Discount Offered on ISBF Membership until December 31, 2019

For those of you who could not attend the 2019 Biofabrication Conference in Columbus, Ohio, this is a reminder to renew your ISBF membership TODAY. ISBF offers a 10% discount on the registration of new and renewal membership through December 31, 2019. The benefits of membership include 1) Free online access to the ISBF’s official journal, Biofabrication, 2) Participation in the Society’s activities, including voting rights and award programs, 3) Posting career opportunities on the ISBF website, 4) Receiving the ISBF Newsletters, and 5) Reduced registration fee for the annual Biofabrication Conference.

Please follow the link to register/renew your membership TODAY. Enter discount code 10OFF at checkout.


ISBF Welcomes New Board Members

The Executive Board of Directors would like to welcome the newly elected ISBF Board Members. The term of service is 3 years beginning on January 1, 2020 and ending on December 31, 2022.

Newly Elected Board Members:

  1. Sarah Heilshorn, Stanford University, USA
  2. Gordon Wallace, University of Wollongong, Australia
  3. Riccardo Levato, University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands
  4. Aleksandr Ovsianikov, Technische Universität Wien, Austria

Save The Date: 2020 Biofabrication Conference

The 2020 Biofabrication Conference will be held at the University of Wollongong, Australia from September 27-30, 2020. Please mark you calendar to attend the world’s largest scientific conference on Biofabrication. The meeting information will be forthcoming.

Important Dates: 
Abstract Deadline: February 24, 2020

The ISBF Conference Committee and Board of Directors are pleased to select Pisa, Italy as the 2021 Biofabrication Conference location. Please save the date (September 26-29, 2021) on your calendar.


2019 ISBF Award Winners Announced

The ISBF Awards Committee is pleased to announce the 2019 Award winners. The awards will be presented at the 2019 Biofabrication Conference in Columbus, Ohio, USA.

ISBF Senior Investigator Award
Dong-Woo Cho, Pohang University of Science & Technology (POSTECH), Korea

ISBF Mid-Career Investigator Award
Ferry PW Melchels, Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom

ISBF Young Investigator Award
1st Place: Gabriella CJ Lindberg, University of Otago, New Zealand
2nd Place: Jihoon Park, Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM), USA
3rd Place: Ashkan Shafiee, Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM), USA

ISBF Travel Award
1) Jinyang Li, University of Maryland, USA
2) Jihoon Park, WFIRM, USA
3) Benjamin Kessel, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich), Switzerland
4) Jannika T. Paulamaki, University of Bergen, Norway
5) Anne Metje van Genderen, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
6) Manuella Estermann, University of Friobourg, Switzerland
7) Joanna Babilotte, Université de Bordeaux, France
8) Irene Chiesa, University of Pisa, Italy

2019 WFIRM Young Investigator Award
The WFIRM’s Awards Committee is happy to announce the 2019 Young Investigator Award winner. The award will be presented at the 2019 Biofabrication Conference in Columbus, Ohio.
Winner: Saigopalakrishna Yerneni, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA


2019 ISBF Election Update for the Board of Directors

The 2019 ISBF Election for the Board of Directors will be conducted electronically from September 15 – September 30, 2019. All members will receive a separate email to cast vote. The results will be announced at the Annual General Meeting during the 2019 Biofabrication Conference in Columbus, Ohio, as well as posting on the ISBF website.

Visit the 2019 Board of Directors Election page for more information.

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


2021 Biofabrication Conference Solicitation of Proposals

The International Society for Biofabrication (ISBF) holds its annual meetings in different continents each year; China (2017), Germany (2018), USA (2019), Australia (2020). The 2021 meeting is planned to be held in Europe. The ISBF would like to announce the solicitation of proposals to host the 2021 Biofabrication Conference in Europe.

If you are interested in hosting the 2021 Biofabrication Conference, please contact Professor Juergen Groll, Chair of Meetings Committee (juergen.groll@fmz.uni-wuerzburg.de) to request a meeting host application form.

