Pictured left to right: Joachim Kohn, Abhay Pandit, Andrés García, and Serena Best

A Fellows Session was hosted at ESB 2018 and we are happy to report it was a great success! The approximately 100 attendees enjoyed listening to and engaging the speakers who presented on “The One Billion Euro Gamble: Are these the next four highest impact investment opportunities in biomaterials science?”

Thank you to the speakers and attendees for making this such an engaging event! The winner of the debate was Serena Best, CBE, FREng, FIMM, FBSE, earning 29 votes for her talk on “Making Sense of Early Disease Detection: The Biomaterials Approach”

The “Special Fellows Session” is organized by the International College of Fellows of Biomaterials Science and Engineering (ICF-BSE). Fellows of Biomaterials Science and Engineering (FBSE) are elected in a worldwide competition every four years and are among the most accomplished in the field of biomaterials. Special Fellows Sessions explore important and sometimes controversial topics and are designed to be interactive: the audience will have an opportunity to participate in the debate and will vote on the issues.

This year a group of four fellows presented major challenges and opportunities for investment in biomaterial science that will fundamentally change health care. Each of the opportunities were carefully evaluated prior to being selected for presentation. After all presentations have been completed, the audience acted as investors and voted on which of the opportunities they would invest in.

Moderator and Chair:

Joachim Kohn, PhD, FBSE



Serena Best, CBE, FREng, FIMM, FBSE – Making Sense of Early Disease Detection: The Biomaterials Approach

Andrés J. García, Ph.D., FBSE –  Engineering Immunomodulatory Biomaterials for Graft Acceptance

Joachim Kohn, PhD, FBSE – Synthetic Extracellular Matrix to Capture the Promise of Regenerative Medicine

Abhay Pandit,Ph.D.,MS, MPH, FBSE – Sweet Encounters—The Next Biomaterials Frontier