Larry Hench SFB founder and Past-President of ISCM 1995, passes 12/16/15, Ft. Myers, FL

Larry L. Hench, PhD, passed away on December 16, in Ft. Myers, FL, at the age of 77.  Collectively (and for many of us personally), we have lost a wonderful and treasured friend, colleague, mentor, and staunch supporter of the Society For Biomaterials (SFB) and International Society for Ceramic in Medicine (ISCM) and the field of biomaterials and their applications more broadly.  At the time of his death, Larry was University Professor of Biomedical Engineering in the Florida Institute of Technology College of Engineering, and Director of the Florida Tech Center for Medical Materials and Photonics. Born in Ohio in 1938, Larry received his bachelor’s degree in 1961 and doctoral degree in 1964 in ceramic engineering from The Ohio State University.  After 32 years on the faculty, he retired from the University of Florida as Emeritus Professor to join the Imperial College, University of London, as chair of ceramic materials. There, he co-founded and co-directed the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine Centre for 10 years. Larry made many and seminal contributions to the field of bio-ceramics.   In 1969 he discovered Bioglass, the first man-made material to bond to living tissues, which is now clinically used throughout the world to repair bones, joints and teeth. Discoveries made by Hench and his colleagues in the 1980s and 1990s resulted in numerous Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approvals. In the mid-‘80s the FDA approved the use of bioactive glass devices to reconstruct the ossicular chain (part of the middle ear) and restore hearing. A subsequent FDA approval led to bioactive glass implants to replace teeth, maintain jaw stability and repair maxillo-facial bone defects. In the ‘90s the FDA approved the use of a particulate form of bioactive glass that led to regenerating new bone to repair bone defects caused by periodontal disease. Numerous other FDA approved applications were in orthopedic surgery, including repair of bone defects following revision surgery of failed hip and knee prostheses, and spinal repair. Twelve companies have been founded based upon technology created in Hench’s laboratories and the commercial products have led to numerous advanced technology awards.  A person with a great sense of humor, and also the ability to relate science to lay audiences, he authored a series of children’s books featuring Boing-Boing the Bionic Cat and educational materials such as workbooks, experiment books and hands-on kits to stimulate interest in science, engineering, technology and mathematics (STEM). Larry Hench was a founder and Past-President of the Society For Biomaterials (1979-80), and founder of ISCM and past president of Bioceramic ISCM meeting in 1995.  He served on and had leadership responsibilities on many committees and he received SFB’s Clemson Award for Basic Research in 1977 and the Founders Award in 1998. Larry earned many international awards, published 800 research papers, 30 books and has 32 U.S. patents. was a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE).  He was also a member of the World Academy of Ceramics and a fellow of numerous professional societies including the American Ceramic Society, Society of Glass Technology, and Institute of Materials. He was a Distinguished Life Member of the American Ceramic Society, the Society’s highest award, and has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Engineering by the Rose Hulman Institute of Technology.  Most recently, he was awarded the highly acclaimed international 2014 Acta Biomaterialia Gold Medal Award, which recognizes lifetime excellence in research and development in the field of biomaterials.

Submitted by Dr. Frederick Schoen (Society for Biomaterials USA) and Guy Daculsi (ISCM)



The 28th Symposium and Annual Meeting of the International Society for Ceramics in Medicine (BIOCERAMICS 28) will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA on October 18 – October 21, 2016.

Conference Venue: Omni Charlotte Hotel, located in uptown Charlotte, NC.

President of BIOCERAMICS 28 will be Dr. Ahmed El-Ghannam, PhD, Associate Editor Journal of Biomedical Materials Research, Associate Professor of Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Science, University of North Carolina at Charlotte. (

For the most current information about BIOCERAMICS 28, please visit the conference website https//

Questions about BIOCERAMICS 28 can be directed to


27th Symposium and Annual Meeting of the International Society for Ceramics in Medicine

