2024-2028 Steering Committee Candidate:

Diego Mantovani


Affiliation: Director, Lab Biomaterials and Bioengineering; Full Professor, Dept Min-Met-Materials Eng, Senior Scientist, Regenerative Medicine, University Hospital Research Center, Laval University, Quebec city, Canada

Diego Mantovani, Ph.D. Ing. FBSE, FASM, FAIMBE, FCAE, is the Director of Laboratory for Biomaterials and Bioengineering at Laval University, in Canada. Full professor in the dept of Min-Met-Materials Eng. since 2010, senior scientist in regenerative medicine at the University Hospital Center of Quebec City, Diego Mantovani is a recognized world specialist in Biomaterials. He is proud member of the Canadian Biomaterials Society since 1992, when he was Master student. Within his team, today his research focus on surface modifications by plasma, thin polymer functional films, cell-materials interactions, degradable metals, and gel-based scaffolds and bioreactors for the regeneration of tissue, including cardiovascular, cerebral, dental, and parenchymal.

Since 2012, he is the holder of the Canada Research Chair Tier 1 (comparable to a EEC Advanced ERC) in Biomaterials and Bioengineering for the Innovation in Surgery, a highly competitive 16 years continuous funding to boost long term economic growth by advancing scientific and technological innovation. He was (2013-2018) Adjunct Director of the Regenerative Medicine Division of the CHU of Québec city, regrouping 50 scientists including clinicians, and 300 young scientists). He authored more than 400 original articles (including Nature Cardiology, Nature Protocols, Langmuir, PNAS, Bioactive Materials, Materials Today, Acta Biomaterialia, Biomaterials), holds 5 patents, and presented more than 300 keynotes, invited and seminar lectures worldwide in the field of advanced materials for biomedical and health applications. His works has been cited more than 16,000 times and his H-factor is 63 (GoogleScholar).

He was president of the Canadian Society for Biomaterials, and Chair of the International Symposium on Surfaces and Interfaces for Biomaterials in 2013 and 2019. In 2009, with Prof Frank Witte (Berlin Charité, D), he founded the Biometal Annual Conferences series devoted to Biodegradable Metals for Biomedical Applications focused on temporary implants for temporary life support systems, that is an annual event since then also thanks to the collaboration OF Dr Yufeng Zheng (Peking University, PRC) and Mark Staiger (Uof Canterbury, NZ).

In 2012, he was elected Fellow of the World Biomaterials Science and Engineering Society, in 2016 Fellow of the American Society for Materials Intl., in 2019 Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, in 2020 Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and in 2021 Distinguished Scientists of Thermec. He is regularly invited to participate in Health Canada medical devices, and to seat in ISO and FDA panels for degradable metals regulatory processes. In 2016, he was Co-Chair and Executive Director of the 10th World Biomaterials Congress bringing together in Montreal more than 3000 scientists from 67 countries. He is member of the advisory board of three medical devices consortia in the Americas, Europe and Asia, on an exclusive and unique basis (by theme). Since 2021, he is included in the most cited 1% of world scientists in Stanford ranking.

Vision & Purpose:

I humbly propose my candidature as member of the Steering Committee for the ICFBSE for the 2024-2028 term because the following three reasons:

1) I intend to serve the World Biomaterials Science and Engineering Community interests toward members, connected societies, influencing organisms such as national and international funding agencies, regulatory bodies;

2) I intend to leverage on what I learned and I was teach during the last years, in particular in term of planning and running high quality events, both at scientific and human levels, for continuously improve the richness and the coagulant effect on young scientists in particular of our 4-years World Congress;

3) I feel it is the time for me to give back to our Society and members what I was given, so generously, from past members, and activities in the last 30 years. I am ready for that, and I am ready to commit myself to bring high the flag of World Biomaterials Science and Engineering Community.

I agree to be nominated and I am willing to serve as a member of the Steering Committee 2024-2028.