INTRODUCTION

The use of polymers in medicine and biology is a scientifically and commercially important area that has attracted a large number of interdisciplinary scientists and engineers. In view of the need, this POLY workshop started in 2002 and has been offered every 2-4 years since then. Over the years, a community has evolved around the participants of the workshop, and new participants have congregated around it. In the meantime, this field continues to innovate with new developments, new instrumentation, and new applications. It is useful for POLY to continue this workshop in order to cover this important scientific topic and to capture the practitioners in this field under the POLY umbrella.

CO-CHAIRS

Buddy D. Ratner
University of Washington Engineered Biomaterials
Box 351720
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: 206-685-1005 Ratner@uweb.engr.washington.edu
Theresa M. Reineke
Distinguished McKnight University Professor
Department of Chemistry
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN 55455
treineke@umn.edu
Heather D. Maynard
UCLA
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Molecular Sciences Building 4505B
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1569
Phone: 310-267-5162
maynard@chem.ucla.edu
Paul Burke
Burke Bioventures LLC
1 Broadway Fl 14
Cambridge, MA 02142-1187
Phone: 805-312-5121
pburke@alum.mit.edu