The International Society for Biofabrication (ISBF) was founded in 2010 and is a scientific and professional Society, which promotes advances in Biofabrication research, development, education, training, and medical and clinical applications. The ISBF represents the international Biofabrication community and operates as a non-profit organization. The ISBF’s core purpose is to foster scientific and technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. ISBF promotes the interaction between and convergence in the different disciplines of the field of Biofabrication, as well as between basic research and applied practice. Further, the Society aims to promote the cooperation with other scientific organizations and communities.


New Initiative: Engaging Industry to ISBF through Sponsorship

To better fulfill the society’s mission, we are reorganizing the ISBF website to facilitate more interaction throughout the biofabrication community. As such, we have dedicated a Sponsors’ Section to provide up-to-date information on new tools and products available for research. This Sponsors’ Section will provide distinguished industry partners and leaders to showcase their products and technologies.

If you are interested in showcasing your company and products, please click here to visit our registration website. For questions, please contact James Yoo at

Save The Date: 2019 Biofabrication Conference

The 2019 Biofabrication Conference will be held at the Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA from October 20-22, 2019. Please mark you calendar to attend the world’s largest scientific conference on Biofabrication. The meeting information will be forthcoming.

Newly Appointed Officers and Committees

The newly appointed ISBF officers and Board of Directors are committed to grow the Biofabrication community by promoting advances in research development, education and training, and translating technological innovations to biomedical and clinical applications. As such, the Society’s committees have been expanded to facilitate increased activities to achieve this goal. Planned activities of the ISBF committees are shown below.

  • Awards Committee will continue to identify and recognize the contributions of ISBF members with expanded award categories.
  • External Affairs Committee will enhance interactions with other professional societies to facilitate collaboration.
  • Communication and Web Contents Committee will find ways to better communicate with the members of ISBF and provide informative contents.
  • Education Committee will develop programs and activities for young investigators to assist with networking and provide guidance with their career development.
  • Conference Committee will work with conference chairs to organize successful meetings that would benefit all attendees.
  • Industry Relations Committee will engage biofabrication related companies and organizations to ISBF for introducing new and innovative research tools, exchanging knowledge and facilitating collaborations.
  • Membership Committee will actively recruit young and new members to expand the ISBF membership globally, in terms of number and diversity.

Professional Development Courses for Biofabrication

The University of Wollongong, Australia is offering an online graduate certification in biofabrication. They are also offering an online MOOC “Bioprinting: 3D Printing Body Parts” through FutureLearn. Click the below links for more information!

MOOC Course

Graduate Certification Course Flyer 

Graduate Certification Subject Descriptions  

Biofabrication 2018 Conference:  Late-Breaking Abstract Submission Site is NOW OPEN!

The annual meeting of the International Society for Biofabrication (ISBF) will take place at the Congress Center in Würzburg, Germany, from October 28th to October 31st 2018. The objective of this conference is to provide a broad communication venue for multi-disciplinary scientists, researchers, industrial and medical sectors to exchange and disseminate the recent scientific discoveries, research, development and emerging applications in the field of biofabrication.

Late-Breaking Abstract Submission Site is now open. We encourage you to submit your latest research discoveries to share at the upcoming 2018 Biofabrication Conference. Please note that all submissions will be presented in a poster presentation format.

2018 Biofabrication Conference: ISBF Award Winners Announced

The ISBF Awards Committee is happy to announce the 2018 Award winners. The awards will be presented at the 2018 Biofabrication Conference in Würzburg, Germany. This information is also posted on the ISBF and 2018 Biofabrication Conference websites.

ISBF Senior Investigator Award

Vladimir Mironov, 3D Bioprinting Solutions and Sechenov Moscow Medical University, Moscow, Russia

ISBF Young Investigator Award

1st Place: Tiziano Serra, AO Research Institute Davos, Switzerland

2nd Place: Lim Khoon Shen, University of Otago, New Zeland

3rd Place: Naomi Paxton, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

ISBF Travel Award

1) Liliang Ouyang, Imperial College London, UK

2) Philipp Fisch, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

3) Markus Lunzer, TU Wien, Austria

4) Agnes Dobos, TU Wien, Austria

5) Yong Sang Cho, Wonkwang University, Republic of Korea

6) Gianluca Cidonio, University of Southampton, UK

7) Giorgia Montalbano, Politecnico of Turin, Italy

8) César Roberto Alcalá Orozco, University of Otago, New Zealand

WFIRM Young Investigator Award at the 2018 Biofabrication Conference

The WFIRM’s Awards Committee is happy to announce the 2018 Young Investigator Award winner. The award will be presented at the 2018 Biofabrication Conference in Würzburg, Germany. This information is also posted on the ISBF and 2018 Biofabrication Conference websites.

Winner: Kerstin Schneeberger, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands

2018 ISBF Election Update for the Board of Directors

The 2018 ISBF Election for the Board of Directors will be conducted electronically from September 15 – September 30, 2018. All members will receive a separate email to cast vote. Each candidate information will be posted on the ISBF website. The results will be announced at the Annual General Meeting during the 2018 Biofabrication Conference in Würzburg, Germany, as well as posting on the ISBF website.

Visit the 2018 Board of Directors Election page for more information. 

Note: Please register or renew membership online to participate in the election.

2018 ISBF Executive Board Election

The ISBF Board of Directors is happy to announce that Tim Woodfield, Marcy Zenobi-Wong, and Giovanni Vozzi have been unanimously selected as President-Elect, Secretary General, and Treasurer of ISBF, respectively. They will join James Yoo, incoming President, effective January 1, 2019 for a 3 year term ending on December 31, 2021. Congratulations to the newly elected Executive Board members!

2020 Meeting Application is now live

The International Society for Biofabrication is now accepting meeting applications for year 2020. The ISBF Conference is usually held in October and needs to include the support of a Conference Organizing Committee. If you are interested, please complete the Meeting Host Application and return to Tim Woodfield at before September 14, 2018.

Click here to download the 2020 Meeting Host Application

10 Million Euro for Biofabrication Research in Germany

The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation) has approved the establishment of a new Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) with the topic “Biofabrication: from the fundamentals to functional tissue models”. The new CRC will receive a total of €10 million in funding for an initial four-year period, starting on 1 January 2018, with the perspective of a maximum funding over 12 years after re-evaluation every 4 years.

The CRC was granted to a consortium between the universities of Würzburg, Erlangen-Nürnberg and Bayreuth. Spokesperson of the CRC is Prof. Jürgen Groll from the University of Würzburg (email: The CRC comprises 18 projects that are grouped in the three areas bioinks, method development and tissue models, with an initial focus in the advancememt of tailored bioinks and methodology for printing and characterization and the ultimate goal to generate functional human tissue equivalents.

PhD positions will be available from January 2018 on in different topics of biofabrication at the 3 universities. Contacts are Prof. Jürgen Groll (spokesman, contact person for the University of Würzburg), Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini (contact person for the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg) and Prof. Thomas Scheibel (contact person for the University of Bayreuth).

Biofabrication 2018: Save The Date

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