Josep Samitier and Núria Montserrat at the “Engineering and Manufacture of Living Systems” workshop in China

Last 9-11th of October took place in Beijing the workshop on “Engineering and Manufacture of Living Systems”. The aim of the workshop was to bring together multi-disciplinary researchers to review the latest advances and discuss the future directions in the design and manufacture of engineered living systems, and their integration amongst the researchers gathered at this international workshop.

The major topics discussed during the workshop were: to consider issues related to translation of engineered living systems from the laboratory to the clinic and to industry, review enabling and emerging techniques for using pluripotent cells from various sources such as cell spheroids, organoids and organs-on-a-chip, discuss the ethical, societal and regulatory issues associated with the development and manufacture of engineered living systems and envision future research, development and synergies at the integration and interface of biomanufacturing and engineering living systems amongst others. The meeting was organised by Tsinghua University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Josep Samitier, IBEC Director, chaired the morning session on the 10th October on “Identification of grand challenges for M-Cells”. The same day, he gave a talk on “Bioengineering for M-Cells: Convergence of disciplines and technologies to achieve transdisciplinarity” in the session dedicated to emerging technologies.

Núria Montserrat chaired the morning session on the 11th October on “Education, Promoting and growing the international M-CELLS community” and also gave a talk on “Challenges and opportunities for M-Cells community: the European perspective”.