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24 International Bioengineering and Nanotechnology Experts to Present the Latest Research Advances in Science, Engineering and Medicine in Biopolis Next Week

5th International Conference on Bioengineering and Nanotechnology

Singapore | Posted on July 28th, 2010

The Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN), the world's first bioengineering and nanotechnology research institute, will organize the 5th International Conference on Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (ICBN 2010) from August 2-4, 2010. Over 300 international delegates are expected to convene at the Biopolis for this interdisciplinary conference, and members of the media are welcome to attend to find out more about the latest research advances in science, engineering and medicine from around the world.

ICBN 2010 will feature 24 distinguished invited speakers, including 3 plenary lectures, as well as 26 contributed oral presentations and 62 poster presentations. This also marks the 3rd time that IBN has partnered with the Society for Biological Engineering (SBE), an American Institute of Chemical Engineers Technological Community, to organize the ICBN conference since its launch in 2004.

The first Keynote Lecture (August 2, Monday) on "Supramolecular Structures of Block Copolymers as Smart Nanocarriers for Gene and Drug Delivery" will be delivered by Professor Kazunori Kataoka fromThe University of Tokyo, Japan. Professor Kataoka received the National Institute of Materials Science (NIMS) Award in 2009 for his outstanding research achievements and contributions to developing functional nanodevices for drug and gene delivery. His talk will focus on the development of new polymeric carrier systems, especially block copolymer micelles for drug targeting.

The second Keynote Lecture (August 3, Tuesday) on "Multimeric siRNA Conjugates for Highly Efficient Gene Silencing" will be presented by Professor Tae Gwan Park from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Korea. Professor Park has successfully commercialized PLGA scaffolds (Innopol-DÒ) for soft tissue engineering and licensed out several protein and gene delivery technologies. His talk will focus on how cleavable multi-siRNA can be applied as potential gene silencing therapeutics for the treatment of genetic diseases and cancers.

The third Keynote Lecture (August 4, Wednesday) on "Healing a Heart: Harnessing the Macrophage and Stem Cells for Cardiac Reconstruction" will be presented by Professor Buddy R. Ratner. Professor Ratner is the Director of University of Washington Engineered Biomaterials Engineering Research Center. He was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering (2002) and received the Founders Award of the Society for Biomaterials (2004). His talk will explore the feasibility of developing a tissue engineered heart muscle for reparative treatments.

Conference topics include:

* Drug, Protein and Gene Delivery Systems
* Cell and Tissue Engineering
* Biodevices and Biosensors
* Pharmaceuticals Synthesis and Green Chemistry
* Nanoparticles, Nanocomposites and Nanoporous Materials for Bio-Applications

Please refer to the enclosed annexes for the speakers' bios and talk abstracts. More information about the event and the speakers are available at www.icbn2010.com.

Event Details

Event:

5th SBE International Conference on Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (ICBN 2010)

Date:

August 2-4, 2010

Time:

August 2, Monday (8:00 am to 6:00 pm)
August 3, Tuesday (8:00 am to 5:15 pm)
August 4, Wednesday (8:00 am to 4:30 pm)

Venue:

The Matrix, Biopolis
30 Biopolis Street
Singapore 138671

Media Registration

If you are interested to attend the event, please email your particulars to Elena Tan at by 5pm on Friday, July 30, 2010.

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About Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology
The Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) was established in 2003 and is spearheaded by its Executive Director, Professor Jackie Yi-Ru Ying, who has been on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Chemical Engineering faculty since 1992, and was among the youngest to be promoted to Professor in 2001.

In 2008, Professor Ying was recognized as one of “One Hundred Engineers of the Modern Era” by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers for her groundbreaking work on nanostructured systems, nanoporous materials and host matrices for quantum dots and wires.

Under her direction, IBN conducts research at the cutting-edge of bioengineering and nanotechnology. Its programs are geared towards linking multiple disciplines across all fields in engineering, science and medicine to produce research breakthroughs that will improve healthcare and our quality of life.

About ICBN
· The International Conference on Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (ICBN) was launched in 2004 by the Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN), Society for Biological Engineering (SBE) and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), to foster greater international knowledge exchange and collaboration in the area of bioengineering and nanotechnology – two interdisciplinary fields that cut across and integrate different areas in science, engineering and medicine to create breakthroughs in biomedical research. The inaugural conference was hosted by IBN from September 26-29, 2004 in Biopolis, Singapore. The three-day conference was attended by 200 international delegates from around the world, and featured 23 invited talks by leading international experts, as well as 29 contributed presentations and more than 80 scientific posters.

· SBE hosted the second ICBN from September 5-7, 2006 at the University of California, Santa Barbara, USA. In line with its aim of establishing a platform for multidisciplinary collaboration, this event was co-sponsored by the Nanoscale Science and Engineering Forum of AIChE, the California NanoSystems Institute at the University of California, Santa Barbara, the Bindley Bio-Science Center at Purdue University, the Birck Nanotechnology Center and Discovery Park, the National Science Foundation, the American Electrophoresis Society, the American Vacuum Society, as well as the Materials Research Society. ICBN 2006 featured 17 invited lectures, 52 contributed presentations and 64 scientific posters. 183 delegates from 12 countries attended this conference.

· Due to the success of ICBN 2004 and ICBN 2006, as indicated by the tremendous interest and support from the international research community and industry, the conference has been established as an on-going conference series organized by IBN and SBE. ICBN 2007 was hosted by IBN at the Biopolis, Singapore from August 12-15, 2007 and ICBN 2008 by SBE in Dublin, Ireland from July 22-24, 2008.

· ICBN 2010 will be held from August 1-4, 2010 at the Biopolis, Singapore. Hosted by IBN, this conference will feature 24 distinguished invited speakers, including 3 plenary lectures, as well as 26 contributed oral presentations and 62 poster presentations.

About SBE
Established in 2004, the Society for Biological Engineering (SBE) is a technological community for engineers and applied scientists integrating biology and engineering. Members of SBE come from a broad spectrum of industries and disciplines and share in SBE’s mission of realizing the benefits of bioprocessing, biomedical and biomolecular applications. More information is available at www.aiche.org/SBE.

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Contacts:
For media queries and interview requests, please contact:

Elena Tan
Phone : 65 824 7032


Nidyah Sani
Phone: 65 6824 7005


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