Workshop 7:Living Cell-based Microrobotics for Precise Medical Therapeutics

Organizers: Jong-Oh Park

Timeslot: 14:30 – 17:30
Room: Carré 2L


Biomedical microrobotics has attracted great interest because of the invasiveness and high targeting efficiency. However, the development of microrobots still has problems, such as difficulty in fabrication of high controllability, reliability, and efficiency containing microactuators and microsensors using biodegradable and biocompatible materials, and in meeting the critical requirements related to several theragnostic properties. To overcome the challenges of scaling down robotic and other functional devices, living cells-based microrobots have received significant attentions because of their strong merits: biocompatible, biodegradable, self-sensing, self-actuation, and theragnostic properties. In this workshop, three different specific cells for microrobot will be discussed; Bacterial cell, immune cell, and stem cell. The bacterial cells and immune cells have great potential abilities such as natural sensing the tumor, migrating deep into the tumor, and exerting cytotoxic effects on tumor. Therefore, first two topics will be focused on how to utilize these abilities of the bacterial and immune cells with robot-technology, respectively, in order to realize the localization of therapeutic agents to the tumor lesion and prevention of the spread of therapeutic agents into normal tissues in short time period with high targeting capability. Moreover, autologous cell-based therapy, which uses stem cell, has attracted great interest in tissue regeneration. One of the challenging issues for the stem cell therapy, however, is to deliver the large amounts of the cell to the defect region with minimally invasive way. Hence, the last topic will be discussed with how to actively and precisely deliver the stem cell to the target region by the operator’s control.

Speakers and Agenda:

Introduction to cell-based microrobotics (1 presenter)

  • Jong-Oh Park
    Medical Microrobot Center
    Chonnam National University, Korea
  • Eunpyo Choi
    Medical Microrobot Center
    Chonnam National University, Korea

Cell-based therapeutics in the view of practical medical clinician (1 presenter)

  • Jin-San Zhang
    School of Pamaceutical Science
    Center for Precision Medicine
    Bio-Med Collaborative Innovation Center
    Wenzhou Medical University, China
  • John B. Sunwoo
    Department of Otolaryngology
    Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Yong Yeon Jeong
    Department of Radiology
    Chonnam National University Hwasun Hospital, Korea
  • Sang Young Jeong
    MEDIPOST, Korea

Bacterial cell-based microrobot (1 presenter)

  • Sylvain Martel
    Department of Computer & Software Engineering
    Institute of Biomedical Engineering
    Polytechnique Montréal, Montréal, QC, Canada
  • Min Jun Kim,
    Department of Mechanical Engineering
    Southern Methodist University, USA
  • Sukho Park
    Department of Robotics Engineering
    Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology, Korea

Immune cell-based microrobot (2 presenter)

  • Eue-Soon Jang
    Department of Applied Chemistry
    Kumoh National Institute of Technology, Korea
  • Munitta Muthana
    Departments of Infection and Immunity,
    University of Sheffield, Sheffield S102RX, UK
  • Jiwon Han
    Robot Research Initiative, Medical Microrobot Center
    Chonnam National University, Korea
  • Nguyen Van Du
    Robot Research Initiative, Medical Microrobot Center
    Chonnam National University, Korea

Stem cell-based microrobotics (2 presenter)

  • Ki-Bum Lee
    Department of Biomedical Engineering
    Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology
    Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA
  • Sarka Kubinova
    Department of Biomaterials and Biophysical Methods
    Institute of Experimental Medicine of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic
  • Tammy L Kalber
    Centre for Advanced Biomedical Imaging
    University College London, UK
  • Taeyong Kim
    biot inc.
  • Gwangjun Go
    Robot Research Initiative, Medical Microrobot Center
    Chonnam National University, Korea

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