Welcome to the nano-scale: from science to health application

12. September, 12:30 - September 13, 2019 18:00 , Empa, Dübendorf, Akademie

TOPIC

Nanotechnology, personalized medicine and machine learning are future and emerging technologies (FETs) with a tremendous potential to influence the development of innovative materials-enabled health care solutions. However, a careful safety assessment is required to avoid social and economic drawbacks, particularly during the first stages of implementation. This can only be achieved with an open, target-oriented and trans-disciplinary exchange between academia, industry and regulatory bodies.

 

This two-day event will focus on two novel projects showcasing cooperation efforts:

 

- "GoNanoBioMat" aims at enabling cooperation to work on the development and production of polymeric nanobiomaterials for drug delivery implementing a Safe-by-Design (SbD) approach.

- The CCMX Materials Challenge “NanoScreen” presents a unique combination of interdisciplinary expertise, addressing fundamental knowledge and methodologies to support the safe use of nanomaterials.

   

PRELIMINARY PROGRAM

 

Thursday – September 12, 2019

 

NanoScreen session

 

12:00

Registration

12:30

Welcoming address

 

Alex Dommann, Empa

12:40

Introduction - Competence Centre for Materials Science and Technology CCMX

 

Karen Scrivener, EPFL

12:50  

Introduction - ProSafe

 

Tom van Teunenbroek, NANoREG

13:00

Introduction of Empa activities, NanoScreen, GoNanoBioMat and contactpointnano.ch

 

Peter Wick, Empa

13:10

Reliable nano-safety

 

em. Prof. Peter Gehr

13:40

Particles Synthesis and characterization in alignment with NANoREG 1+2

 

Heinrich Hofmann, em. EPFL

14:10

Break

14:30 

The next level of nanoparticle characterization

 

Matthias Rösslein, Empa

15:00

Reliable methodology for nano-safety in vitro

 

Cordula Hirsch, Empa

15:30

Future of safety assessment: advanced in vitro model

 

Claudia Hempt, Empa

16:00

Accessibility of research output to support industry for Industry – European Nanomedicine Characterization Laboratory (EUNCL) and contactpointnano.ch

 

Peter Wick, Empa

17:00

Guided NEST tours (max 60 people)

18:00

Apéro riche for all participants at NEST

  

 

Friday – September 13, 2019

 

GoNanoBioMat session

 

08:30

Introduction to the GoNanoBioMat project

 

Peter Wick, Empa

08:35

Implementing Safe-by-Design (SbD) approach for nano-based drug delivery systems

 

Mélanie Schmutz, Empa

08:45

Regulation in nanomedicine

 

Robert Geertsma, ‎RIVM

09:15

Material design for drug delivery

 

Gerrit Borchard, University of Geneva

09:35

Case study: design of polyhydroxyalkanoates for medical applications

 

Manfred Zinn, HES-SO Valais-Wallis

09:55

Break

10:30

Use of molecular modeling as a reliable tool in material and device design

 

Tommaso Casalini, SUPSI

10:50

Use of (quantitative) structure activity relationships for predicting toxicity

 

Adriana Isvoran, West University of Timisoara

11:20

Human health risks of polymeric nanobiomaterials: immunotox perspective

 

Olga Borges, University of Coimbra

11:40

Environmental risks of polymeric nanobiomaterials

 

Marina Hauser, Empa

12:00

Presentation of the guideline to implement the Safe-by-Design approach for nanobiomaterials

 

Claudia Som, Empa

12:30

Lunch

  

Industrial view session

 

13:30

Hightech Zentrum Aargau

 

Marcus Morstein

13:50

Acrostak AG

 

Roger Christinger

14:10  

Evonik

 

tbd

14:30

Vifor

 

Stefan Mühlebach

14:50

Closing remarks

 

Peter Wick, Empa

15:00

Internal meeting (NanoScreen, GoNanoBioMat and contactpointnano.ch Members)

 

EXHIBITION BOOTHS

You are encouraged to participate as an exhibitor and present your work in the area.

If you are interested in participating, please contact us at  contactpointnano@empa.ch

Kindly bear in mind that spaces are limited. All requests will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

REGISTRATION AND ACCOMMODATION

Kindly follow this link and register now.

 

Registration for project partners: kindly contact and register directly with Ana Milosevic, ana.milosevic@empa.ch

 

Find here a list of recommended hotels in the area.

 

 

 

This event is hosted by contactpointnano.ch

  

ABOUT CONTACTPOINTNANO.CH

contactpointnano.ch is an independent national platform offering a unique service: by pooling the scientific and regulatory expert knowledge available in Switzerland on the safe handling of synthetic nanomaterials, it assists the transfer from invention to innovation and helps Start-ups as well as established Swiss companies to remain internationally competitive.