Professor Michael Sefton

Professor Michael Sefton

University of Toronto, Canada

Professor Michael Sefton is regarded as a pioneer in tissue engineering and a leader in biomaterials, biomedical engineering and regenerative medicine.

He was the first to recognize the importance of combining living cells with synthetic polymers to create "artificial" organs and tissues. He was also one of the first in the world that succeeded in micro-encapsulating live cells – with a view to creating an artificial pancreas and other tissues that could then evade the patient's immune system through the barrier properties of the encapsulating membrane. Prof. Sefton has published extensively in the world's leading journals and international conference proceedings, and is the holder of several US and international patents.