Published on Thursday June 13, 2013
On June 3-4 the Drexel-SARI Center, a partnership between Drexel University and the Shanghai Advanced Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, hosted its first international symposium, “Grand Challenges for the Integration of Stem Cells, Nanomaterials and Biomanufacturing.”
Participants from China, France, Japan, South Korea, and the United States gathered for presentations and discussion on topics related to recent advances in stem cell, nanomaterials and biomanufacturing research and the use of nanodiamond and other nanoparticle-enabled platforms for drug delivery, tissue engineering, in-vivo imaging and other biomedical applications. The symposium also encouraged exploration of collaborative opportunities in stem cell, nanomaterial, nanotechnology and biomanufacturing research.
Distinguished University and Trustee Chair Professor Yury Gogotsi, Dr. Wei Sun, director of the Drexel-SARI Center, and Dr. Lingsong Li, the director of SARI’s Stem Cell and Nano-Medicine Research Center, co-organized the symposium. Sun and Gogotsi are leading two of the first research collaborations at the Center, which is located in the Shanghai Pudong Science and Technology Park.
“The Drexel-SARI Center allowed us to launch an exciting project on drug delivery with five-nanometer diamond particles, as well as provide undergraduate and doctoral students with research experience in China,” Gogotsi said.
Since its inception in October of 2011, the Drexel-SARI Center has generated research collaborations and educational partnerships with SARI and other institutes of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Four co-op and graduate students, including B.S/Ph.D. student Amanda Pentecost (advisor: Yury Gogotsi), have conducted research at the Center over the past year, enhancing the work of Gogotsi and Sun.
“This Symposium and collaborative research being conducted at the Center provide an excellent example of Drexel’s approach to enhancing our global impact, an approach based on mutually beneficial sustainable partnerships,” said Dr. Julie Mostov, the Vice Provost for Global Initiatives.