Panelists: Current Research Trends in Medical Technology and Biomaterials



Michael de Wild

Michael de Wild gained industrial experience in the R&D department of Endress+Hauser as a sensor engineer before he entered Swiss MedTech and worked as a research scientist at Straumann AG developing and commercialising new biomaterials and production processes for dental implants. Since 2007 he has been a full professor at the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW), Institute for Medical and Analytical Technologies. His main research activities include surface and materials sciences for implant development. He has also been a member of the programme committee of the Medical Cluster Conference [MEET THE EXPERT] Material and Surface Technology for Implants since 2010.


David Eglin

Dr. David Eglin is Principal Investigator and leader of the Polymers team at the AO Research Institute Davos in Switzerland. He has extensive expertise in the synthesis and the processing of responsive materials based on biopolymers such as hyaluronic acid and collagen. 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, David Eglin was given the Jean Leray award by the European Society for Biomaterials for outstanding research contributions to the field of biomaterials. He has published over 90 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, as well as 8 patents.

Katharina Maniura

Katharina Maniura is head of the Biointerface lab at Empa, the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, an interdisciplinary research institute within the ETH Domain. Her scientific and research interest is focused on biomaterials, biointerfaces, surface modification, cell scaffold materials and most importantly, the characterisation of the biological response to materials.

For this predictive in vitro models for mammalian cell response and models for bacterial response are being developed. Katharina Maniura is the current president of the Swiss Society for Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine, SSB+RM.


Erik Schkommodau

Erik Schkommodau works as head of the Institute for Medical and Analytical Technologies at the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland. He studied Electrical Engineering at RWTH-Aachen and obtained his PhD from the Helmholtz-Institute RWTH in Aachen. Among other things, he is president of the Swiss Society of Biomedical Engineering, a council member of the European Alliance for Medical Engineering and Sciences, advisor to the German Society for Biomedical Engineering. 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.


Wendelin Stark

Wendelin Stark is a full professor at the Institute for Chemical and Bioengineering at the ETH Zurich and holds the chair in Functional Materials Engineering. His research combines materials with specific functions for medical or industrial use.

He has developed nanoparticles for environmental applications i.e. to increase energy efficiency in water and solvent purification, to enable large-scale remediation or for more environmentally friendly catalytic processes. He has pioneered inherent safety aspects in nanoparticle applications and toxicology during industrial product design.


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