D4 – Diagnostics, Drugs, Devices and Discovery has a focus on medical and veterinary care and the incubation of new point-of-care technology solutions. Medical and veterinary care comprises three bootstrapped elements comprising
- Treatment, and
- Monitoring of disease status
The interdisciplinary nature, commercial/industrial sector emphasis and strong academic underpinning of bioengineering, pharmaceutical science and drug discovery, rests comfortably within the D4 network, which emphasizes scientific excellence, interdisciplinarity, entrepreneurship and external engagement such as with MedTech CORE and the Consortium of Medical Device Technology.
D4 Activities 2017
- 3D Printing for bone and periodontal regeneration: Challenges and opportunities
Professor Saso Ivanovski, Griffith University, Queensland Australia.
Friday 25th August
Professor Ivanovski is the research lead in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine at the Menzies Health Institute Queensland
Tissue engineering is a multi-disciplinary field which aims to incorporate aspects of cell and molecular biology and material science in order to regenerate lost or damaged tissues and organs. A variety of tissue engineering approaches have been proposed for alveolar bone and periodontal regeneration, involving a combination of different cell types, bio-scaffolds and biologically active molecules. This lecture will discuss novel bone tissue engineering approaches using 3D bioprinting and biofunctionalization of scaffolds with growth factors and drugs. The feasibility of combining these approaches with established surgical techniques will be explored, and their potential for clinical utilisation will be critically evaluated.
- Synapse 2017 - in Collaboration with Chiasma
Friday 15th September, Hutton Theatre, Otago Museum
Postgraduate Oral poster session followed by presentations from local scientists translating their research as well as local Biotech companies.
- Professor Kinam Park
Showalter Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering & Professor of Pharmaceutics, Purdue University; Editor-in-Chief - Journal of Controlled Release
Friday 24th November
- We are looking forward to our next D4 conference in November 2018
D4 Summer studentship 2017
The D4 network is offering funding for one summer research studentship relating to aspects of either Diagnostics, Drug discovery, Devices or Drug Delivery in the field of human or animal health.
Applications are due 20 September 2017. [Summer studentships]
D4 Conference 2016
The D4 conference 2016 was held at Forsyth Barr Stadium, 23-24 November 2016
Registration and abstract submission is now closed.
Erol Harvey, Minifab - Micro-Engineered Products
Paul Hatton, University of Sheffield - Biomaterials Science
Mark Smythe, Protagonist Therapeutics - Oral Peptide Therapeutics
Second Announcement (PDF 143 KB) 11th July 2016
Thank you to all our sponsors as well as the delegates for a great two days.