Sociedad Mexicana de Ciencia y Tecnología
de Superficies y Materiales A.C.

Sociedad Mexicana de Ciencia y Tecnología de Superficies y Materiales A.C.

XV International Conference on
Surfaces, Materials and Vacuum

September 26th - 30th, 2022 / Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco


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Thomas J. Webster, Ph.D.

Professor, Programa de Pós-graduação em Ciência e Engenharia dos Materiais UFPI - Universidade Federal do Piauí, Brazil; Saveetha University, Chennai, India; Vellore
Institute of Technology, Vellore, India; and Hebei University of Technology, Hebei, China
Founder, Audax, Lunano, Interstellar Therapeutics, NanoVault, NanoVis, DentalRegen, Perios, and others

Thomas J. Webster’s (H index: 110; Google Scholar) degrees are in chemical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh (B.S., 1995; USA) and in biomedical engineering from RPI (Ph.D., 2000; USA). He has served as a professor at Purdue (2000-2005), Brown (2005-2012), and Northeastern (2012-2021; serving as Chemical Engineering Department Chair from 2012 - 2019) Universities and has formed over a dozen companies who have numerous FDA approved medical products currently improving human health. He has graduated over 200 Ph.D. students and has over 800 publications. Dr. Webster has numerous awards including: 2020, World Top 2% Scientist by Citations (PLOS); 2020, SCOPUS Highly Cited Research (Top 1% Materials Science and Mixed Fields); 2021, Clarivate Top 0.1% Most Influential Researchers (Pharmacology and Toxicology), and is a fellow of over 8 academic societies.

25 Years of Commercializing Nanomedicine: From Tissue Engineering to Fighting COVID-19

While advances in biomaterials have helped the lives of millions over the past century, it is clear that we are at a crossroads for the future of global healthcare. Considering the COVID-19 pandemic, constant struggles with cancer, and an emerging crisis in antibiotic resistant bacteria, to just name a few on-going healthcare problems, we need innovative ideas. Non-medical fields have advanced considerably in new material design, from using sensors to drive cars and touch screen pads for electronics. Innovation in biomaterials has been lagging behind. This presentation will cover some of the more innovative biomaterials than can meet today's challenges including the use of implantable sensors, 4D printed materials in which material
shape can be controlled remotely after implantation, smart nanomaterials that can seek out and passivate viruses and bacteria, and so much more. This presentation will also lay the foundation for what is needed for future biomaterial design, especially obtaining regulatory approval for interactive biomaterials. This presentation will cover over 25 years of commercializing nanomaterials from an academic lab to real medical devices currently implanted into humans to aid in health. It will emphasize challenges and promises when trying to translate University based research into real medical products that can aid human health.