The deadline for submitting proposals for the 2021 Biofabrication Conference is August 31, 2019.


Call for Nominations: 2019 ISBF Election

The ISBF Executive Board would like to invite nominations for three (3) new Board Members. The terms of the Board Members are three (3) years. Reappointment is possible. The nominees that you suggest for the ISBF position must be a member, in good standing.

When providing your recommendations of nominees, please email Marcy Zenobi-Wong (marcy.zenobi@hest.ethz.ch) with the contact information of the nominee, as well as, a brief statement on why you are proposing this person as a board member of ISBF.

Important Dates:
Nominations are due Monday July 31, 2019
Election: September 15 – September 30, 2019.

The results will be announced at the Annual General Meeting during the 2019 Biofabrication Conference in Columbus, Ohio, USA, as well as posting on the ISBF website.


ISBF Award Opportunities for the 2019 Biofabrication Conference

The ISBF award categories include A) Senior Investigator Award (1x), B) Mid-Career Investigator Award (1x), C) ISBF’s young investigator awards (3x), and 4) Student Travel Awards (8x). The awards will be presented at the Biofabrication 2019 Conference in Columbus, Ohio, USA. All eligible individuals are encouraged to apply. Details are posted on the ISBF and 2019 Biofabrication Conference websites. Awards include:

ISBF Senior Investigator Award
The purpose of the ISBF’s Senior Investigator Award is to recognize a senior investigator who has made significant scientific contributions to the field of biofabrication. Read More

ISBF Mid-Career Investigator Award
The purpose of the ISBF’s Mid-Career Investigator Award is to recognize a mid-career investigator who has made significant scientific contributions to the field of biofabrication. The nominated individuals must have completed their training, received their terminal degree 5 years or more from the time of the award, and be actively contributing to the field of biofabrication. An individual nominated for the ISBF’s Mid-Career Investigator Award MUST be a member of the ISBF and MUST attend the 2019 Biofabrication Conference in Columbus, Ohio, USA. Read More

ISBF Young Investigator Award
The purpose of the ISBF’s Young Investigator award is to recognize outstanding achievements by members of the International Society for Biofabrication (ISBF) who are in the early stages of a career in the field of Biofabrication. Read More

ISBF Travel Award for the 2019 Biofabrication Conference
The purpose of the ISBF’s Travel Awards is to foster the careers of students and trainees in the field of biofabrication by encouraging them to participate in the 2018 Biofabrication Conference to further develop their scientific minds, interact with other scientists in the field, establish networking and refine their presentation skills. Eight travel awards will be given to students/trainees this year. Read More

WFIRM Young Investigator’s Award at the 2019 Biofabrication Conference
The Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) Young Investigator Award is intended to recognize outstanding achievements by members of the International Society for Biofabrication (ISBF) who are in the early stages of career in biofabrication.  We are pleased to request nominations for the award to be given at the 2019 Biofabrication Conference in Columbus, Ohio, USA.

The WFIRM Young Investigator Award will be presented to one individual in the early stages of their research careers (graduate student or post-doctoral fellow). The awardee will be presented with a certificate or plaque and a monetary award of $1000 (US). Read More


Renew or Register for ISBF Membership

For those of you who did not attend the 2018 Biofabrication Conference in Wurzberg, Germany, this is a reminder to renew your ISBF membership TODAY. The benefits of membership include 1)  Free online access to the ISBF’s official journal, Biofabrication, 2) Participation in the Society’s activities, including voting rights and award programs, 3) Posting career opportunities on the ISBF website, and 4) Receiving the ISBF Newsletters

Please follow the link to register/renew your membership TODAY.


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 jyoo@wakehealth.edu.


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.

Important Dates: 
Abstract and Workshop Proposal Deadline: May 17, 2019


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  


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 tim.woodfield@otago.ac.nz 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: trr225@fmz.uni-wuerzburg.de). 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).