Post Conference Workshops

September 20, 2023

The International Conference on Biofabrication is pleased to offer the following post-conference workshops on September 20, 2023, in addition to the official conference program:

The Post-Conference Workshop’s will take place at various locations around the University of Saskatoon Campus. You will thoroughly enjoy this year’s selection of specialized workshops and tours and have the opportunity to network and connect with leaders in the Biofabrication Industry.

Registration Rates

Limited Tickets available – Get yours while you still can!

Included with your registration:

  • Admission to you selected Workshops
  • Coffee/Tea throughout the day (Innovation Place & CLS)
  • Lunch provided (Innovation Place only)

Available Tours & Workshops

AM Workshops: 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Tour to the Canadian Light Source (CLS)

 Facilitator: Dr. Arash Panahifar (Scientist, BioMedical Imaging and Therapy (BMIT) beamline, Canadian Light Source)

Description: “X-ray micro-Computed Tomography at Canadian Light Source Synchrotron and its

Limit 30 Registrations

Synchrotrons provide X-ray beams with unique properties of high photon flux, coherence, narrow and tunable energy bandwidth, and high resolution. These properties enable exciting opportunities for research with biomedical samples and biomaterials. Phase contrast imaging relies on refraction of X-rays, rather than attenuation, by the sample, and delivers unprecedented contrast in soft tissues and low absorbing biomaterials that may not sufficiently absorb X-rays. The recent upgrades to the BMIT beamline of the Canadian Light Source has enabled new capabilities such as sub-micron micro-CT (down to 0.360μm pixel size (e.g., cellular dimensions)), ultrafast imaging, and high throughput scans. BMIT is also used for in-vivo, in-operando, and in-situ imaging as well as for examination of large, absorbing samples.
In this presentation, BMIT beamline and available techniques will be introduced and examples of applications to biomedical samples will be presented. Procedure to apply for beamtime will be discussed.

Canadian Light Source Inc., 44 Innovation Boulevard, Saskatoon, SK S7N 2V3, Canada.
(Facility room 2068)

AM Tour: 8:30am – 11:30am
Intro: 8:30am – 9:30am
Coffee Break: 9:30am – 10:00am
Tour: 10:00am – 11:30am

A Road Map for Technology Commercialization (I & II) & Venture Creation

Facilitators: John Mapletoft (PhD CLP, Tech Transfer Manager, Life Sciences) with Chris Bowman (Technology Transfer Manager, Innovation Mobilization and Partnerships), Tate Cao (Assistant Professor, La Borde Chair in Engineering Entrepreneurship) & David Yee (President, Ratel Novous Consulting Inc.)

Limit 50 Registrations

More information coming soon!

Candle Room (Innovation Place)

AM Workshop: 8:30am – 11:30am

PM Workshops: 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Tour to the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO)

Facilitator: Trenna Brusky (Marketing Coordinator, VIDO)

Description: “A world leader in the research and development of vaccine and immunity-enhancing technologies for humans and animals”

Limit 36 Registrations (3 groups of 12)

The Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO) is Canada’s Centre for Pandemic Research. Part of the University of Saskatchewan, VIDO is a leader in human and animal infectious disease research and vaccine development. For over 45 years VIDO has developed solutions to emerging diseases including eight commercially available vaccines—six of which were world’s firsts. VIDO has some of the largest and most advanced level 3 containment facilities in the world and is expanding its specialized infrastructure to include a GMP manufacturing facility, a new housing animal facility, and level 4 containment research capacity.

VIDO’s International Vaccine Centre (InterVac) building, 120 Veterinary Road Saskatoon, SK, S7N 5E3 Canada

PM Workshop: 1:00pm – 4:00pm (2-3 groups per tour, each tour is 40 minutes)
1:15pm – 2:00pm: VIDO Tour Group 1
2:15pm – 3:00pm: VIDO Tour Group 2
3:15pm – 4:00pm: VIDO Tour Group 3

ABCs of Bioprinting and Tour & Lab Demons in Biofabrication Lab at USask

Facilitator: Dr. Daniel Chen (Professor, University of Saskatchewan)

Speakers: Abbas Fazel Anvari Yazdi (University of Saskatchewan) with Amanda Zimmerling (University of Saskatchewan), Nuraina Dahlan (University of Saskatchewan) & Xiaoman Dui (University of Saskatchewan)

Limit 50 Registrations

Bioprinting is an emerging technique to create three-dimensional (3D) cell-incorporated scaffolds.
from biomaterials and living cells in a layer-by-layer manner. Distinctive from other traditional
methods, bioprinting techniques allow the fabrication of constructs in a controllable manner, with
architecture and mechanical/biological properties mimicking those of human native tissue or
organs. As such, bioprinted constructs have found wide applications related to biomedical
engineering, including tissue engineering and combating infectious diseases.
This workshop is to provide the registrants with an education of ABCs or basics of bioprinting,
and its potential applications. The format of the workshop will be a combination of lectures (1.5
hours ) and lab demonstrations (1.5 hours) on the following topics:
• Bioink preparation and characterization
• Bioprinting scaffolds
• Characterization of printed scaffolds
By this workshop, the registrants will learn and understand the basics of bioprinting; and have an
opportunity to visit “Biofabrication Lab” at the University of Saskatchewan to observe various.
bioprinting or related activities or labs.

Candle Room (Innovation Place)

PM Workshop/Tour: 1:00pm – 4:30pm