Biomaterials - What's Next?

November 1-2, 2013

Clemson House
410 N. Palmetto Blvd, Clemson, SC 29631

Celebrating 50 years of groundbreaking research and discoveries, Clemson University's Bioengineering and the Society for Biomaterials invites you to attend our 4th annual meeting.
Why Attend?
  • Share your latest scientific discoveries with the community
  • Hear late breaking science
  • Meet new colleagues in your field
  • Mingle with leading scientists from around the country

Meeting at a Glance

The Clemson Biomaterials Symposium: What's Next, offers a unique collaboration opportunity for those involved in the multidiciplinary field of biomaterials. This conference provides a forum for students, leading researchers, and industry representatives a chance to meet and exchange ideas that promote innovation in our field while fostering partnerships for the future.

Clemson Biomaterials Symposium 2013 will create a dynamic forum for sharing and discussing data and discovery, sharing insights and encouraging collaborative efforts. The event will host many graduate and undergraduate poster and oral presentations. Awards will be given to the best received presentations. The two-day symposium will also be showcasing two industry-leading keynote speakers Dr. Waleed Shalaby and Dr. Andres Garcia.

Please join us in Clemson as we initiate the discussion of What's Next in Biomaterials.


November 1 and 2, 2013

Clemson University

Featured Speakers

 Dr. Waleed Shalaby

Dr. Waleed Shalaby earned his BS in chemistry and PhD in pharmaceutical sciences from Purdue University.  He obtained his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina where he was named a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha National Honor Medical Society. He then completed his residency and fellowship training in Obstetrics/Gynecology and Gynecologic Oncology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Shalaby is the Medical Director of Gynecologic Oncology and the Cancer Risk Evaluation Program (CREP) at PENN Medicine, Chester County Hospital in West Chester, PA.  Dr. Shalaby is involved in the surgical treatment and management of women gynecologic cancers and non-malignant gynecology conditions.  He has extensive experience in conventional and radical abdominal-pelvic surgeries as well as minimally invasive robotic-assisted laparoscopic procedures.   He has a special interest in robotic surgery where he has performed over 400 procedures and is a surgical proctor for Intuitive Surgical, Inc.

As the Medical Director for the CREP program, genetics counseling and testing are offered to patients to determine inherited risks for breast, ovarian, endometrial, and colon cancers.  In area of community outreach for cancer care, Dr. Shalaby has a deep interest in improving care delivery through a patient-centered approach to care for the patient and family from diagnosis, through treatment, and thereafter.

Since the completion of his PhD in 1992, Dr. Shalaby has been involved in clinical and translational research related to biomaterials.  He is the Chief Science Officer for Poly-Med, Inc. (Anderson, SC) and has over 20 years of experience in the development of novel biomaterials for surgical and pharmaceutical applications.  He has co-edited a book entitled, “Polymers for Vascular and Urogenital Applications”, co-authored a book entitled “Biodegradable Hydrogels for Drug Delivery”, authored over fifteen book chapters and review articles, holds two patents, and has co-authored over sixty scientific publications and extended abstracts.  He is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioengineering, Clemson University (Clemson, SC) where he is the thesis supervisor for Master’s and Doctoral Students for the Graduate Program in Bioengineering.

As Chief Science Officer for Poly-Med, Inc., Dr. Shalaby is currently involved in the development of absorbable biomaterials for drug delivery and immunotherapy, hernia mesh, suture, urologic stents, and pelvic floor reconstruction. 

 Dr. Andres Garcia
Regents' Professor
Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering
Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience
Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. García received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with Honors from Cornell University in 1991. He received M.S.E. (1992) and Ph.D. (1996) in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania. He completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in cell and molecular biology at the School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania. He received NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and Ford Foundation Dissertation and Post-Doctoral Fellowships. Dr. García joined Georgia Tech as Assistant Professor in 1998. He was promoted to Associate (2004) and Full Professor (2008). In 2013, he was appointed Regents’ Professor by the University System of Georgia.

Dr. García’s research focuses on (i) engineering biomaterials that promote tissue repair and healing, (ii) quantitative analyses of mechanisms regulating cell adhesive forces, and (iii) cell-based therapies for regenerative medicine.  These integrated cellular engineering strategies have provided new insights into mechanisms regulating cell-material interactions and established new approaches for the rational design of biomaterials and cell-delivery vehicles for regenerative medicine applications, including bone repair, vascularization and inflammation. Dr. García has co-authored papers in leading biomaterials, tissue engineering, and cell biology journals as well as several patents and invention disclosures. His research has received funding from the NIH, NSF, Arthritis Foundation and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.  He has received several distinctions, including the NSF CAREER Award, Arthritis Investigator Award, Georgia Tech’s CETL/BP Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award, Young Investigator Award from the Society for Biomaterials, Georgia Tech’s Outstanding Interdisciplinary Activities Award, and the Clemson Award for Basic Science from the Society for Biomaterials.  Dr. García is currently the Woodruff Professor in Mechanical Engineering and Chair of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Bioengineering Program at Georgia Tech. He is also the director of a NIH/NIGMS Biotechnology Training Grant on Cell and Tissue Engineering.  He serves on the editorial board of leading biomaterial and regenerative medicine journals as well as NIH and NSF review panels.  He has been recognized as a top Latino educator by the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers. He has been elected a Fellow of Biomaterials Science and Engineering by the International Union of Societies of Biomaterials Science and Engineering and a Fellow of AAAS.

Sponsored by:

Chaired By:

Martine LaBerge
Professor and Chair of Clemson Bioengineering

Organized by:

Ken Webb

Associate Professor
Associate Chair of Undergraduate Affairs