GRIBOI Local Organizing Committee

Marc Bohner

Conference Chair

RMS Foundation, Bettlach, Switzerland

Dr. Marc Bohner holds a MSc and PhD degree from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne (1990, 1993). His career included positions as postdoctoral fellow at the University of Utah, and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Zurich. In 1998, he joined RMS Foundation, a private research and testing lab located in Bettlach, Switzerland. Currently, he serves as a research director and leads the “Bioceramic & Biocompatibility Group”. His interests include the synthesis, production, and use of calcium phosphates for bone repair.

He holds over fifteen distinct patents, is the inventor of 4 commercial products, and has published and presented widely in his field (≈130 articles; h = 50-60). He has given 140 invited lectures in English, French, and German. His teaching positions have included adjunct and affiliated appointments at the University of Sherbrooke (2004 – 2019), the University of Berne (2011 – present), and ETH Zurich (2009 – present).

His services to the scientific community include: Editor of Acta Biomaterialia (2008 à; IF = 10.6); Co-chair of the annual congress of the European Society for Biomaterials (2009); Secretary, vice-president and president of the Swiss Society for Biomaterials (2004 – 2012); Secretary and president of “GRIBOI” (2007 – 2016); Secretary and then treasurer of the European Society for Biomaterials (2013 – 2021); Member of the Research Council of the Swiss National Science Foundation (2016 – present). In 2013, he received a “honorary life membership” from the Swiss Society for Biomaterials. In 2014, he was awarded the “Racquel LeGeros Award” of the “International Society for Ceramics in Medicine” for his contribution to calcium phosphate research. In 2016, he became “honorary president” of GRIBOI.

Nicola Döbelin

Conference Co-Chair

RMS Foundation, Bettlach, Switzerland

Nicola Döbelin studied Earth Sciences at the University of Bern, Switzerland, from 1998 to 2002. In 2000 he spent three months in South Africa for a field work project before receiving his Master’s degree in 2002 for a thesis on the thermal stability of ion-exchanged natural zeolites studied by single-crystal X-ray diffraction. From 2002 to 2006 he worked on his PhD thesis on ion exchange in synthetic titanosilicate phases under supervision of Prof. Thomas Armbruster at the University of Bern. During this time, he became an expert on X-ray powder diffraction and Rietveld refinement. After receiving his PhD in 2006, Nicola started working as a senior scientist at RMS Foundation in Bettlach, Switzerland, with a focus on research, development, and characterization of bioceramics, specifically of calcium phosphate bone-graft substitutes. In 2010 he became deputy quality manager at RMS and specialized on validation of analytical methods. From 2015 to 2019 he took a part-time position as a senior lecturer at the Institute of Geological Sciences, University of Bern. Since 2016, Nicola leads the bioceramics team at RMS. Thanks to his many years of research on synthetic bone graft substitutes, he is now a recognized expert for the synthesis and characterization of calcium phosphate bioceramics.

Yassine Maazouz

Senior researcher at RMS Foundation, Bettlach, Switzerland

Dr. Yassine Maazouz holds an MSc from the European School of Material Science and Engineering (EEIGM, Université de Lorraine, France) and a PhD degree in Materials Science from the UPC (Technical University of Catalonia, Spain). His PhD dealt with low temperature 3D printed calcium phosphate scaffold by robocasting. He is an expert on calcium phosphate based bone graft substitutes and is trained and experienced in both academic and industrial R&D. His experience ranges from material science to preclinical and clinical research on biomaterials. He is co-author of more than 19 articles and participated in many international conferences as speaker. Yassine Maazouz is co-founder of Mimetis Biomaterials a spin-off company of the UPC that was recently sold to the Swiss based dental implant multinational Nobel Biocare AG; he has acted as CTO and member of the board of directors of the company for 5 years and has extensive experience in bone graft substitutes development and certification (2 products placed on the European market). He is now a senior researcher at RMS Foundation involved in product development in collaboration with medical device manufacturers.

Christoph StÀhli

RMS Foundation, Bettlach, Switzerland

Christoph StÀhli obtained a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Materials Science from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) and a Ph.D. from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where his research focussed on the angiogenic potential of copper-doped bioactive glasses in tissue engineering applications. He also holds a CAS in Management of Biotech, Medtech & Pharma Ventures from EPFL. At RMS Foundation since 2015, he provides materials testing and consulting services to customers from the MedTech industry and develops new analytical methods tailored to meet regulatory requirements of medical devices. In parallel, he conducts research on the physicochemical properties of synthetic calcium phosphate bone substitute materials, with a focus on crystalline structures and their transformations during sintering. He is (co-)author of more than 15 peer-reviewed publications.

Important Dates of the Bioceramics 33 conference

October 10, 2023

October 11, 2023

October 17-20, 2023

Sponsors Bioceramics 33

Important Dates of the GRIBOI conference

03 September 2023

October 16-17, 2023

Sponsors GRIBOI


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