Professor Alan Hoffman receiving his 2017 Acta Biomaterialia Gold Medal at the 2017 SFB Annual Meeting.
Professor Alan Hoffman receiving his 2017 Acta Biomaterialia Gold Medal at the 2017 SFB Annual Meeting.

We are delighted to be able to share with you the presentations and selected publications from the recipients of the 2017 Acta Biomaterialia Gold and Silver Medal. The awards were presented at a plenary session of the 2017 Society for Biomaterials annual conference, held in Minneapolis in April.

The recipient of the 2017 Gold Medal was Professor Allan Hoffman, Emeritus Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Washington in Seattle. The Gold Medal recognizes excellence and leadership in biomaterials, including basic science and translation to practice.

The recipient of the first Silver Medal Award was Dr. Thomas J. Webster who is the Art Zafiropoulo Endowed Chair and Professor at Northeastern University, Boston, MA.  He also serves as the current Chair of the Chemical Engineering Department at Northeastern. The Silver Medal honors and recognizes scientific contributions and leadership from academic, industry and public sector leaders in the midst of their careers.

Allan Hoffman: “PEG and PEGylation, Then and Now—A Historical Commentary and Review”

Thomas Webster: “Two Decades of Commercializing Nanotechnology for Medical Devices.”

Professor Tom Webster, recipient of the first Acta Biomaterialia Silver Medal.
Professor Tom Webster, recipient of the first Acta Biomaterialia Silver Medal.

Silver Medal Recipient: Tom Webster

Gabriel L.P., et al; Bio-based polyurethane for tissue engineering applications: How hydroxyapatite nanoparticles influence the structure, thermal and biological behavior of polyurethane composites, 2017, Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine, 10.1016/j.nano.2016.09.008

Wang M., Favi P., Cheng X., Golshan N.H., Ziemer K.S., Keidar M., Webster T.J. Cold atmospheric plasma (CAP) surface nanomodified 3D printed polylactic acid (PLA) scaffolds for bone regeneration, 2016, Acta Biomaterialia, 10.1016/j.actbio.2016.09.030

Lu J., Webster T.J. Reduced immune cell responses on nano and submicron rough titanium, 2015, Acta Biomaterialia, 10.1016/j.actbio.2015.01.036

Hickey D.J., Ercan B., Sun L., Webster T.J., Adding MgO nanoparticles to hydroxyapatite-PLLA nanocomposites for improved bone tissue engineering applications, 2015, Acta Biomaterialia, 10.1016/j.actbio.2014.12.004

Jain A., Jain A., Garg N.K., Tyagi R.K., Singh B., Katare O.P., Webster T.J., Soni V. Surface engineered polymeric nanocarriers mediate the delivery of transferrin-methotrexate conjugates for an improved understanding of brain cancer, 2015, Acta Biomaterialia, 10.1016/j.actbio.2015.06.027

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Alongside the medal recipient’s plenary lectures were two other presentations from Professors Hoffman and Webster’s colleagues, Buddy Ratner, from the University of Washington, USA (the Gold Medal recipient in 2009) and Professor Rebecca Carrier from Northeastern University, USA.

Buddy Ratner: “Blood Compatibility: 1972-2017 in 20 minutes.”

Rebecca Carrier: “Nanomedicine at the Intestinal Mucosal Interface”

Selected Papers from the recipients of the 2017 Acta Biomaterialia Gold and Silver medal winners.

Gold Medal Recipient: Allan Hoffman:

Hoffman A.S., The early days of PEG and PEGylation (1970s–1990s), 2016, Acta Biomaterialia- 10.1016/j.actbio.2016.05.029

Jeon H., et al; Poly-paclitaxel/cyclodextrin-SPION nano-assembly for magnetically guided drug delivery system, 2015, Journal of Controlled Release, 10.1016/j.jconrel.2016.01.006

MacKay J.A., et al; NanoDDS 2013: The 11th international nano drug delivery symposium, 2014, Journal of Controlled Release, 10.1016/j.jconrel.2014.07.052

Hoffman A.S., 4. Poly(NIPAAm) revisited - It has been 28 years since it was first proposed for use as a biomaterial: Original Research Article: Applications of thermally reversible polymers hydrogels in therapeutics and diagnostics, 1987; Thermally reversible hydrogels, 2014, Journal of Controlled Release, 10.1016/j.jconrel.2014.07.016

Yang J.-A., Yeom J., Hwang B.W., Hoffman A.S., Hahn S.K., In situ-forming injectable hydrogels for regenerative medicine, 2014, Progress in Polymer Science, 10.1016/j.progpolymsci.2014.07.006