Biopolymers / Polymers in Medicine


Announcing a local biopolymer / polymers in medicine short course sponsored by the Golden Gate Polymer Forum
Three-day Tutorial Short Course—“Biopolymers: Polymers in Medicine”
To be presented by world-renowned experts:
Prof. Allan S. Hoffman, University of Washington
Prof. Stuart K. Williams, University of Arizona
Prof. Gary E. Wnek, Case Western Reserve University

May 5, 6 and 7, 2006
Guidant Corporation, 3200 Lakeside Drive, Santa Clara CA 95054

(The GGPF extends a special thanks to Guidant Corporation for providing their conference rooms and facilities for this event.)

This three-day short course will provide an excellent introduction to the properties, characterization, processing and applications of biopolymer materials in medicine for those who have not had a formal course, or for anyone who might like an up-to-date refresher course by three well-regarded instructors and researchers. The combination of excellent experienced teachers, a convenient location in the Bay Area, a low price, and the convenient timing (one regular work day, Friday, and two weekend days), makes this an exceptional opportunity.

Please mention to those of your colleagues and friends who are not on the GGPF mail list but who might benefit from this introductory course. Many people who work with polymers in medicine have had little opportunity for class-room exposure to this special class of materials or cannot find the time away from work to take a full-semester class. This short course should be highly useful for anyone in such a situation, and we believe it represents excellent value.

Course details and registration information are given below.

Biopolymers – Polymers in Medicine Short Course
presented by
Prof. Allan S. Hoffman (ASH), University of Washington
Prof. Stuart K. Williams (SKW), University of Arizona
Prof. Gary E. Wnek (GEW), Case Western Reserve University

Detailed Short-Course Agenda:
Biopolymer – Polymers in Medicine Tutorial, May 5, 6 and 7 Short-Course Outline
All Lectures are in TR1, 2 and 3 at Guidant Corporation at 3200 Lakeside, Santa Clara.

DAY 1- Friday, May 5, 2006
Registration and Continental Breakfast
7:30 - 8:30 AM Obtain Guidant badge in front lobby and GGPF registration materials, GGPF badge and binders at registration table in lobby area just outside TR1, 2 and 3.  Continental B-fast in TR lobby area.
8:30 – 9:30 A.M. ASH Course overview and historical introduction to biomaterials: The early history of biomaterials to the present day
9:30 – 9:45 A.M. Break TR lobby
9:45 – 11:00 A.M. GEW Structure-Property Relationships I: Synthetic Polymers with Applications in Medicine (HDPE, PS, plasticized PVC, silicones, polyurethanes)
11:00 – 12:00 P.M. GEW Structure-Property Relationships II: Synthetic Biodegradable Polymers (PLA, PGA, copolymers and related materials)
12:00 – 1:00 PM Lunch GDT Courtyard
1:00 – 2:00 P.M. GEW Structure-Property Relationships III: Bio-Derived Polymers (PHAs, collagen, elastin, etc.)
2:00 – 2:15 P.M. Break TR lobby
2:15 – 3:30 P.M. ASH Hydrogels
3:30 – 3:40 P.M. Break TR lobby
3:40 – 4:40 P.M. ASH Biomaterial surfaces and biomolecule immobilization
5:30 – 7:00 P.M.
Wine and Cheese Reception – GDT Courtyard – drop GDT badge off in front lobby before leaving, but keep GGPF badge.

