Ureteral stents: from modelling to commercialisation

We are delighted to welcome you to the second Training School (TS) hosted by the “Computational simulation, biomedical fluid dynamics and biomechanical characterisation” Working Group of the European Network of Multidisciplinary research to Improve urinary Stents (ENIUS). The training school will be held at the Swiss Institute for Translational and Entrepreneurial Medicine on September 10th and 11th 2019.

As part of ENIUS, we aim to develop an experimentally-validated computational setting to guide and assess future urinary stent designs. This is the first time that such a large scale multicentre computational effort has been applied to urinary stent design. To realise this goal we are bringing together mathematicians, bioengineers, computational scientists, biologists, clinicians, industrial and regulatory partners.

This Training School builds on the momentum initiated at our previous TS held in September 2018 at the University of Oxford. We have assembled a multi-disciplinary group of clinicians, biologists and physical scientists to present recent advances in mathematical, computational, in-vitro, and in-vivo approaches to further our understanding of fluid mechanics within the stented ureter and to identify current challenges in urinary stent design that can be tackled using combined experimental and theoretical approaches. An exciting aspect of this TS is the inclusion of leading speakers from the world of industry (ranging from start-up phase to established MedTech enterprises) and regulatory affairs.  These speakers will share their experiences of commercialisation in the medtech industry, and how they have addressed industrial and regulatory challenges when taking their “next-generation” products from bench-to-bedside.

In addition to the exciting program of talks from the academic, industrial and regulatory sectors, we will also have several poster sessions to further facilitate scientific knowledge exchange between all the participants. The conference apéro (or Swiss Buffet) will take place at Panorama Restaurant of Inselspital and will of course also provide further opportunities for scientific discussion and networking with the unique landscape of the Swiss Alps and the city of Bern.

We wish you an enjoyable and successful meeting,
Francesco Clavica, Sarah Waters and Dario Carugo

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