New Innovations in Polymers And (bio)Materials

A Symposium on the Future of Biomaterials to Celebrate
Allan S. Hoffman's 80
th Birthday

December 14-17, 2012
Hyatt Regency Hotel
Ka'anapali, Maui, Hawaii, USA

NIPAM-80 has ended.
Thank you to all participants and speakers!

Thank you letter from Allan Hoffman

Dear NIPAM-80 participants and attendees:

I feel very humbled and hugely honored by the wonderful NIPAM-80 meeting! And there are over 110 people I want to thank for this great scientific and social event!

First and foremost, I want to thank Buddy Ratner and Pat Stayton for conceiving of the meeting and for attracting such a fantastic array of the top innovators in our field. The fact that so many scientists registered and attended this conference is a direct consequence of the high quality of the program that Buddy and Pat put together.

Then I want to thank each and every person who attended the meeting. I know you each spent a lot of time, energy and money to come to Maui, and as a “frequent flyer”, I can fully appreciate every bit of that!!

To the speakers: your talks were simply outstanding! To the poster presenters: your posters were icing on the cake! And to each of the attendees: your interest in the talks and your high attendance at all times clearly reflected the high quality of the program.

I also want to thank Janet Wilt and Sam Herschbein for their hard work and organizational skills that produced a beautiful program book, nice, readable badges, a super reception and a fantastic banquet... not to mention the great weather that they organized for the week!

Finally, I want to thank all the sponsors for their generous support:
  • Sigma-Aldrich;
  • World Class University (WCU) Program of Kyungpook National University Medical School, Daegu, South Korea;
  • University of Washington: College of Engineering, Dept of Bioengineering, UWEB, Molecular Engineering and Sciences Institute;

As I said above, I have been very humbled and hugely honored by this wonderful NIPAM-80 meeting! Thank you very much, everyone!

Allan Hoffman

Group Photo of NIPAM-80


Sponsored By:
Aldrich-200x38   World-Class-University-100x100   COE-200x27
UWEB21-200x85   MolES-200x46   BioE-200x107


Allan Hoffman has had phenomenal impact on biomaterials, diagnostics, medical devices and drug delivery as a pioneer, innovator and educator. Allan will turn 80 this year, and we invite you to join us to be part of a rich scientific symposium, a celebration of our accomplishments as a discipline and a tribute to Allan’s accomplishments.

Forty years ago, Allan S. Hoffman published his first paper in the biomaterials literature. Starting with that first paper on hydrophilizing silicone elastomer, he has consistently led revolutionary advances in radiation processing, surface modication, biomolecule immobilization, blood compatibility, phase-change polymers, drug and nucleotide delivery, bioconjugates, molecular diagnostic systems, biomolecule purification and smart polymer design. This meeting celebrates Allan Hoffman's accomplishments by bringing together those who created the biomaterials field and those who are leading it into the future. Past, present and future will be addressed and analyzed.

This was the third Hoffman Symposium. The prior meetings (1992, 2002) have been special in their breadth of themes, international scope and cutting edge presentations. We have especially found the combination of fundamental biomaterials science with an exciting translational medical developments to be especially impactful and unique. Another special focus of this meeting will be on how developments going back to late 1960’s influence today’s fields of drug delivery and biomaterials, and how we can transcend these historical precedents to achieve improved device, pharmaceutical, and diagnostic technologies for patients, and value for the companies manufacturing them. We hope to continue this coalescence of advances in materials synthesis, pharmaceutical applications of drug carriers, medical device applications, and fundamental molecular engineering so that we can make new connections and find inspiration from this Hoffman-inspired network that geographically spans the globe and interconnects science, engineering and medicine.

List of Speakers:
  • James M. Anderson
  • Kristi S. Anseth
  • John Brash
  • Dave Castner
  • Guohua Chen
  • Jie Chen
  • Menglin Chen
  • Ashutosh Chilkoti
  • Stuart Cooper
  • Arthur Coury
  • Joseph M. DeSimone
  • Xiaohu Gao
  • Sei Kwang Hahn
  • Kevin Healy
  • Thomas Horbett
  • Kazuhiko Ishihara
  • Shaoyi Jiang
  • Erika Johnston
  • Kazunori Kataoka
  • Ali Khademhosseini
  • In-San Kim
  • Sung Wan Kim
  • Peter Kingshott
  • Lothar Kleiner
  • Hyun Joon Kong
  • Jindrich Kopecek
  • James Lai
  • Deborah Leckband
  • Kam W. Leong
  • Gabriel Lopez
  • Mizuo Maeda
  • Taki (Takehisa) Matsuda
  • Heather Maynard
  • James McGrath
  • Philip Messersmith
  • Claudio Migliaresi
  • Morikazu Miura
  • Takashi Miyata
  • Niren Murthy
  • Yukio Nagasaki
  • Katsuhiko Nakamae
  • Ravin Narain
  • Matt O'Donnell
  • Teruo Okano
  • Nicholas Peppas
  • Suzie Hwang Pun
  • Buddy Ratner
  • Rui Reis
  • Judy Riffle
  • Daniel T. Schwartz
  • Michael Sefton
  • Tueng T. Shen
  • Patrick Stayton
  • Giyoong Tae
  • Vladimir Torchilin
  • Matt Trau
  • Ryo Yoshida

Program Co-Chairs:

Professor Buddy D. Ratner Professor Patrick S. Stayton

Janet Wilt
jwilt at uw dot edu