Narrowing the gap between natural and synthetic materials
Skin and cartilage are both strong and flexible - properties that are hard to replicate in artificial materials. But a new fabrication process, developed by NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials scientists at EPFL, brings lifelike synthetic polymers a step closer.
Next-gen organoids grow and function like real tissues
NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials researchers at Lausanne's Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) have created miniature intestines in a dish that match up anatomically and functionally to the real thing better…
New directorship for the NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials
The NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials director, Professor Christoph Weder, and his deputy, Professor Curzio Rüegg have stepped down after six years at the helm. Professor Ullrich Steiner has taken over as NCCR…
Major grant for virucide research
The Werner Siemens Foundation has awarded a CHF 5 million grant to the laboratory of NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials Principal Investigator Francesco Stellacci, funding clinical trials into compounds that…
Recycling project earns ERC grant
NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials Principal Investigator, Professor Francesco Stellacci (EPFL), has been awarded a prestigious ERC Advanced Grant by the European Research Council to investigate nature-inspired…
Major fellowships for NCCR scientists
Two NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials post-doctoral researchers have been awarded prestigious Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowships. Philip Scholten and Samet Kocabey will investigate degradable plastics and cancer…
NCCR alum awarded best thesis prize
NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials alum Omar Rifaie Graham (Adolphe Merkle Institute) has been awarded the University of Fribourg's prize for best experimental thesis.
New virucide to destroy infectious particles
New antiviral materials made from sugar have been developed by NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials researchers and colleagues at the Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), the University of Manchester,…
Award goes to NCCR team to promote professional role confidence
NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials Principal Investigators Professors Alke Fink and Barbara Rothen-Rutishauser, along with Outreach manager Dr. Sofia Martin Caba, are one of two recipients of the inaugural 2019…
FenX wins startup award
The NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials supported startup FenX is the winner of this year's Swiss Technology Award in the "Inventors" category, presented at the Swiss Innovation Forum in Basel on November 21.