Establishment of

Baltic Biomaterials Centre of Excellence

ScSB 2021

Event date: 14-06-2021

June 14, 2021
8:30 - 18:00 Brussels time, CEST

The safety and well-being of all conference participants is our priority. Facing the COVID-19 pandemic and its various effects, the Scandinavian Society for Biomaterials annual conference ScSB 2021 was held as virtual event.

The ScSB 2021 abstracts are published in eCM journal:


The topic of the conference was dedicated to “Customized Solutions” in any kind of areas connected with biomaterials. This can be related to, e.g., in vitro and in vivo models for specific applications, chemical composition and structure of implant materials, drug delivery systems and applications in clinic.

110 abstracts have been reviewed. Represented 19 countries: the abstract authors from Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Latvia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, The Netherlands, UK, Belgium, The United States of America and Turkey. Each of the submitted abstract was independently and carefully reviewed by members of the ScSB 2021 Scientific Committee. All abstracts were assessed by the same scientific criteria.


Peter Uppstu, Åbo Akademi University, Finland
Cecilia Persson, Uppsala University, Sweden
My Hedhammar, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
Gissur Örlygsson, Innovation Center Iceland, Iceland
Vygandas Rutkunas, Vilnius University, Lithuania
Gemma Mestres Beà, Uppsala University, Sweden
Dagnija Loča, Riga Technical University, Latvia
Kristīne Šalma-Ancāne, Riga Technical University, Latvia
Arita Dubņika, Riga Technical University, Latvia
Kristaps Rubenis, Riga Technical University, Latvia
Kārlis Agris Gross, Riga Technical University, Latvia
Michael Gasik, Aalto University, Finland
Maija Dambrova, Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis, Latvia
Tom Coenye, Ghent University, Belgium
Wojciech Swieszkowski, Warsaw University of Technology, Poland
Līga Stīpniece, Riga Technical University, Latvia
Kristaps Kļaviņs, Riga Technical University, Latvia


The registration fee for virtual ScSB 2021: EUR 50,00. The fee includes online access to all sessions as indicated in the ScSB 2021 programme.

And finally, we are also looking forward to welcoming you all in ScSB 2022 in Jurmala, Latvia in the year 2022, returning to face-to-face events!

Poster sessions 

A: "In vivo/clinical applications"

A1   M. Sayilekshmy, M. Dambrova, A. Sizovs. Cells and extracellular molecules involved in bone fracture healing. Presentation by Manasi Sayilekshmy. Latvian Institute of Organic Chemistry /Latvia/. 

A2   M. Gaile, E. Papia, V. Zalite, J. Locs, U. Soboleva. Resin cement residue removal techniques: analysis of marginal defects and discolouration intensity using micro-CT and stereomicroscopy. Presentation by Mara Gaile. Riga Stradins University /Latvia/. 

A3   S. Grinberga, E. Papia, V. Zalite, J. Locs, U.Soboleva. Effect of initial temporary cementation on adhesively bonded overlays using a tensile strength test. An in- vitro study. Presentation by Sanita Grinberga. Institute of Stomatology, RSU /Latvia/. 

B: "Ceramic, glass and metallic biomaterials"

B1   S. Batalova, L. Stipniece, A.Sceglovs, I.Kreicberga, K. Salma-Ancane. A Comparative Study of Strontium-Substituted and Strontium Ranelate -Loaded Nanocrystalline Hydroxyapatite. Presentation by Kristine Salma-Ancane. Riga Technical University /Latvia/. 

B2   L. Stipniece, D. Rezevska, J. Kroica, A. Boyd, A. Sesok. Silver and Titanium Co-doped Calcium Phosphate Bioceramics: Thermal Stability, Mechanical and Antibacterial Properties. Presentation by Liga Stipniece. Riga Technical University /Latvia/. 

B3   G. Orlygsson, S. Spriano, M. S. Massaro, G. Riccucci, C. Garau, M. Cazzola, S. Ferraris, F.P. Sehn, E. Verné, P. Tambasco, H. B. Janusson, C.-H. Ng. Attachment of chitosan to Ti6Al4V, bioglass and hydroxyapatite for improved biological response. Presentation by  Gissur Orlygsson. Innovation Center Iceland /Iceland/. 

B4   S. Dabrowska, A. Chodara, U. Szalaj, T. Chudoba, W. Lojkowski. Microwave-assisted synthesis of nanomaterials. The series of MSS reactors for medical applications. Presentation by Sylwia Dabrowska. Institute of High Pressure Physics PAS /Poland/. 

B5   V. Zalite, J. Locs. Calcium Phosphate nanoparticles for tooth enamel protection. Presentation by Vita Zalite. Riga Technical University /Latvia/. 

