Presenter: 3D Bio-printing: from the petri dish towards whole organ manufacturing (Tomorrow)

Prof. Mark Skylar-Scott is an Assistant Professor of Bioengineering at Stanford (USA), a member of the Basic Science and Engineering Initiative at the Children’s Heart Center in Stanford and an Investigator at the Chan-Zuckerberg Biohub in San Francisco. Mark received his BA and MEng degrees in Engineering at the University of Cambridge (UK) in 2007. For his doctoral thesis under the guidance of Prof. M. Fatih Yanik at MIT, he developed multiphoton photopatterning techniques to print full-length proteins on 2D surfaces and in 3D scaffolds to probe and direct neural and vascular growth. After his PhD, he briefly worked at Formlabs as a materials engineer where he helped to develop their first commercial printer resin. For his postdoctoral research at Harvard and the Wyss Institute with Prof. Jennifer Lewis, he performed 3D bioprinting of thick and vascularised tissues, and created new high-throughput multimaterial multinozzle 3D printing systems. Now at Stanford, he has received the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award and an ARPA-H Award to support the development of new 3D printing hardware, wetware, and software to accelerate cardiovascular tissue engineering towards thick, vascularised and functionally therapeutic organs.