Lunch Briefing

Lunch Briefing: The Importance of Gelatine and its Endotoxin Level for Applications in Regenerative Medicine

Sponsored by Rousselot
12:30–14:00, Wednesday 10th October, bioLIVE Content Dome, Hall 12

Join us on the second day of bioLIVE for lunch, networking and thought leadership. In this free to attend session, delegates will learn about gelatine and its endotoxin level for applications in regenerative medicine.

Gelatin is a natural polymer which is frequently used in regenerative medicine to facilitate sustained delivery of therapeutic biomolecules in view of its biodegradability, biocompatibility, biosafety and cost-effectiveness. The current presentation will highlight applications of gelatin in the form of bulk hydrogels, sponges, microspheres, nanospheres, colloidal gels and polymer-ceramic composites to achieve programmed delivery of commonly used biomolecules. Specific attention will be paid to the importance of gelatin’s endotoxin levels, since excessive levels of endotoxins might trigger side effects such as fever, shock and reduced blood pressure.

The lunch briefing will be hosted by Sander Leeuwenburgh, Full Professor Regenerative Biomaterials at Radboud University Medical Centre, and Marit van der Heijden, Global Marketing and Project Manager at Rousselot.

The Lunch Briefing is free to attend but seats are very limited, please register your interest here:

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Sander Leeuwenburgh

Speaker Bio: Sander Leeuwenburgh

Sander Leeuwenburgh studied Materials Science & Engineering at Delft University of Technology and graduated at the Laboratory of Inorganic Chemistry in 2001 (cum laude). In November 2006 he obtained his PhD degree (cum laude). Thereafter, he continued his scientific career as a postdoc until March 2008, when he was awarded a Young Investigator Award (VENI) by the Dutch Technology Foundation STW and was appointed as assistant professor at the Department of Biomaterials. In the framework of his VENI fellowship, he was visiting scholar at the Department of Biomaterials at Kyoto University Medical Hospital (Kyoto, Japan) from August 2009 until January 2010. In June 2015 he was appointed as associate professor after obtaining a prestigious VIDI award that enabled him to start his research group on nanostructured biomaterials. Since June 2016 he is Principal Investigator at the Radboud University Medical Center. In April 2018 he was appointed as full professor Regenerative Biomaterials at Radboud UMC. He published more than 125 peer-reviewed papers and has an h-index of 29 (Web of Science) or 37 (Google Scholar).

Speaker Bio: Marit van der Heijden

Marit van der Heijden holds a master’s degree from the RSM Erasmus University in Rotterdam. She started her career in 2008 at SABIC, being (co)responsible for the introduction of certified bio-based polymers, coordinating Life Cycle assessments, and working in the pricing team. In 2014, she joined Anova Seafood as CSR and Marketing Manager, being responsible for marketing unique propositions to European retail customers. In April 2018, she joined Rousselot as Marketing Manager. In this role, she is responsible for the global marketing activities for the Rousselot gelatine products.

Marit van der Heijden