Riccardo Levato (pictured right), former PhD student in the Biomaterials for Regenerative Therapies group and now a postdoc at the University Medical Center Utrecht, received the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) Young Investigator Award 2016 at the International Conference on Biofabrication in Winston-Salem in October 2016.
Also pictured is his colleague Dr. Pedro Costa, who received the second prize.
The WFIRM is recognized as one of the leading institutions in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, performing outstanding research for patient healthcare. The high quality work presented at the meeting in North Carolina was clear evidence of the growth of the biofabrication community and the impact it will have on the future of medicine.
“The WFIRM team led by Anthony Atala has a track of record of several “world’s first” implantation of engineered organs, and their work is truly inspiring for any researcher in the field,” says Riccardo. “I am thankful to the conference organizers and to the WFIRM for giving me such recognition at this event.”
This award strengthens Riccardo’s efforts to facilitate the translation of biofabrication and 3D bioprinting technologies with his research team lead by Dr. Jos Malda at the University Medical Center Utrecht.