Human 3D Tissue Models

3R in the Light of Drug Development & MDR



Thursday, November 7, 2019
9.00 - 18:00

Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC, Neunerplatz 2, 97082 Würzburg

The event is presented in cooperation with Fraunhofer Translational Center Regenerative Therapies TLC-RT.

Registration: Please register via our Online-Shop 

Brochure of the event

Please note that special safety regulations apply at the Fraunhofer ISC.
Before the event, Forum MedTech Pharma will inform Fraunhofer ISC about the participants: names and companies.

Participation Fee:
Non-members Industry: 320,- €
Non-members Research, Clinics & Start-Ups: 240,- €

Members of Forum MedTech Pharma e.V. Industry: 192,- € 
Members of Forum MedTech Pharma e.V. Research, Clinics & Start-Ups: 144,- €
(plus VAT on the Catering)

Concept and Organisation: Forum MedTech Pharma e.V.

Contact Person: Dr. Monika Mügschl-Scharf (

Cancellations received before October 31, 2019 are exempt from charges. For later cancellations and for non-attendance, the full amount will be incurred. Your address data is only used internally by Forum MedTech Pharma e.V.

An improvement in the ability to predict drug failures before clinical trials could save much money in drug development. For medical devices, more and more (pre)clinical studies are required according to the new medical device regulation (MDR). One of the most promising technologies to tackle both those challenges could be three-dimensional human tissue models.

To provide a platform to discuss the boundaries and opportunities of such models as an alternative to animal testing, Forum MedTech Pharma, together with Fraunhofer ISC, presents the Conference "Human 3D Tissue Models: 3R in the Light of Pharma Development and MDR".

At the conference, representatives of research institutes, clinics and industry will present novel human 3D tissue models and test systems, applied in pharma research and development as well as for medical device testing. Upcoming technologies such as Bio-Printing or Organ-on-a-Chip will also be demonstrated. Industrial and clinical users will formulate their needs as prerequisite for a yet broader application of such models. The opportunities and boundaries of those models as an alternative to animal testing as well as regulatory aspects will be discussed.

If you (as registered participant) are interested in presenting your technologies or services around 3D tissue models to the audience, you can apply for a short pitch presentation. Please contact Dr. Monika Muegschl-Scharf for further information:, +49 911 20671-334.

Zeit Referent Titel
from 9:00    Registration & Welcome Coffee
10:00 Dr. Monika Mügschl-Scharf
Forum MedTech Pharma e.V., Nürnberg

Prof. Dr. Gerhard Sextl & Dr. Florian-Kai Groeber-Becker
Fraunhofer ISC, Würzburg

Session 1: Alternative Models for Drug Development

10:20 Dr. Braham Shroot
SAS Benelod, Antibes (FR)

Skin Tissue Models in Drug Discovery

10:45 Dr. Florian-Kai Groeber-Becker
Fraunhofer ISC, Würzburg
In vitro In vitro Skin Models as New Tools for Dermatological Research

(only for participants and members, PDF 1,5 MB)

11:10 Dr. Daniela Werkmann
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt
3D Tissue Models in Drug Development of Osteoarthritis

(only for participants and members, PDF 2 MB)

11:35 Dr. Markus Rimann
TEDD Competence Center, ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Wädenswil (CH)
Bioprinted Skeletal Muscle Tissue for Drug Development

(only for participants and members, PDF 2,1 MB)

12:00 Discussion

12:10 - 13:15 Lunch Break

Session 2: Upcoming Technologies

13:15 Prof. Dr. Maike Windbergs
Institute of Pharmaceutical Technology and Buchmann Institute for Molecular Life Sciences, Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main

Raman Spectroscopy for Cell and Tissue Analysis in Skin Research

13:40 Dr. Katharina Schimek
TissUse GmbH, Berlin

Applying Multi-Organ-Chip Technology in Safety and Efficacy Testing: Progress and Challenges

14:05 Prof. Dr. Colin McGuckin
CTIBiotech, Meyzieu-Lyon (FR)

3D Bioprinted Human Cancer Models for Drug Development and Personalised Medicine

14:30 Dr. Jens M. Kelm
PreComb Therapeutics AG, Hombrechtikon (CH)

Microtissues for Functional Precision Medicine

14:55 Discussion
15:05 Among others:
• Standardisation of Bio-Inks, Dr. Ellena Hönig, NMI Natural and Medical Sciences Institute at the University of Tübingen, Reutlingen
• Cell-based Assays for Measuring Cellular Response in 3D Cultures, Birgit Lohninger, Promega GmbH, Mannheim
• Reduction of Animal Experiments for the Testing of Medical Devices, Dominik Böck, senetics healthcare group GmbH & Co. KG, Ansbach

Pitches: Technologies & Services for 3D Tissue Models

15:30 - 16:00 Coffee Break

Session 3: Alternative Models in Medical Device Testing

16:00 Dr. Ernst-Ulrich Berndt
Natural Dental Implants AG, Berlin
Tissue Models in Medical Device Testing

(only for participants and members, PDF 1,2 MB)

16:25 Daniel Seitz
BioMed Center Innovation gGmbH, Bayreuth
Towards Bone Implant Medical Product Registration Without Animal Testing

(download only for participants and members, PDF 4 MB)

16:50 Discussion

from 17:00 Get-together