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Professor Ian A. Nicholls is an academic working at the crossroads of chemistry, medicine, physics, and materials engineering/nanotechnology. He holds professorships in chemistry at Linnaeus University (Sweden) and Uppsala University (Sweden) and in materials engineering at Jiangsu University (PRC).
His research focuses upon the development of small and macromolecular biomimetic systems using various rational design strategies, and their use as objects for fundamental studies and as essential components in the development of new therapies, clinical and environmental diagnostics and functional materials such as catalysts and biomaterials.
Professor Jöns Hilborn is since 2001 the head of the Polymer Chemistry program at the Department of Materials Chemistry, Uppsala University in Sweden. He has extensive management experience from life science industry and coordination of European projects. His research interests are in the design, synthesis and preparation of polymers and specifically materials for tissue scaffolds and as delivery vehicles. The current focus is on injectable in-vivo gel forming matrices that act on endogenous cells to regenerate and the development of RNAi to allow translation to therapies.
His laboratory combines chemistry, biology, engineering with medicine to bring basic research findings from the lab bench to the clinic and commercial applications. He served as president of "Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society” (TERMIS), which he was a part of creating. He currently serves as ERC panel chair, board member of the UK medical research council in regenerative medicine, associate editor, international advisor and the editorial board for several journals. He received his PhD from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, followed by seven years in industry before he joined the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Switzerland for eight years. He is a frequently invited speaker at international events and has published >300 scientific papers (h=45), 26 patents and has started seven companies.