B6   K. Rubenis, S. Zemjane, J. Vecstaudza, J. Locs. Densification of amorphous calcium phosphate by cold sintering process. Presentation by Kristaps Rubenis. Riga Technical University /Latvia/. 

B7   U. Szalaj, B. Wozniak, A. Chodara, D. Fudala, M. Lojkowski, W. Lojkowski. Nano-particle size as a factor with high impact on the kinetics of the sonocoating process and properties of hydroxyapatite layers. Presentation by Urszula Szalaj. Laboratory of Nanostructures, Institute of High Pressure Physics /Poland/. 

B8   A. Brangule, D. Bandere. Design of Experiments (DoE) – an effective approach in the synthesis and analysis of doped calcium phosphates. Presentation by Agnese Brangule. Riga Stradins University /Latvia/. 

B9   K. Pajor, A. Zgadzaj, L. Pajchel, J. Kolmas. Synthesis of hydroxyapatite granules with antibacterial properties. Presentation by Kamil Pajor. Medical University of Warsaw /Poland/. 

B10  E. Cichon, A. Zima, J. Czechowska, S. Skibinski, A. Slosarczyk. Foamed calcium phosphate cements obtained by the surfactant-assisted process. Presentation by Ewelina Cichon. AGH University of Science and Technology /Poland/. 

B11  S. Skibinski, E. Cichon, J. Czechowska, A. Slosarczyk, A. Zima. The influence of β-tricalcium phosphate powder preparation on manufacturing of bioceramic scaffolds via the foam replica method. Presentation by Szymon Skibinski. AGH UST Faculty of Materials Science and Ceramics /Poland/. 

B12  M. Skrinda, D. Loca, Z. Irbe, J. Locs. Synthesis and Characterization of Low Temperature Alpha-TCP Cements. Presentation by Marite Skrinda. Riga Technical University /Latvia/. 

B13  M. Mosina, J. Vecstaudza, J. Locs. Controlled synthesis of amorphous calcium phosphate. Presentation by Marika Mosina. Riga Technical University /Latvia/. 

B14  A. Cerqueira, F. Romero-Gavilan, I. Garcia-Arnaez, I. Iloro, M. Azkargorta, F. Elortza, M. Gurruchaga, I. Goni, J. Suay. Zinc-doped sol-gel coating for bone tissue regeneration: protein adsorption and cellular responses. Presentation by Andreia Cerqueira. Universitat Jaume I /Spain/.

B15  A. Chodara, S.Kusnieruk, S.Dabrowska, U.Szalaj, W.Lojkowski. Synthesis and characterization of nanohydroxyapatite for biomedical application. Presentation by Agnieszka Chodara. Institute of High Pressure Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences /Poland/. 

C: "Biomaterials for antibacterial applications and controlled delivery systems"

C1   S. Rostami, U. Kursat Ercan, A. Ilker Tekkesin, B. Garipcan. Antibacterial properties of sharkskin mimicked polymeric membranes. Presentation by Sabra Rostami. Bogazici University, Institute of Biomedical Engineering /Turkey/. 

C2   C.L. Grigsby, H. Taylor-Weiner, D.M.S. Ferreira, J.M. Dias, J.L. Ruas, A.I. Teixeira, M.M. Stevens. Modeling myonuclear domains using nonviral gene delivery. Presentation by Christopher Grigsby. Karolinska Institutet /Sweden/. 

C3   L. Vojtova, L. Michlovska, V. Grezlova, J. Dorazilova, K. Smerkova, P. Kopel, V. Adam, K. Valova, P. Divis, V. Lukasova, M. Rampichova, T. Suchy, M. Bartos, R. Sedlacek, R. Ballay, P. Melichercik, E. Klapkova, L. Vistejnova, P. Klein. Efficacy of various antimicrobial agents loaded in resorbable porous bone cement useful in the treatment of osteomyelitis. Presentation by Lucy Vojtova. Vysoke uceni technicke v Brne, Stredoevropsky technologicky institut /The Czech Republic/. 

C4   I. Kovrlija, J. Locs, D. Loca. Octacalcium phosphate: a contemporary drug delivery system for local biologically active substances – a review. Presentation by Ilijana Kovrlija. Riga Technical University /Latvia/. 

C5   I. Skadins, I. Salma, L. Micko, A. Dubnika, K. Egle. Antibacterial properties of platelet – rich fibrin matrices saturated with vancomycin. Presentation by Lana Micko. Riga Stradins University Institute of Stomatology /Latvia/. 

C6   F. Geissel, G. A. Sotiriou. Antibiofilm properties of nanostructured silver-based coatings made by flame spray pyrolysis. Presentation by Felix Geissel. Karolinska Institutet /Sweden/. 

