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A Full Year of Advanced Electrospinning Events

Welcome to the DiPole Materials by Materic Electrospinning Web Series, sponsored by Elmarco!

Join DiPole’s CSO, Stephen Farias as we explore a number of exciting topics in the space. Every quarter within this year long series will feature a kickoff event with an expert featured guest panel to showcase a unique topic in electrospinning.

Following our quarterly kickoff, each panel member will host an intimate follow-up event within the context of our quarterly topic.

Topics:

Q1 Topic: Scaleup and Industry Translation

Panel Event Date: July 15, 2021

Expert Speakers: Ericka Ford, Michele Crane, David Yeung, Ivan Ponomarev

Follow-up Events: July 29th – Aug 12th – Aug 26th – Sept 9th

Cost: Complimentary

Limited Capacity: Register for availability

Description: Taking nanofiber innovations from benchtop to production is never easy, but we can show you that it’s more than doable. That’s why we’re featuring experts from industry and academia to discuss the challenges and solutions involved in scale-up electrospinning….Read more

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Q2 Topic: Electrospinning in Medicine

Panel Event Date: Oct 7, 2021

Expert Speakers: Carl G. Simon, Lars Siim Madsen, Smitha Rao Patricia L. Larrabee, Anthony Dipasqua

Follow-up Events: Oct 21st – Nov 4th – Nov 18th – Dec 2nd

Description: Hear industry and research experts discuss the versatile applications of nanofibers in the medical field. Inventors in the space of drug-release substrates, environments for in-vitro drug modeling, platforms for organ-on-a-chip technologies, and scaffolds for tissue engineering will discuss their breakthroughs. We will also hear from those who have gone through the gamut of electrospun medical product development. We will learn about FDA submissions for nanofiber products, GMP manufacturing, and fundraising for medical technologies.

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Q3 Topic: Electrospinning in Electronics and Sensors

Panel Event Date: Jan 6, 2022

Expert Speakers: To Be Announced

Follow-up Events: Jan 20th – Feb 3rd – Feb 17th – March 3rd

Description: Hear about how electrospinning is used in sensing applications, including biomonitoring and chemical monitoring. We will host speakers in the electronics and sensors space, and discuss sensor industry trends, as well as how repeatability and reliability in the industry can be controlled.

Registration opens DEC 13th 2021

Q4 Topic: Electrospinning for Textiles and Large Area Applications

Panel Event Date: April 7, 2022

Expert Speakers: To Be Announced

Follow-up Events: April 21st – May 5th – May 19th – June 2nd

Description: Sometimes “nanomanufacturing” can apply to an industry as large as textiles. This quarter, we will discuss the multifaceted applications of nanofibers to garments, facemasks, HEPA filters and other large surface-area applications. This will include talks on the downstream management of nanofibers, including waste and degradation management, and fluorinated materials.

Registration opens Feb 24th 2022

Q2: Electrospinning in Medicine

Overview

Nanofibers have immense potential in the medical field to direct cell growth, modify tooling properties, and serve as drug release substrates. Electrospun devices are emerging as cornerstone technologies in devices, pharmaceuticals and regenerative medicine applications. Developing specifications for nanofiber technologies remains of pressing importance in this highly regulated field. There is no better time than now to learn about how tissue engineering, drug release, regulation, and standardization are forming a novel field of research and invention. We hope you join us in this speaker series as we delve into these fascinating topics.

Quarterly Kickoff – Electrospinning in Medicine

Date: Thursday, Oct 7, 2021 | Time: 11am – 12:30pm EST
Cost: Complimentary | Limited Capacity: Register for availability
Speaker: Moderated Panel Presentation

Electrospinning is a significant emerging technology in the medical field. Nanofibers are currently being employed as tissue engineering scaffolds for regenerative medicine, drug release surfaces for wound care and implants, highly tunable mechanical property enhancers for devices, and much more. Join us as Materic hosts experts from academia, industry and government to discuss the many innovations and unmet needs in electrospun technologies for the medical industry.

