Panelists: Current Research Trends in Medical Technology and Biomaterials


David Eglin

Dr. David Eglin is Principal Investigator at the AO Research Institute Davos in Switzerland. He has extensive expertise in the synthesis and the processing of responsive biomaterials. His group is notably using additive manufacturing technologies for both basic understanding of biomaterials and cells interaction, and for translational research in the orthopaedic field. In 2011, he was given the Jean Leray award by the European Society for Biomaterials for outstanding research. 


Stephen Ferguson

Stephen Ferguson has been Professor of Biomechanics at the Institute for Biomechanics, Department of Health Sciences and Technology, since 2011. The focus of Professor Ferguson's research is the study of the mechanical and biological mechanisms of musculoskeletal disorders and injuries and the use of innovative technologies for their treatment. From 2000 - 2011 he was head of the Biomechanics Division, Institute for Surgical Technology and Biomechanics, at the University of Bern.


Diego Ghezzi

Prof. Diego Ghezzi holds the Medtronic Chair in Neuroengineering at the EPFL Institute of Bioengineering. He received his M.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering (2004) and Ph.D. in Bioengineering (2008) from Politecnico di Milano. From 2008 to 2013, he completed his postdoctoral training at Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia in Genova at the department of Neuroscience and Brain Technologies; where he was promoted Researcher in 2013. In 2015, he was appointed as Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Bioengineering at EPFL.


Martin Proenca

Dr. Martin Proença received the Master’s Degree in electrical engineering from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in 2011, with a specialization in digital signal processing of biomedical data. He then obtained the PhD degree from the EPFL in the field of hemodynamic monitoring by electrical impedance tomography. He is now working as a Senior R&D Engineer at the Centre Suisse d’Electronique et de Microtechnique (CSEM), Neuchâtel.


Markus Rottmar

Markus Rottmar is a molecular biologist working in the field of cell-biomaterial interaction for more than 10 years and leads the group “Cells at surfaces” in the Biointerfaces lab at Empa since 2014. He is interested in understanding how cells and tissues interact with biomaterials and how materials can be tailored to steer a desired cellular response. Research projects in his group focus on improving osseointegration of implant materials, controlling blood-material interaction as well as on different aspects of skin wound healing.


Erik Schkommodau

He works as head of the Institute for Medical and Analytical Technologies at the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland. He obtained his PhD from the Helmholtz-Institute RWTH. Among other things, he is president of the SSBE, a council member of the European Alliance for Medical Engineering and Sciences. He co-founded a number of start-ups in Switzerland and Germany and has been involved in more than 30 industry projects in the field of surgical navigation, implant design and medical additive manufacturing.