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June 15, 2017 - Copenhagen Bioscience Lecture

The Copenhagen Bioscience Lectures are a series of open lectures for all researchers and other interested in and around the Copenhagen area. The lecture on 15 June 2017 will give you an insight in biomaterials.


June 15, 2017 - Copenhagen Bioscience Lecture


The Copenhagen Bioscience Lectures are a series of open lectures for all researchers and other interested in and around the Copenhagen area. Every 4 weeks, on a Thursday evening, you are invited for lectures on themes with a general interest for the Novo Nordisk Foundation Research Centers and bioscience researchers in general. Often there will be a cross-disciplinary focus. The lecture on 15 June 2017 will give you an insight in biomaterials with leading experts Marcel Karperien and Dirk Grijpma from the University of Twente in The Netherlands.


15:45 Welcome and registration (coffee/tea, water available)

16:00 Start of the lecture

17:30  Networking with a drink and a snack

18:30 Thank you for a splendid end of day!



Registration is completely free of charge, but mandatory.



Prof. Dr. H.B.J. Karperien

Injectable hydrogels for biomedical applications

In my presentation I will discuss the development of injectable and in situ gelating hydrogels consisting of natural polymer conjugates that cross link in an enzymatic reaction and how we can make use of this material platform in biofabrication processes and tissue engineering. I will provide examples how we use these materials for developing solutions for relevant clinical problems like osteoarthritis and type I diabetes.

Marcel Karperien studied biology at Utrecht University. After graduation in 1991 he worked as a PhD-student at the Netherlands Institute for Developmental Biology and Stem Cell Research. He continued his career at the Leiden University Medical Center working on regulation of longitudinal bone growth and metabolic bone disorders. In 2007 he moved to the MIRA Institute for Biomedical Technology and Technical Medicine where he established the Department of Developmental BioEngineering. He is interested in developing new solutions for treating cartilage related disorders. His work is technology inspired and is characterized by a multidisciplinary approach. In his work in depth knowledge of the molecular and cellular biology of cartilage is combined with state of the art chemical- and nano-technology. Specific research topics are the development of injectable hydrogel platforms for recreating dedicated cell niches for guiding stem cell differentiation and tissue reconstruction. This platform is developed for application in regenerative medicine focusing on repair of articular cartilage and beta cell differentiation for treating type I diabetes. More recently this platform is developed for application in organ-on-chip models. Marcel Karperien has received awards from the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (Young investigator award, travel grant awards), Dutch Society for Endocrinology (NVE), the European Calcified Tissue Society and the MIRA Institute for Biomedical Technology and Technical Medicine for his work. His work is supported by an unrestricted research grant from the Dutch Arthritis Foundation.


Prof. Dr. D.W. Grijpma

Prof. Dr. D.W. Grijpma is appointed at the University of Twente in the Department of Biomaterials Science and Technology, and also affiliated with the Department of Biomedical Engineering, University Medical Center Groningen of the University of Groningen. His research is aimed at the development of resorbable polymeric materials for application in tissue engineering and clinical use as medical implants such as resorbable hydrogels, drug releasing nano- and micro particles and scaffolds for tissue engineering. His expertise lies in the development of functional polymeric materials, their structure-properties relationships and their processing into implantable structures. The preparation of functionalized macromers by ringopening polymerization of lactones and cyclic carbonates and subsequent functionalization to yield reactive end groups, allows the preparation of resorbable networks through rapid prototyping techniques such as stereolithography. Implants with a well defined geometry and biological functionality can readily be prepared in this manner.



I would like to know about upcoming Copenhagen Bioscience Lectures - where can I find information?

You are very welcome to join the 'Novo Nordisk Foundation Research Centers' Linkedin group. There you will find information about upcoming lectures, and much more. Also, you may want to sign up for the weekly announcement with events and deadlines, sent out by the group manager. 


What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

We organise transport from and to Panum and DTU building 220. You can read more and register for this in the registration form.

You can park for free in front or at the side of Tuborg Havnevej 19. If that is full, there is 3 hours free parking in the parking to the Waterfront shopping mall at the end of the road.

Public transport by train to Hellerup station, and/or bus (1A, 21, 166), nearest by bus stop is Tuborg Boulevard.


Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Contact Sophie Labrosse at


How do I cancel my participation?

Please help us respecting our speakers, as well keeping track of the numbers and optimize lecture and catering to the audience by cancelling as soon as you know that you exceptionally will not be able to make it. You can either cancel through Eventbrite or send an email to Sophie Labrosse (


Can I update my registration information?

Yes, just log in to Eventbrite. Please use this option also in the unlikely event that you need to cancel your registration.


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, you do not have to bring your ticket, but registration is mandatory for participation.