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Follow-Up Event – Fiber-based Constructs: Cell-material Interactions & Characterization

Date: Thursday, Oct 21, 2021 | Time: 11am – 12:00pm EST
Cost: Complimentary | Limited Capacity: Register for availability
Speaker: Carl G. Simon, Jr., PhD., Biologist at The National Institution of Standards & Technology (NIST)

Reliable measurements are important for regenerative medicine. Whether designing scaffolds to direct cell differentiation and function, or engineering the rate of drug release from a nanofiber. Changes in fiber properties can have a significant impact on final products. That’s why Dr. Carl Simon works to develop standards for measuring fiber properties and observing cell behavior on these scaffolds. Dr. Simon is in the Biomaterials Group at National Institute of Standards and Technology and works to shed light on the complex interactions that govern cell behavior on fiber-based scaffolds, and we cannot wait to speak with him about standards for characterizing fiber-based constructs for tissue engineering!

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Follow-Up Event – Drug Release and Therapeutics

Date: Thursday, Nov 4, 2021 | Time: 11am – 12:00pm EST
Cost: Complimentary | Limited Capacity: Register for availability
Speaker: Dr Martin Eduardo Santocildes Romero, Research Scientist at AFYX

Nanofibers are unique for their high surface area, allowing for highly customizable kinetics in drug delivery. Martin Santocildes is a research scientist at AFYX Therapeutics which creates targeted drug delivery solutions for mucosal diseases. Dr. Santocildes brings more than 12 years of experience in drug development and biotechnology and will be discussing a case story on how nanofibers have been used as vehicles for drug release. Join us to learn about how nanofibers function in diverse environments to deliver important medications in a way that is targeted and highly tunable.

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Follow-Up Event – Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine

Date: Thursday, Nov 18, 2021 | Time: 11am – 12:00pm EST
Cost: Complimentary | Limited Capacity: Register for availability
Speaker: Smitha Rao, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Michigan Technological University

Regenerative medicine promises to solve the pressing issues of long waitlists for organ transplants and host rejection of transplanted organs. We hope that one day we can build artificial organs that can be seeded with patient cells to create biocompatible replacements. Electrospinning holds great promise in aiding in these developments. Nanofibers can recreate complex tissue systems and extracellular matrix morphologies to reproduce not just whole organ systems, but in vitro organ-on-a-chip technologies for drug testing. Join Dr. Smitha Rao, Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Michigan Technological University, to discuss these exciting applications.

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Follow-Up Event – GMP and Clinical Trial Manufacturing

Date: Thursday, Dec 2, 2021 | Time: 11am – 12:00pm EST
Cost: Complimentary | Limited Capacity: Register for availability
Speaker: Patricia L. Larrabee, President of Facility Logix

Many steps are involved along the way of commercializing an electrospun medical technology. Compliance with regulations throughout the process is of utmost importance, whether you are creating a tissue engineering technology, an implantable, or a drug delivery mechanism. Learn with us how biotech experts navigate the GMP manufacturing landscape to create safe and FDA-compliant nanofiber technologies.

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Moderator

Stephen Farias, PhD., CSO at DiPole Materials by Materic

Education in mechanical engineering and materials science, with industrial experience in processing and properties design; has applied this expertise over the last 5 years to help translate academic research in electrospinning to pilot and commercial products, as well as develop custom electrospun materials for specific industrial specifications.

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Second Quarter Expert Panel

Carl G. Simon, Jr., Ph.D., Biologist, National Institution of Standards & Technology (NIST)

Dr. Simon is a biologist in the Biomaterials Group at the National Institute of Standards & Technology. He leads projects on characterization of tissue engineered medical products, cell-material interactions and tissue engineering scaffolds. Dr. Simon is active in the Society for Biomaterials and is Chair of ASTM Committee F04.43 “Cells and Tissue-Engineered Constructs” where documentary standards are being advanced to support the development of medical products.