DAY 2-Saturday, May 6, 2006
7:30 - 8:30 AM Obtain Guidant badge in front lobby.  Wear GGPF Badge. Continental B-fast in TR lobby
8:30 – 9:45 A.M. ASH Non-fouling surfaces
9:45 – 10:00 A.M. Break TR lobby
10:00 – 11:15 A.M. ASH Drug Delivery Systems, Part 1
11:15 – 12:00 P.M. ASH Drug Delivery Systems, Part 2
12:00 – 1:15 PM Lunch GDT courtyard
1:15 – 2:15 P.M. ASH Drug Delivery Systems, Part 3
2:15– 2:30 P.M. Break TR lobby
2:30 – 3:30 P.M. SKW Biocompatibility and Blood/Material Interactions I: overview and fundamentals
3:30 – 3:45 P.M. Break TR lobby
3:45 – 4:30 P.M. SKW Biocompatibility and Blood/Material Interactions II: mitigation of infection  and inflammation
Adjourn 4:30 Drop Guidant badge off in front lobby before leaving, but keep GGPF badge.
DAY 3-Sunday, May 7, 2006
7:30 - 8:30 AM Obtain Gu
dant badge in front lobby.  Wear GGPF badge. Continental B-fast in TR lobby
8:30 – 9:45 A.M. SKW Tissue Engineering I: overview
9:45 – 10:00 A.M. Break TR lobby
10:00 – 11:00 A.M. SKW Tissue Engineering II: cell-polymer interactions
11:00 – 12:00 P.M. SKW Choice of animal models to evaluate device-tissue interaction
12:00 – 1:00 PM Lunch TR lobby
1:00 – 2:00 P.M. GEW Polymer Characterization: First-Level Lab Stations (spectroscopy, GPC, thermal analysis)
2:00 – 2:15 P.M. Break TR lobby
2:15 – 3:30 P.M. GEW Polymer Processing/Fabrication
3:30 – 3:40 P.M. Break TR lobby
3:40 – 4:30 P.M. All Challenges and Opportunities in Medicine
4:30 Drop of GGPF badge by GGPF registration table and GDT badge in front lobby

Practical Details:

Location: TR1, 2 and 3 Conference Rooms, Guidant Corporation, 3200 Lakeside Drive, Santa Clara, CA 95054.  See,+santa+clara,+california&iwloc=A&hl=en for driving directions.
Special instructions for access procedures, timing, parking, etc. will be provided to those who register for the event by April 28.

Continental breakfast and lunch provided on site each day, as part of course expense (no additional charge). Wine & Cheese reception will be provided at end of lectures on the first day only.

Hardcopy lecture notes from all speakers will be provided to all attendees.


Advance Registration and payment required. No drop-ins will be allowed. 495 for early registration on or before April 14.  $595 after April 14. No reservations accepted after April 21 or when the 120 attendee limit is reached.
No reservation will be considered complete until payment is received.
As a courtesy to attendees that require hotel reservations, a block of rooms has been reserved at The Plaza Suites, conveniently located right next door to Guidant.  Reserving by April 4th and stating your wish to have GGPF rates, provides you with a rate of $91.50 per night for the nights of May 4th through May 7th.  After April 4th, these rates depend upon availability. Room reservations cancelled within seventy-two (72) hours will be charged one night’s room and tax, including no-shows.  There is also a free shuttle to and from the San Jose Airport.  See for reservations (408)-748-9800 and,+Santa+Clara,+California for location.

To register (please read carefully):

(1) Begin the registration process on the web page, www. by filling in the entries in the box at the bottom of the page. You can either (a) register by Credit Card through Paypal, or (b) register and mail a check.  We will need your name, affiliation, and contact information as requested. (We will put your affiliation on your nametag.) The web page form will provide us your information; if you decide to register by check, you still need to provide payment by mailing the check, made out to “GGPF” in the appropriate amount. Write the check to “GGPF”, but mail it to:
Nayan Ashar, 1114 Craig Drive, San Jose, CA 95129 (questions? Call 408-316-1619).

(2) Your registration will not be complete until payment is received by either credit card (preferred) or check. For purposes of registration dates, or for first-come first-served issues, we will use either your date of registration by credit card or the post office date on the envelope which contains the check.

(3) You will be given a receipt on Friday May 5th when you arrive for the class. If you need a receipt sooner, contact Lothar Kleiner at and ask for one to be mailed to you.

(4) Reservations will be accepted in the order received until the class size limit is reached. We expect to accommodate 120 and anticipate selling out. -----> Early reservations are encouraged.

Cancellation Policy:
(1) Cancellations by you: allowed, with refund available, until April 14. You must cancel in writing and have a verifiable acknowledgment from us that you have cancelled in time.
No cancellations allowed after April 14. Registrants who fail to attend and who did not cancel in time will not receive a refund.
If you personally cannot attend, another attendee from your organization my substitute by arrangement only (contact Lothar Kleiner).

(2) Cancellations by us: in the unlikely event that not enough registrations are obtained, the class will be cancelled. If this happens, you will be notified in April.  Either your credit card or your check will not be cashed or if cashed, you will receive a full refund from the GGPF.

for course content or registration questions, contact Lothar Kleiner,
for GGPF web page issues, contact GGPF Webmaster,
if you can’t reach either of the above, contact Clayton Henderson,


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