did not disappoint!
    Elizabeth Byers, B.S. (she/her/hers)
    2nd Year Graduate Student
    The Pennsylvania State University
  • Attending SFB meetings has been crucial to my research career. I have made powerful networks through SFB and gained leadership skills through my involvement with the organization!
    Marian Ackun-Farmmer, PhD (she/her)
    Postdoctoral Researcher
    University of Maryland
  • TESco has been a strong supporter of SFB for decades because we believe they play an important and relevant role in the education and sharing of biomaterials science and business experience for those interested in the biomaterials field. TESco’s team looks forward to this conference every year as an opportunity to network with experts in the field, meet clients and to reach students just entering.
    Chris Thatcher (he/him/his)
    Vice President
    TESco Associates, Inc
  • The 2022 Society For Biomaterials Annual Meeting was engaging and well-run.
    Joshua Hooks, PhD (he/him/his)
    3rd Year Postdoctoral Fellow
    Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

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