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Dr Martin Eduardo Santocildes Romero, Research Scientist at AFYX

Dr Martin Eduardo Santocildes Romero is a biomedical engineer and research scientist at AFYX Therapeutics, where he brings more than 12 years of practical experience in electrospinning to further the development of the Rivelin patch, a bioadhesive platform to treat mucosal conditions through targeted drug-delivery. Prior to joining the company full time, Martin received a Ph.D. degree from The University of Sheffield (UK) and later worked as a postdoctoral researcher on the formulation of the Rivelin patch and on biomaterials that stimulate bone tissue regeneration. His main research interests lie primarily in the fields of tissue engineering and drug delivery applications.

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Smitha Rao, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Michigan Technological University

Dr. Rao obtained her M.S and PhD from UT Arlington in 2004 and 2009 respectively. Her research focus has been biomedical applications including implantable devices, MEMS and cancer. Prior to joining Michigan Tech as an Assistant Professor, Dr. Rao was a Principal Scientist for a start-up. She has been awarded two patents and her research lab is currently focused on the use of synthetic materials as substrates for 3D cell culture and studying cellular microenvironments.

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Patricia L. Larrabee, President of Facility Logix

Pat Larrabee is the Founder and President of Facility Logix, an owner’s representative and management consulting firm for biotechnology and life sciences companies. With more than 30 years of experience in the biotechnology industry, Pat applies biotech and facility management expertise to address the facility-related needs of biotechnology companies, public and private institutions, economic development organizations and commercial real estate firms and developers. She advises clients across the country as both an owner’s rep and project manager for major biotech and life sciences facility expansions.

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Anthony J. Di Pasqua, PhD, President and CEO of DB Therapeutics, Inc.

Anthony J. Di Pasqua, PhD, has a doctorate in chemistry from Syracuse University, was a Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Fellow in the Oncology Department at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University, a postdoctoral research associate and then research assistant professor in the Eshelman School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an assistant professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of North Texas System College of Pharmacy, and is currently an assistant professor in Pharmaceutical Sciences at the Binghamton University School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. In 2017, Dr. Di Pasqua and his frequent collaborator, Dr. Kenneth J. Balkus, Jr., with their business partner, Dr. Sanjay Thamake, started DB Therapeutics, Inc. DB Therapeutics, Inc. is developing a holmium-166-based radiotherapeutic bandages for skin cancer therapy.

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Q1: Scaleup and Industry Translation

Overview

Taking nanofiber innovations from benchtop to production is never easy, but we can show you that it’s more than doable. That’s why we’re featuring experts from industry and academia to discuss the challenges and solutions involved in scale-up electrospinning. Join us for our inaugural webinar series, in which we’ll show you how to scale electrospun inventions, understand the supply chain landscape, design your own pilot plant, and hit all the right specs you need to grow.

Quarterly Kickoff – Scaleup and Industry Translation

Date: Thursday, July 15, 2021 | Time: 11am – 12:30pm EST
Cost: Complimentary | Limited Capacity: Register for availability
Speaker: Moderated Panel Presentation

Join us in a panel moderated by Stephen Farias, PhD, where we will introduce our webinar speakers and discuss the broad world of electrospinning scaleup. With a background in mechanical engineering and materials science, and 5 years of experience translating electrospinning technologies from lab to fab, Steve brings a wealth of knowledge to the field.

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Follow-Up Event – Lab to Fab

Date: Thursday, July 29, 2021 | Time: 11am – 12:30pm EST
Cost: Complimentary | Limited Capacity: Register for availability
Speaker: Ericka Ford, PhD., Assistant Professor within the Wilson College of Textiles

Dr. Ericka Ford will speak with us about the machinery, experiments, and technical troubleshooting involved in scaling electrospinning technologies. Dr. Ford is an assistant professor at the Wilson College of Textiles at North Carolina State University, and conducts research on nanofiber processing, production and functionalization for applications in water filtration, biomedical sensors and more. She operates both needleless and roll-to-roll scalable systems at her lab and will provide valuable insight into manufacturing translation.

