University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) biomedical engineering doctoral candidate, Rigwed Tatu, recently won the best poster award at the 15th Annual Biomaterials Symposium, held in Iselin, New Jersey from October 23-24, 2017.
Organized by the New Jersey Center for Biomaterials and endorsed by the Society for Biomaterials, the symposium focused on Pharmaceutical Biomaterials and Regenerative Medicine: From Concept to Manufacturing. Event sponsors included Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute (ARMI) and Biomaterials Science, among a host of others. The program aimed at benefitting academic scientists interested in translational research as well as industrial scientists and managers working on the commercialization of innovative pharmaceutical and regenerative medicine products.
Tatu presented a poster describing his research concept and progress. He is being mentored by Dr. Chia-Ying Lin, Dane Miller Chair of Biomedical Engineering, Head of the Structural Tissue Evaluation and Engineering Laboratory (STEEL) and Associate Professor in the CEAS Department of Biomedical Engineering. Tatu’s research is a collaborative effort with the Cincinnati Fetal Center, which is part of the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. His research centers on preventing post-natal complications through the improvement of fetal surgery. Tatu presented his concept and progress for, specifically, the development of a self-expanding, watertight and biodegradable surgical patch for neural tube defect repair in neonates.