Wednesday, June 5
On Friday, March 31, over 200 attendees converged on the 2019 Texas Biomaterials Day symposium at the BioScience Research Collaborative. Located in the Texas Medical Center, the event was a salute to the field and showcased innovations in biomaterials research—from industry leaders and from student researchers eager to present their work. Organized by Rice bioengineers Jordan Miller and Omid Veiseh, the day was created by the Society for Biomaterials and is held annually in six regions throughout the U.S.
The day kicked off with an energizing talk from Johnson & Johnson Innovations CEO Billy Cohn. Invited speakers included organizers Miller and Veiseh, as well as Texas A&M University bioengineer Akhilesh Gaharwar, University of Houston bioengineer Renita Horton, Rice neuroengineer Jacob Robinson and Rachael Sirianni of UTHealth Medical School. Adam Feinberg of Carnegie Mellon and Regen Bio was the keynote speaker and he discussed his team’s research on 3D printing collagen to rebuild a human heart.