Program 2024

Hear about exciting science and technologies across experimental and computational disciplines in the Biointerfaces community, from Swiss and international research teams in academia, hospitals and industry. 

The three-day program will be preceeded by a pre-conference seminar. 

Session Topics

Session topics for the 2024 edition will include:

  • mRNA therapeutics
  • Immune disease interfaces
  • Biosensing and diagnostics
  • Mechanobiology and mechanoimmunology
  • Biomaterials
  • Bioprinting and biofabrication


We will explore these topics through a variety of lenses:

  • Science to market: products and technologies being developed by start-ups, SMEs and large companies. Can include R&D collaborations, challenges along the development pathway, regulatory.
  • Labs of the future: computation, lab automation, digital twins, and virtual/augmented reality
  • Formats: Invited and contributed talks, panel discussions, speaker debates, and posters

August 20, 2024:
Pre-Conference Seminar

Chaired by Sina Saxer, FHNW


The pre-conference seminar is designed for early-career researchers and participants seeking to acquire state-of-the-art background knowledge relevant to the BIC 2024 conference. It will provide introductory presentations on the two key topics; immune disease interfaces and mRNA.  Additionally, it will provide industry insights into these topics and showcase digital innovations in Biointerfaces. 


The workshop format will enable personalized and informal engagement with lecturers. Students and early-career scientists as well as participants from industry and government are very-welcome to attend.

9.10Introduction to Biomaterials – Prof. Dr. David Grainger, University of Utah
9.50Coffee break
10.20Immune disease interfaces – Introduction
11.00Immune disease interfaces – Industry insights
11.50Lunch and more – Ask anything
13.10Immune disease interfaces – Computational insights
13.50mRNA Therapeutics – Introduction. Prof. Dr. Chantal Pichon, University of Orleans, CNRS
14.30Coffee break
15.00mRNA Therapeutics – Industry insights. Dr. Tilo Netzer, Lonza
15.40mRNA Therapeutics – Computational insights
16.20Wrap up and transfer
17.00Social activity for early career researchers

August 21-23, 2024:
Main Conference

9.00Welcome to Basel and the FHNW – Falko Schlottig
9.15Opening Keynote: Prof. Dr. Dave Grainger
Allogenic mesenchymal cell sheet properties in regenerative medicine strategies
10.10Coffee break
Session 1: mRNA
Chaired by Oya Tagit
10.40Keynote 1: Prof. Dr. Chantal Pichon, University of Orleans
Messenger RNA vaccines and therapeutics
11.10Invited talk 1: Dr. Tilo Netzer, Lonza
Optimizing GMP manufacturing of mRNA Lipid Nanoparticles
11.50Contributed talk:
12.00Lunch, posters, exhibition, and networking
Session 2: Biomaterials
Chaired by: Simone Schuerle
13.20Keynote 2: Prof. Dr. Suzie Hwang Pun, University of Washington
Biomaterials for cancer immunotherapy applications
14.00Contributed talk
14.30Contributed talk
14.50Technology pitches by exhibitors
15.20Coffee break
Session 3: Biomaterials
Chaired by: Katharina Maniura
15.50Keynote 3: Keynote 3: Prof. Dr. Joachim Spatz, Max Plank Institut
Bottom-up designs of synthetic cells, its application and skin models
16.30Invited talk 3: Dr. Nicolas Reynolds, La Trobe Institute for Molecular Sciences
Unravelling the role of amyloids in viral infections
17.00Contributed talk
17.20Welcome Apéro and Poster Session
Session 4: Computational approaches / Labs of the future
Chaired by: Johannes Textor
9.00Keynote 4: Dr. Gregoire Altan-Bonnet, National Cancer Institute
Building models of CAR-T signal integration, using automatized/dynamic high-dimensional dynamic profiling
9.40Invited talk 4: Prof. Dr. Dagmar Iber, ETH Zürich D-BSSE
Data-based, predictive models to understand cell signalling for tissue and organoids
10.10Contributed talk
10.30Coffee break
11.00Contributed talk
11.20Contributed talk
11.40Technology pitches by exhibitors (2):
IGZ Instruments
12.00Lunch, posters, exhibition and networking
Session 5: Immune disease interfaces
Chaired by: Li Tang
13.30Keynote 5: Prof. Dr. Carole Bourquin, University of Geneva
Nanomaterials for drug delivery in cancer and inflammation
14.10Invited talk 5: Dr. Inge Wortel, Radboud University
When motility matters: simulating host-pathogen interactions during Listeria invasion of the gut epithelium
14.40Contributed talk:
15.00Contributed talk:
15.20Coffee break
Session 6: Mechanobiology and mechanoimmunology
Chaired by: Michael Nash
15.50Keynote 6: Prof. Dr. Khalid Salaita, Emory University
DNA Mechanotechnology: nucleic acids that sense and generate molecular forces enable a new class of biomedical applications and diagnostics
16.30Contributed talk
16.50Contributed talk
17.15End of Day 2
19.00Conference Dinner in Basel (extra fee applies)
Session 7: Bioprinting and biofabrication
Chaired by: Markus Rimann and Maurizio Gullo
9.00Keynote 7: Prof. Dr. Massimo Mastrangeli, Delft University of Technology
Microelectromechanical organs-on-chip
9.40Invited talk 7: Prof. Dr. Bart Spee, Utrecht University
Liver adult stem cells for advanced in vitro models and whole organ engineering
10.10Contributed talk
10.30Coffee break
Session 8: Science to market
Chaired by: Canet Acikgoz and Samantha Paoletti
11.00Keynote 8: tbc
11.30Contributed talk
11.50Contributed talk
12.10Lunch, posters, exhibition and networking
13.30Closing Keynote (virtual): Prof. Dr. Molly Stevens, University of Oxford
Designing and translating materials for advanced therapeutics and biosensing
Q&A with Dr. Stevens
14.30Poster Prizes Announcement
14.50Closing remarks