C7   K. Lysakova, K. Valova, J. Brtnikova, L. Vojtova. “Smart” biodegradable hydrogel as carrier for pro-healing proteins applicable in regenerative medicine: synthesis, characterization and controlled release. Presentation by Klara Lysakova. CEITEC-Central European  Institute of Technology, Brno University of Technology /The Czech Republic/. 

C8   E. Tracuma, D. Loca. Hyaluronic acid based composites for local drug delivery. Presentation by Eliza Tracuma. Riga Technical University /Latvia/. 

C9   A. Sceglovs, A. Reinis, K. Salma-Ancane, D. Loca. Antibacterial activity of chemically cross-linked hydrogels based on ε-Polylysine and hyaluronic acid. Presentation by Artemijs Sceglovs. Riga Technical University /Latvia/. 

C10  A. S. Goyal, C. Salvador, C. Mathe, A. Candeias, A.T. Caldeira. Mesoporous Silica based protein release systems. Presentation by Aditya Sandeep Goyal. University of Evora /Portugal/

C11  A. Svarca, D. Loca. Hyaluronic acid containing hydrogels as strontium ranelate delivery systems. Presentation by Alise Svarca. Riga Technical University /Latvia/. 

C12  A. Stepulane, E. Blomstrand, M. Andersson. Antibacterial hydrogel particle surface-modified poly(dimethylsiloxane). Presentation by Annija Stepulane. Chalmers University of Technology, Amferia AB /Sweden/. 

C13  K. Egle, I. Salma, I. Skadins, A. Dubnika. Study of Autologous Fibrin Matrices for Controlled Drug Delivery. Presentation by Karina Egle. Riga Technical University /Latvia/. 

C14  C. Guarch Pérez, D. Martínez Pérez, M. Riool, Jan W. Drijfhout, W. Swieszkowski, S. A. J. Zaat. Local delivery of the antimicrobial peptide SAAP-148 from PLGA to prevent orthopaedic infections. Presentation by Clara Guarch Pérez. Amsterdam Infection and Immunity Institute, Amsterdam UMC /The Netherlands/. 

D: "Polymers, hydrogels and inorganic-organic composites"

D1   Y. Liu, A. Diez-Escudero, V. Lancon, C. Persson, M. Hedhammar, M. Widhe, G. Mestres. Synergy of recombinant silk and sodium phosphate to improve macroporosity and cell adhesion in apatite cements. Presentation by Gemma Mestres. Uppsala University /Sweden/. 

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D3   A. Indurkar, R. Jain, P. Dandekar. Bloom strength – a rapid method for screening hydrogels. Presentation by Abhishek Indurkar. Riga Technical University /Latvia/. 

D4   B. Kolodziejska, A. Hodun, L. Pajchel, J. Kolmas. Synthesis of a novel bioinspired apatite/collagen composite with potential use as a drug carrier. Presentation by Barbara Kolodziejska. Medical University of Warsaw /Poland/. 

D5   D. Zaytseva-Zotova, H. Haslene-Hox, O. Arlov, A. Vikenes, A.D. Hoel, A.S. Chahal, R. Mjelle, W.I. Strand, A. Akbarzadeh, G. Klinkenberg, O. Halaas, V. Beisvag, H. Sletta, P. Sætrom, B.L. Strand. Alginate hydrogel characteristics regulate dermal fibroblasts biology. Presentation by Aman S. Chahal. NTNU /Norway/. 

D6   JS. Kjesbu, BL. Strand, OA. Aarstad, G. Skjak-Bræk, FL. Aachmann, WI. Strand. Acetylation of alginate in the gel state. Presentation by Joachim Sebastian Kjesbu. NTNU /Norway/. 

D7   K. Belune, D. Loca. Injectable Hydrogels for Bone Tissue Regeneration. Presentation by Kristine Belune. Riga Technical University /Latvia/. 

D8   A. Grava, A. Dubnika. In situ synthesis of calcium phosphate in silk solution. Presentation by Andra Grava. Riga Technical University /Latvia/. 

E: "Advanced processing and in vitro testing methods"

E1   D.R. Stamov, T. Muller, A. Kornig, T. Neumann, J. Barner, H. Haschke. Investigating Biomaterials, Structure and Cell Mechanics in Tissue Engineering Scaffolds. Presentation by Dimitar Stamov. Bruker Nano GmbH, JPK BioAFM /Germany/. 

E2   A. Cerqueira, F. Romero-Gavilan, N. Araujo-Gomes, M. Muriach, P. Balino, R. Romero, C. Martinez-Ramos, I. Garcia-Arnaez, M. Azkargorta, F. Elortza, S. Ozturan, M. Gurruchaga, I. Goni, J. Suay. Correlation between proteomics, macrophage polarization and oxidative stress in biomaterials. Presentation by Andreia Cerqueira. Universitat Jaume I /Spain/. 

