Deciphering Nature's Code: Prof. João Mano's Plenary Address at the 12th World Biomaterials Congress in Korea

In the bustling city of Daegu, Korea, the 12th World Biomaterials Congress (WBC) taking place from May 26th to 31st, 2024, is set to become the epicentre of groundbreaking discoveries in biomaterials research. A global convergence of experts, WBC offers a platform to share the latest knowledge, explore diverse areas of biomaterials research, and celebrate the advancements in this vital field.

Among the distinguished speakers will be Prof. João Mano, the Coordinator of InterLynk from the University of Aveiro. As a plenary speaker, Prof. Mano will take the stage on May 30th, 09:00 - 10:00 (KST/UTC+9), to unravel the secrets behind "The Human Body as the Source of Biomaterials." His talk will delve into the innovative use of human-derived proteins for Tissue Engineering (TE). Prof. Mano's pioneering approach explores materials obtained from platelet lysates and proteins sourced from the amniotic membrane or placenta. These proteins can be chemically modified to generate materials with new or improved properties while maintaining the biochemical features of human tissues. To find out more about his talk, click here to read the entire abstract.

Prof. Mano's talk resonates profoundly with the objectives of InterLynk. The consortium aims to advance musculoskeletal tissue regeneration through the development of multi-tissue 3D patient-specific scaffolds. The utilization of human-derived Platelet Lysates (PL) as a base matrix is a cornerstone of InterLynk's approach. These PL-based hydrogels, combined with reinforcing biomaterials, including bioceramics and polymers, are set to reshape the field of regenerative medicine. The integration of drug carriers, computational tools, and an upgraded additive manufacturing (AM) process further enhances InterLynk's scaffolds. Prof. Mano's talk not only aligns with InterLynk's goals but provides valuable insights, guiding the scientific community towards novel solutions in tissue engineering.

As abstract submissions for WBC 2024 remain open until November 30th, the anticipation builds for a congress that promises to be a nexus of knowledge, collaboration, and scientific breakthroughs. Prof. João Mano's talk will provide valuable insights, offering a glimpse into the potential of human-derived biomaterials in reshaping the landscape of tissue engineering.

Join us in Daegu as we embark on a journey of discovery and celebrate the strides made in this pivotal field. For more information and to submit your abstract, visit WBC 2024.

KEYWORDS: living materials, human proteins, hydrogels, biomaterials