Confirmed keynote speakers 2019
David Kaplan is the Stern Family Endowed Professor of Engineering at Tufts University and a Distinguished University Professor. He is Professor and Chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, with a joint appointment at Tufts Medical School and in the Department of Chemistry. His research focus is on biopolymer engineering to understand structure-function relationships for biomaterials, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Since 2004, he has directed the NIH P41 Tissue Engineering Resource Center (TERC) that involves Tufts University and Columbia University. He has published over 800 peer reviewed papers. He is the editor-in-chief of ACS Biomaterials Science and Engineering and serves on many editorial boards and programs for journals and universities. His lab has been responsible for over 100 patents issued or allowed, and numerous start up companies. He has received also received a number of awards for his research and teaching.
Dr. Mona E. Pedersen is a research scientist at the Food Research Institute in Norway, Nofima. Her main interests are the extracellular matrix and in particular how this is important for skeletal muscle growth and development, tissue regeneration and food quality. She has more than 18 years of experience in the field of extracellular matrix biology, has trained several students and postdocs, and as a member of staff of one of Europa’s largest food research institute, her research explore the possibility of using extracellular matrix components in food and health related issues, as well as exploring novel use of bi-products from food industry. She is currently exploring how bioactive components recovered from by-products from the food industry can be formulated into serum-free media for large-scale muscle cell growth.
Tatsuya Shimizu is now director & professor of Institute of Advanced Biomedical Engineering and Science, Tokyo Women’s Medical University (TWMU). He graduated from Faculty of Medicine, the University of Tokyo and got medical doctor (M.D.) in 1992. After two-year clinical training, He made a specialty of cardiovascular medicine including catheterization and got his Ph.D in 1999. After that, he moved to TWMU and started tissue engineering research based on “cell sheet technology” especially for heart regeneration. Now, his recent work is engineering various types of functional 3-D tissues & organs for regenerative therapy, drug screening and food fabrication.
Managing Director, Europe
Richard leads GFI’s work in Europe. He worked as Special Adviser to the UK Prime Minister between 2012 and 2016, and as Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for International Development from 2010-12 and 2016-18. In government, his main focus was on international development policy, and he worked closely on the formation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Richard holds an MA in Modern History from Oxford University