E3   S.S. D. Carter , L. Barbe , M. Tenje, G. Mestres. A comparison of two approaches to integrate medical grade titanium on-chip. Presentation by Sarah-Sophia Carter. Uppsala University /Sweden/. 

E4   F. Weber, E. Sagstuen, H. Tiainen. Influence of monovalent ions on the coating formation of tannic acid. Presentation by Florian Weber. University of Oslo /Norway/. 

E5   H.T.Halonen, TO. Ihalainen, S. Miettinen, JAK. Hyttinen. Building in vitro cell models with HF vibration platforms. Presentation by Heidi Halonen. Tampere University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Technology /Finland/. 

E6   P.E. Merkl, G.A. Sotiriou. Measuring the pH of biofilms by luminescent calcium phosphate nanoparticle films. Presentation by Padryk Merkl. Karolinska Institutet /Sweden/. 

E7   L. Honkamaki, T. Joki, N. Grigoryev, K. Levon, L.Yla-Outinen and S.Narkilahti. Novel method to produce a layered 3D scaffold for human pluripotent stem cell-derived neuronal cells. Presentation by Laura Honkamaki. Tampere University /Finland/. 

F: "Additive manufacturing"

F1   A. Cakır, B. Garipcan, K. Tuzlakoglu. Design and characterization of biomimetic Ca-P coated 3D printed scaffolds for bone tissue engineering. Presentation by Kadriye Tuzlakoglu. Yalova University /Turkey/. 

F2   K. Valova, E.B. Montufar, K. Lysakova, J. Petrus, P. Polscek, M. Espanol, M. P. Ginebra, L. Celko, J. Kaiser, L. Vojtova. Thixotropic copolymer as binder for the robocasting of self-setting bone tissue engineering scaffolds. Presentation by Kristyna Valova. CEITEC Brno University of Technology /The Czech Republic/. 

F3   J. Allkja, A.E. Parker, NF. Azevedo, DM. Goeres. Down the rabbit hole: The journey to reproducible biofilm experimental methods. Presentation by Jontana Allkja. University of Porto /Portugal/. 


The Scandinavian Society for Biomaterials (ScSB) was founded in May 2008. The main focus of activities is centered on organizing an annual Biomaterials meeting in Scandinavia and the Baltic states, and thereby promoting cross-fertilization of Biomaterials research in Scandinavia, Iceland, Finland and the Baltic states.

The Baltic Biomaterials Centre of Excellence (BBCE) for advanced biomaterials development (Latvia).

Riga Technical University (RTU) is a modern internationally recognized university. It is the only polytechnic university in Latvia and the largest university in the country – it educates and trains almost 15 thousand students. RTU is focused on becoming a third-generation university that not only provides high quality education, but also conducts advanced research and ensures innovation and technology transfer, practically implementing scientific discoveries.

Latvian Materials Research Society (Latvia).

SPONSORS (Scientific achievement awards):

The European Society for Biomaterials (ESB) was founded in March 1976, and became a member of the International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Sciences and Engineering (IUS-BSE) at its conception, in 1979. The ESB today has approximately 1,000 from over 30 countries worldwide.

The ESB invites to the next Annual Conference in Porto!

AFM (atomic force microscopy) is an advanced multiparametric imaging technique that delivers 3D profiles of the surfaces of biological samples, from individual biomolecules to mammalian cells and tissues, in the nm-range and the characterization of their nanomechanical properties. Bruker’s NanoWizard®BioAFMs are uniquely capable of performing high-speed studies of the time- resolved dynamics associated with cellular processes. The nanoscale structure of individual biomolecules can be resolved at scan rates of up to 1,000 lines/sec. Direct correlation of quantitative AFM and super-resolution datasets is possible, as well as a seamless combination with optical techniques, e.g. epifluorescence, confocal, and TIRF.


ScSB 2021 is organized by Latvian Materials Research Society (registration No. 40008006459, the address: Paula Valdena Street 3, Riga, Latvia, e-mail: in cooperation with Riga Technical University and Baltic Biomaterials Centre of Excellence.

If You have any questions, please contact with us by sending e-mail to

Conference Chair  

Prof. Janis Locs

Email:  janis.locs(at)

Organizing committee

Vineta Snepsta

Email: vineta.snepsta(at)

Marika Mosina

Ilijana Kovrlija

BBCE project´s main objective is to establish a joint Baltic Biomaterials Centre of Excellence for advanced biomaterials development based on the long-term strategic cooperation between AO Research Institute Davos, Switzerland (ARI) and Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany (FAU) on the one hand and RTU RBIDC, LIOS, RSU and RSU IS on the other hand.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 857287