Featured Keynote Speaker

Dr. Gregory Sawyer 

N. C. Ebaugh Chair
Professor and Distinguished Teaching Scholar
University of Florida
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering/Materials Science and Engineering


Soft Matter Manufacturing and Regenerative Medicine


Greg Sawyer Soft Matter ManufacturingThe Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute (ARMI) brings together a consortium of nearly 100 partners from across industry, government, academia and the non-profit sector to develop next-generation manufacturing processes and technologies for cells, tissues and organs. 

Dr. Gregory Sawyer is leading a research initiative on the University of Florida campus to create scalable manufacturing processes for engineered tissues and organs. 

ARMI aims to provide bone replacement for soldiers who have been injured in the battlefield. The program’s goal is to develop bone that can be implanted in people and incorporated into their existing bone and skeleton without rejection.

The ARMI initiative, in partnership with the Department of Defense, leverages UF’s Soft Matter Engineering Center, which has developed technologies for 3D printing of soft materials. These printing techniques pioneered by Sawyer’s colleague, professor Tommy Angelini, enable the precise placement and support of cells, tissues, and materials in 3D.

Dr. Gregory Sawyer is the N. C. Ebaugh Chair and professor in the departments of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Florida. His research interests have led to many adventures, from operating experiments (remotely) in space on the International Space Station to conducting experiments in vivo on a cornea.



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