The members of the scientific committee select oral contributions and candidates who are eligible for a grant.
They are also chair persons during the conference sessions, and evaluate student orals and posters presentation for best student contribution prizes.
André Brodkorb, Teagasc Food Research Centre, Moorepark, Ireland
Dr André Brodkorb is a senior researcher in the Teagasc Food Research Centre Moorepark, Ireland. His main scientific interest in the structure/function relationship of food proteins “from source to delivery”. Some of the more recent work dealt with process-induced changes in food structure and their effect on the fate of food during gastro-intestinal transit in vitro and in vivo. This experience in structuring of food or food components was applied for the development of encapsulation devices for the delivery of small bioactive food components but also larger probiotic bacteria in microgels.
Paul de Vos, University Medical Center Groningen, The Netherlands
The de Vos group has a major focus on cell-encapsulation for treatment of disease. The group has been instrumental in identifying causes of bioincomatibility. During recent years we have designed new approaches to support longevity of encapsulated cellular grafts. The group has published more than 150 scientific papers on the subject.
Stephan Drusch, TU-Berlin, Germany
Stephan Drusch is Professor for Food Technology and Food Material Science at the Technische Universität Berlin. He studied at the University of Kiel (Diploma, PhD) and worked as a researcher in the dairy industry, at the University of Kiel and the University of Milan. His research activities focus on structure-function relationships in food processing with emphasis on dispersed systems and the encapsulation of food ingredients.
Luis Fonseca, IST-Lisbon, Portugal
Luis Fonseca obtained his PhD at Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal in 1995. He is is Associate Professor at the Department of Bioengineering of Instituto Superior Técnico (I.S.T.), Lisboa at University of Lisbon (UL). His current research focus on the use of oil-in-water emulsions in particular nano emulsions for production of fruit flavors by enzyme esterification that led later to the design and development of encapsulation method based on hydrogels and lipid nano particles of a range of high-value products from flavors and fragrances, emollients, specialty and fine chemicals, nutraceutical and pharmaceutical that led to the development of actual NanoLipCar Technology at I.S.T.
Corinne Hoesli, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Cellular therapy may revolutionize the treatment of degenerative diseases such as diabetes. Several stem cell-based cellular therapy products are already used to treat a limited number of severe diseases. The broad clinical application of cell-based products would require significant advances in process optimisation to reduce production costs. The research in the Hoesli lab focuses on designing novel bioprocesses and bioreactors to manufacture cell-based therapeutic products. A highly scaleable cell encapsulation process was developed to culture stem cells in 3D hydrogels. To overcome the oxygen limitations inherent to immobilized cell culture, Prof. Hoesli’s team is now developing perfused cell culture methods using 3D printing.
Gabriela Kuncova, ICPF-Prague, Czech Republic
Gabriela Kuncova obtained in 1979 her PhD in Organic Chemistry, at the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, Prague. From 1979 to 1989 she participated in development of technology of drawing and coating of optical fibres. Since 1998 she is a head of the group of Immobilized Biomaterials and Optical Sensors of the Institute of Chemical Process Fundamentals ASCR, Prague. Her research interests are immobilization of biological materials into organic-inorganic matrices, optical measurement in reactors, enzyme and whole-cell biosensors, biodegradation with immobilized biocatalysts. She participated in Bioencapsulation Workshops since 1996. Author or co-author 72 original papers, 9 reviews and parts of the monographs, 15 patents, 124 presentations at international conferences. 546 citations without self-citations (Web of Science Core Collection).
Igor Lacik, Polymer Institute of the SAS, Bratislava, Slovakia
Igor Lacík, PhD, DSc. is the Director of the Polymer Institute SAS in Bratislava, Slovakia, and the Head of Department for Biomaterials Research (www.polymer.sav.sk). His main research interests cover polymer biomaterials in general, specifically microcapsules for cell encapsulation in diabetes treatment, and kinetics of radical polymerization of water soluble monomers in aqueous solutions.
Christophe Lacroix, ETH-Zurich, Switzerland
Christophe Lacroix was trained in food engineering, and is Professor for Food Biotechnology, Department of Health Science and Technology, ETH-Zurich, since 2002, after being Professor of Dairy Biotechnology for 18 years at the Université Laval, Quebec, Canada. His main research interests include the fundamental and technological characterization of functional microbes and their roles in food and intestinal ecosystems, with multidisciplinary system-oriented aspects. This includes ecosystem study and microbe screening and characterization, functional studies and mechanisms, microbial technology, and intestinal research (from
in vitro modeling to in vivo human studies).
