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Mikos wins AIChE Food, Pharmaceutical and Bioengineering Award

By Shawn Hutchins
Rice BIOE News

Antonios MikosAntonios Mikos is the 2010 recipient of the Food, Pharmaceutical and Bioengineering Award in Chemical Engineering of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) for his outstanding achievements in tissue engineering and controlled drug delivery, service to academia, and the field of chemical engineering.

AIChE, the world’s leading organization for chemical engineering professionals, will formally present Mikos with a plaque and a $4,000 honorarium during a special session at the society’s annual meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, Nov. 7-12, 2010. At that time, he will deliver a plenary lecture.

Mikos, the Louis Calder Professor of Bioengineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, director of the John W. Cox Laboratory for Biomedical Engineering, and director of the Center for Excellence in Tissue Engineering, is a pioneer in the field of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. His work has led to the development and application of novel orthopaedic, dental, cardiovascular, neurologic, and ophthalmologic biomaterials.

For nearly two decades, he has led research efforts to develop biomaterial strategies for tissue regeneration. Of particular interest to him is the production of novel biodegradable tissue engineering scaffolds that can be tailored with appropriate mechanical and biological signals to regenerate specific tissues. For example, Mikos and his laboratory have developed a variety of biodegradable polymers for the controlled delivery of bioactive agents and/or progenitor stem cell populations to promote regeneration of orthopedic tissues, such as bone and cartilage.

In recent years, his laboratory has been involved in highly collaborative projects with the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine to develop innovative tissue engineering strategies to treat wounded military personnel and to accelerate translation of regenerative medicine technologies from the laboratory bench to the clinic.

To his name Mikos has 25 patents. He is the author of over 400 publications that have been cited more than 15,000 times, editor of 14 books, and co-author of the award-winning textbook Biomaterials: The Intersection of Biology and Materials Science. He is a founding editor and editor-in-chief of the journals Tissue Engineering Part A, Tissue Engineering Part B: Reviews, and Tissue Engineering Part C: Methods. He serves as an editorial board member to 10 journals, including: Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews, Cell Transplantation, Journal of Biomaterials Science Polymer Edition, Journal of Biomedical Materials Research (Part A and B), and Journal of Controlled Release.

Mikos is known across academia and the biomedical industry for the short course Advances in Tissue Engineering, an event he has organized since 1993. Also, through the Center for Excellence in Tissue Engineering, he established an education outreach program in the science and technology of tissue engineering designed for teachers, professionals, and industry executives.

Mikos is president of the North American Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society, and fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, the International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering, and of the Biomedical Engineering Society.

In addition to receiving the Food, Pharmaceutical and Bioengineering Award in Chemical Engineering and the Alpha Chi Sigma Award for Chemical Engineering Research from the AIChE, Mikos’ efforts in research and education have been recognized by the Robert A. Pritzker Distinguished Lecturer Award of the Biomedical Engineering Society; the Meriam/Wiley Distinguished Author Award and the Chemstations Lectureship Award of the American Society for Engineering Education; the Edith and Peter O’Donnell Award in Engineering of The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas; the Marshall R. Urist Award for Excellence in Tissue Regeneration Research of the Orthopaedic Research Society; the Clemson Award for Contributions to the Literature of the Society for Biomaterials; and the Outstanding Chemical Engineer Award of Purdue University.

Mikos earned a Chemical Engineering degree from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece in 1983, and a doctorate in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University in 1988. From 1990-1991, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard Medical School.