OCTOBER 27 TO 29, 2015


Bioceramics 27

On behalf of the Organizing Committee, It is my great honor to invite you to the Bioceramics 27, the Annual Meeting of the International Society for Ceramics in Medicine to be held in Bali Island, Indonesia on October 27 to 29, 2015. Bioceramics 27 will gather scientists, engineers, manufacturer, dentists and surgeons from all over the world, and this is the first time to be held in Indonesia, also the first time in South East Asia region. The aim of the meeting is to bring together researchers and clinicians in order to establish open forum for presentation and discussion of the latest advancements in the field of bioceramics research and their medical applications. In this context, bioceramics has been widely used and plays important roles for several decades in orthopedic, spinal, maxillofacial surgery, drug delivery technology, and vaccine adjuvant as well as cell delivery in regenerative therapies. The clinical success depends on the intensive research to optimize the synthetic bioceramics- based system and understand the biological behavior. To achieve the goals, the conference will cover discussion on the advancement of new processing routes for bioceramics and biocomposites, surface engineering and bioceramic coatings, biomineralisation and biomimetics, bioceramics for drug delivery, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, cell and tissue interactions and clinical applications of bioceramics in dentistry and orthopedics.

Bioceramics 27 will be held in a splendid beautiful Bali Island, Indonesia. Bali is considered the most famous resort island in the world, which blends spectacular mountain scenery and beautiful beaches with warm and friendly people, and out of this: a vibrant culture. This is also a place where a memorable romantic comedy film “Eat, Pray and Love” (2010) was produced. Moreover, the island is easy to access from any parts of the world. Yet, the wonderful Bali Island offers the visitors endless opportunity to explore and enjoy. Furthermore, the year 2015 is very significant for ASEAN countries to evolve regional architecture to contribute more to the scientific development and economic growth. In this very important point Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), the oldest, biggest and most comprehensive university in Indonesia and as a co-founder of AUN (ASEAN University Network), is very proud to host Bioceramics 27 as a platform for research colleagues, especially young ones, can share the latest results of research, discuss problems, and envisage a new horizon of bioceramics.It is an honor to do our best to ensure that our expectations for Bioceramics 27 are exceeded. It is very honor to welcome you all to the beautiful Bali Island. We look forward to meeting you in Bali, Indonesia!

Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta

Ika Dewi Ana
President of Bioceramics 27

Bioceramics 26 – Barcelona

Bioceramics 26 Barcelona Spain 2014, november 6-8
Raquel LeGeros Award

The Racquel LeGeros Award is established to recognize, encourage and stimulate outstanding research contributions to the field of bioceramics and is annually presented during the Bioceramics International Symposium and Annual Meeting of the International Society for Ceramics in Medicine. It consists of a certificate, a plaque and a refund of the registration fee and travelling expenses to the conference, in addition to an economic remuneration.

The nominee must have contributed significantly to the knowledge in the fields of bioceramics and biomineralization, where Racquel LeGeros was a true pioneer, through basic, experimental and/or clinical research. He/she must in addition have largely contributed to the Bioceramics Conference in the past, and be registered in its present edition.

Candidates will be assessed by an independent Bioceramics Award Committee, currently chaired by Prof. Maria-Pau Ginebra, integrated by three members of the ISCM Executive Comitee and a representative of the Award Sponsor, Biomatlante SA (France), Himled (USA), EincoBio (Brazyl).

Any member of the International Society for Ceramics in Medicine may nominate candidates for the Raquel LeGeros Award. The proposer should send the curriculum vitae of the candidate along with a statement describing the reasons for nomination. The deadline for nomination of candidates for this award is the 30th September 2014.

25th Symposium and Annual Meeting of the International Society for Ceramics in Medicine

The 25th Symposium and Annual Meeting of the International Society for Ceramics in Medicine – BIOCERAMICS 25  will take place at the Conference Center from Howard-Johnson Grand Plaza Hotel, Bucharest, Romania during November 07-10th 2013. (

BIOCERAMICS 25 is the well established world-class event in bioceramics and the ceramics applications in medicine, and will bring together a panel of highly-accomplished experts from around the world working in different interdisciplinary areas: bioceramics processing and synthesis, bioceramics characterization and testing, cells and tissues interaction with bioceramics, tissue engineering, surface engineering and bioceramic coatings, adhesion and interface phenomena, biomineralization and biomimetics, biocomposites, clinical applications of bioceramics in medicine (especially in dentistry and orthopaedics). During the three-day conference, we will feature keynote addresses, plenary invited talks, a number of oral and poster sessions. Also, during the conference the participants will be able to visit the exhibition organized in the same area where will be present different companies interested to promote their products related to bioceramics synthesis and processing, bioceramics characterization and testing, tissue engineering products, dental and orthopaedic applications of bioceramics. The conference will enhance the networking of the participants with exceptional academic, clinical & industrial professionals and will act as a good platform to find partners for international research collaborationsIn addition to scientific events, you can take some reasonable time to visit the beautiful Bucharest and surrounding area.