Elena Markvicheva, Shemyakin-Ovchinnikov Inst. of Bioorg. Chem. RAS, Moscow, Russia
Elena Markvicheva got her PhD (1992) and then her second degee (Dr Sci) in 2006 at Shemyakin-Ovchinnikov Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow, Russia). Presently she works as a Prof at this institute. Her research interests deal with bioencapsulation of tumor cells, anticancer drug delivery, 3D in vitro models for testing anticancer drugs and nanocarriers, encapsulation of bioactive molecules (peptides, proteins, DNA plasmids etc), biomaterials (microcarriers, hydrogels, nanofibers) for tissue engineering.
Ronald J. Neufeld, Quenn's University, Kingston Canada
Ron Neufeld has degrees in Cell Biology and Chemical/BioEngineering, has worked in Engineering and Process Development in Industry, and as Professor of Chemical Engineering at McGill and Queen's Universities in Canada. His research interests are in micro and nanoencapsulation and controlled delivery of biological and bioactive materials.
Anant Patel, Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Anant Patel holds a research professorship of process engineering at his university and focusses on fermentation and formulation materials, methods and technology. On-going research deals with fermentation and formulation of endophytic entomopathogenic fungi, attract-and-kill and push-and-pull formulations, drying of Gram-negative bacteria, seed treatment with bird repellants, chemoenzymatic one-pot synthesis, entrapment of microalgae, azadirachthin production and bioprinting of enzymes and living cells.
Catarina Pinto Reis, ULHT/CBIOS Lisbon, Portugal
Catarina Pinto Reis obtained her PhD in Pharmacy (Pharmaceutical Technology) at University of Coimbra in 2008. Since 2007, she is Professor at the Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias (Lisbon, Portugal) and more recently member of IBEB (FCUL), Coordinator of Development of Delivery Systems Group (DDS, CBIOS, ULHT) and Director of Innovation of CBIOS (ULHT). Her research is based on the design and evaluation of micro- and nanoparticles (metallic, polymeric, ceramic, lipidic, hybrid, etc.) for drug (treatment and/or diagnostics);
in vivo efficacy and safety assessments using animal models; pre-clinical toxicity assessment and development of food supplements, medical devices and cosmetics.
Bruno Sarmento, i3S/INEB, Porto Portugal
Bruno Sarmento obtained his PhD in Pharmaceutical Technology at University of Porto, Portugal. He is Affiliated Researcher at Institute of Investigation and Innovation in Health (i3S) and Institute of Biomedical Engineering (INEB), University of Porto, Portugal, and Assistant Professor of Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical Technology at IUCS, Gandra, Portugal. His current research is focused on the development of functionalized nanomedicines and their application in the pharmaceutical and biomedical fields. In particular, nanoformulations of biopharmaceutical drugs with interest in diabetes, cancer and infectious diseases. He published more than 180 papers in international peer reviewed (ISI) journals, most in top, 34 book chapters and more than 180 proceedings. He edited 4 books, participated in more than 50 invited/selected talks in national and international meetings and was awarded several distinctions. He is member of the Editorial Advisory Board of 10 international journals and has acted as referee for top-ranked journals in his area of expertise, and for international funding agencies.
Thierry Vandamme, Strasbourg University, France
Thierry Vandamme obtained his PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences in 1994 at the catholic University of Louvain in Belgium. After its PhD thesis, he carried out two post-doctoral training courses, the first one at the University of Stanford in California and the second one at the School of Pharmacy in London In 1996, he became lecturer at the University Louis Pasteur of Strasbourg and was promoted Professor in Biogalenics in February 2005. His research activities are based on the developments of new systems of delivery of drugs and on bioencapsulation. His research activities and his laboratory are located in the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Strasbourg.
Christine Wandrey, EPFL-Lausanne, Switzerland
Christine Wandrey obtained her PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) in 1980, Academy of Sciences, Germany, and her Habilitation (Dr. rer. nat. habit.; physical chemistry) in 1997, at Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces and University of Potsdam Germany. She works since 1996 at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne - EPFL (1999 Private Docent, 2005 Maître d’enseignement et de recherche). Her research fields are polyelectrolytes, biomaterials (hydrogels); bioencapsulation; analytical ultracentrifugation. She retired from active research in 2015, but currently has accreditation as academic guest at the EPFL.