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Follow-Up Event – Building Your Commercial Plant

Date: Thursday, Aug 12, 2021 | Time: 11am – 12:30pm EST
Cost: Complimentary | Limited Capacity: Register for availability
Speaker: Ivan Ponomarev PhD., Head of Chemistry And Technology at ELMARCO

If you been watching our webinars this quarter and can’t wait to get started on scaling, or you just want to imagine what it might be like, then this one’s for you. Elmarco is the leading manufacturer of roll-to-roll electrospinning units with products ranging from lab-scale machines for prototyping to production lines capable of producing tens of thousands of square meters per day. Join Ivan Ponomarev, PhD, in learning about building a commercial electrospinning plant.

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Follow-Up Event – Supply Chain

Date: Thursday, Aug 26, 2021 | Time: 11am – 12:30pm EST
Cost: Complimentary | Limited Capacity: Register for availability
Speaker: Michele Crane, Business Development Manager at Arkema

The process of scaling electrospinning involves many players across several industries. From raw material suppliers, to electrospinning machine manufacturers, to formulators and end-users, scaling one generally requires scaling all. Michele Crane is here to tell us what that means from the perspective of a business development leader in the advanced materials space. Arkema produces high-performance coatings, chemicals and other materials globally. Learn about the growing need for scaling electrospun technologies, and about the bigger picture of materials production.

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Follow-Up Event – Mitigating Defects and Hitting Specs

Date: Thursday, Sept 9, 2021 | Time: 11am – 12:30pm EST
Cost: Complimentary | Limited Capacity: Register for availability
Speaker: David Yeung, Co-founder and CEO, Lionrock Batteries Limited

Environmental instability, unpredictable deposition, delicate materials, and other frustrating obstacles to nanofiber production may seem out of your control, but scaling doesn’t need to be an uphill battle! Join us with David Yeung, co-founder and CEO of flexible electronics company Lionrock Batteries, and expert in nanofiber technologies. We will explore the importance of quality and process control in scaling nanofibers, and will help you get the materials specifications you want while achieving scale.

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Moderator

Stephen Farias, PhD., CSO at DiPole Materials by Materic

Education in mechanical engineering and materials science, with industrial experience in processing and properties design; has applied this expertise over the last 5 years to help translate academic research in electrospinning to pilot and commercial products, as well as develop custom electrospun materials for specific industrial specifications.

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First Quarter Expert Panel

David Yeung, Co-founder and CEO, Lionrock Batteries Limited

With 20+ years experience, David has been an industry collaborator to the Nano and Advanced Materials Institute (NAMI) in developing flexible batteries using electrospun nanofibers. Lionrock has presented their electrospun, flexible batteries in global exhibitions including IDTechEx, FLEX Taiwan 2019 and more. Since 2020, David has teamed up with Elmarco Greater China to form an electrospinning service hub to facilitate nanofiber applications from research to production.

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Michele Crane, Business Development Manger at Arkema

Michele is a Business Development Manager responsible for Kynar® PVDF in the area of membranes, fiber, nanofiber and immobilized media. She has been with Arkema just under 3 years. Her 30+ years of experience covers: membrane filtration for wastewater, medical and pharmaceutical markets as well as membrane venting.

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Ericka Ford, PhD., Assistant Professor within the Wilson College of Textiles

Dr. Ericka Ford is an Assistant Professor within the Wilson College of Textiles (COT). She holds a joint appointment in the Department of Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science and The Nonwovens Institute. Prior to joining the Wilson College of Textiles, Dr. Ford served as a National Research Council postdoctoral awardee in Chemical and Biological Defense, Science and Technology at the US Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center.

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Ivan Ponomarev PhD., Head of Chemistry And Technology at ELMARCO

Head of Chemistry And Technology Department at ELMARCO s.r.o. (Czech Republic), Senior Researcher in A.N. Nesmeyanov Institute of Organoelement Compounds Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow and co-author of 24 Web of Science / Scopus publications, h-index 8, 150 citations. Ivan Ponomarev is the leading specialist on Nanospider™ electrospinning technology.

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