Innovations for regenerative medicine translation

Industry and academic experts discussed translation of regenerative medicine technologies.

Industry and academic experts discussed translation of regenerative medicine technologies. Watch the video to discover more about limitations and opportunities in regenerative medicine and how they are translating research into clinical applications and industry solutions.

Panel discussion


Dr Daniel Heath

Senior Lecturer, Department of Biomedical Engineering and Assistant Dean of International Partnerships, Melbourne School of Engineering, The University of Melbourne

Daniel is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at University of Melbourne. He is a biomaterials scientist, and he and his group strive to improve medical outcomes by investigating how materials interact with biological environments. This fundamental knowledge is then used to develop improved materials for use in next generation biomedical devices.

Professor Sarah Cartmell

Professor of Bioengineering, Head of the Department of Materials, The University of Manchester

Sarah was appointed Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Manchester in 2014 in the School of Materials after joining Manchester in 2010. She received a BEng in Materials Science with Clinical Engineering and a PhD degree in Clinical Engineering from The University of Liverpool in 1996 and 2000, respectively and then furthered her studies at Georgia Tech, Atlanta for two years as a postdoctoral research fellow. She joined Keele University in 2002 where she continued her postdoctoral studies until obtaining a lecturership and then a Senior Lecturer position in orthopaedic tissue engineering in 2008.

Dr Kilian Kelly

Chief Operating Officer, Cynata Therapeutics

Dr Kilian Kelly is Chief Operating Officer at Cynata Therapeutics, an Australian clinical-stage biotechnology company, focussed on the development of novel induced pluripotent stem cell (or iPSC)-based therapies. He has previously held positions at Biota Pharmaceuticals, Mesoblast, Kendle International, Amgen and AstraZeneca. He holds a Masters in Pharmacy from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen and a PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Strathclyde University, Glasgow, and is a member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the International Society for Cell and Gene Therapy.

Professor Megan Munsie

Deputy Director, Centre for Stem Cell Systems, Professor, Melbourne School of Medicine, The University of Melbourne

Professor Megan Munsie is an internationally recognised biologist who over the last 25 years has made a significant contribution to policy development and community engagement in stem cell science and regenerative medicine. She is Deputy Director of the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Stem Cell Systems, Professor in the Melbourne School of Medicine and holds senior roles in several national and international professional bodies. She received her PhD and Masters of Reproductive Sciences from Monash University and completed her undergraduate degree at Queensland University of Technology.

Professor Andrea O’Connor (Chair)

Head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, The University of Melbourne

Professor Andrea O’Connor, FIChemE is the Head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering and leads the Tissue Engineering Group at the University of Melbourne. Her research is focussed on design, synthesis and fabrication of biomaterials, porous materials and antimicrobial nanomaterials. She is particularly interested in strategies for scale-up of tissue engineering including vascularisation, and design of antimicrobial materials for medical implants. Andrea led the engineering team on the world-first Neopec clinical trial of breast reconstruction using tissue engineering, showing proof-of-principle of tissue engineering of large volumes of well vascularised fat tissue. She has published over 90 journal articles and collaborates with a range of hospitals, medical research institutes and medical device companies to improve existing products, develop new devices and solve clinical problems.

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