We would kindly ask you to promote and distribute the BIOCERAMICS 25 Conference to your colleagues, research fellows, students, project collaborators, and any Networks/Forums/Associations you participate in!

On the conference website ( you could find all the relevant information regarding the conference! The registration process it’s now OPEN! The deadline for abstract submission is 10th May 2013.

Looking forward to seeing you in Bucharest in November 2013 during the BIOCERAMICS 25!

Best regards,

Iulian Antoniac

President, BIOCERAMICS 25

News on Bioceramics Applications and Development

The Bioceramics Development and Applications (BDA) is a scholarly open access, peer-reviewed, and fully refereed journal dedicated to publishing articles concern chemical composition and physical structure, interactions with biological fluids, cells and tissues, surface modification and analysis are key issues in the field. Hybrid materials issue, combining cells and growth factors, are also accepted for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine applications in addition to drug delivery system, gene therapy, and carrier for growth factors. Other specific topics have been polymers and composites for development of Minimal Invasive Surgery (MIS) using injectable biomaterial.

BDA currently accepts manuscripts through Ashdin online manuscript tracking system ( Simply log-in into the system (or register first) and follow the on-screen instructions to upload the manuscript file.

The members of the International Society for Ceramics in Medicine will get 33% discount off the article processing charges (i.e., the author will pay only 100 euros upon acceptance).

Once a manuscript has been accepted for publication, it will undergo language copyediting, typesetting, and reference validation in order to provide the highest publication quality possible.

For further information, please visit the journal website ( or contact the Editorial Office (

ISACB 6 Nantes France June 5-8, 2013 Annoucement

ISACB 2013 Symposium – 6th International Symposium on Apatites and Correlative Biomaterials

5-8 June 2013
Nantes, France
Nantes University, INSERM U791 LIOAD Laboratory for Osteoarticular and Dental Engineering

This is a unique opportunity for all those involved in science, research and development, technology and clinical application of apatite and related biomaterials to come together with researchers, medical and dental clinicians, veterinary surgeons and allied health disciplines to promote the worldwide advancement of Apatite Science and Technology in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine.
This specific Interdisciplinary Symposium integrate currently developed apatite and related experimental research and development and clinical needs. ISACB 5 was organized in 2010 in Australia. Three years after ISACB6 will be in Nantes, a recognized University for Bioceramics development. The policy of the symposium is also aims to provide inspiration for further growth and development of students.
It will be the aim of the 6th edition of the symposium to bring a single session meeting with invited lectures by international speakers and founders of ISACB. Innovative topics, new biotechnology approaches and stimulating clinical debates, will be led by a balance of international and national speakers and the opportunity for industry to contribute.
The meeting will pay particular interest to current needs, expectations, directions and goals for the progress of the development, production and use of apatite, apatite containing composites, apatite with biogenic additives, characterization methods, animal and clinical trials, clinical applications, properties and applications for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine by scientists and clinicians.
In addition to scientific events and the trade exhibit, you can take some reasonable time to visit the historical place of Nantes and most famous beach of Europe (La Baule), and to appreciate the French gastronomy with the Brittany sea food.

Session Topics
• Advances in research, development and applications of apatite and calcium phosphate biomaterials
• Bioceramics
• Bone grafts and cements
• Osteogenic-osteoinductive scaffolds
• Orthopedic and dental implant surface modification and coatings;
• Scaffolds for tissue engineering
• Biotechnology and Drug delivery systems
• MSC, growth-factor carriers and biogenics
• Cell and tissue response to biomaterials
• Nanomedicine and nanotechnology
• Clinical applications
• Commercialisation of tissue engineering implants

Abstracts Key Dates
Abstract submissions available through online access 30 march 2013
Abstract acceptance 15 April 2013
Full papers (to be published in 2013 issues of Bioceramics Development and Application, the ISCM Journal, International Society for Ceramic in Medicine) 30 may 2013