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September 25, 2012 - ASTM workshop, "Standards and Measurements for Tissue Engineering Scaffolds: What Do We Have? What Do We Need?," will be held May 21, 2013. Purpose of workshop is to identify highest priority items for future standards work for scaffolds for TEMPs. Event will bring together government, academia, and industry to discuss how standards for tissue engineering scaffolds are currently being used by the community and what opportunities exist for developing new scaffold standards.

ASTM International Sponsors Workshop on Tissue Engineering Scaffolds


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ASTM International
100 Barr Harbor Dr., Box C700
West Conshohocken, PA, 19428-2959
USA



Press release date: September 18, 2012

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., -The workshop, "Standards and Measurements for Tissue Engineering Scaffolds: What Do We Have? What Do We Need?" will be held May 21, 2013, at the JW Marriott Indianapolis Hotel in Indianapolis, Ind. Sponsored by ASTM Committee F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices, the symposium will be held in conjunction with the May standards development meetings of the committee.

The purpose of the workshop is to identify the highest priority items for future standards work for scaffolds for TEMPs, and will bring together government, academia and industry to discuss how standards for tissue engineering scaffolds are currently being used by the community and what opportunities exist for developing new scaffold standards. Leaders in the field, including clinicians, regulators and product developers, will discuss how their organizations use ASTM scaffolds standards and what standards they need to accelerate future scaffold development.

The workshop will focus more on discussion of future needs than on presentation of past accomplishments, and will be beneficial for those involved in developing scaffolds-based TEMPs, including industry, government and academia. Planned discussion items include the following:
• Identify needs for future ASTM TEMPs standards activities
• Standards to advance regulatory approval and product introduction
• Prioritize future work so that the most important issues are addressed first
• Determine how standards or reference materials are most likely to be used
• How can measurements/standards help with translation
• Determine whether standards/reference materials are for discovery stage or product review stage
• Identify targets for future scaffold reference materials
• Prioritize the measurements that should be used from the current standard guides
• Develop a hierarchy of future measurements/standards priorities for scaffold characterization
• Validation of models for predicting scaffold properties
• Needs for scaffold standards as revealed by basic research and/or clinical research/experience
• Traceability of measurements for reporting and publication of laboratory/clinical results
• Assessing incorporation of new measurement technologies into standards
• Value of standards from a regulatory perspective
• In vitro testing of cell behavior on scaffolds and factors that affect cell response: structural, chemical and mechanical properties of scaffolds
• Storage and packaging of scaffolds, determination of shelf life
• Batch to batch testing of scaffolds, release criteria
Online registration will open approximately eight weeks before the workshop. Visit www.astm.org/F04Wrshhp0513 for additional information.

Additional technical information is available from workshop co-chairmen Carl G. Simon Jr., National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Md. (phone: 301-975-8574; carl.simon@nist.gov); John A. Tesk, Biomedical Materials and Devices Consulting, Highland, Md. (phone: 301-854-9727; jatesk@verizon.net); Paul Tomlins, European Standards Consultant, United Kingdom (phone: 011-44-0789-968-0713; tomlinspaul@gmail.com); Reto Luginbuehl, Robert Mathys Foundation, Bettlach, Switzerland (phone: 032-644-1416; reto.luginbuehl@rms-foundation.ch). 

ASTM International is one of the largest international standards development and delivery systems in the world. ASTM International meets the World Trade Organization (WTO) principles for the development of international standards: coherence, consensus, development dimension, effectiveness, impartiality, openness, relevance and transparency. ASTM standards are accepted and used in research and development, product testing, quality systems and commercial transactions.

ASTM Staff Contact: Hannah Sparks, Phone: 610-832-9677; hsparks@astm.org

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