Current President



 Joachim Kohn



 Country of Residence: USA

 Affiliated Society: Society for Biomaterials



Joachim Kohn was elected President of the International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering in 2020 for a 4-term that will end with the WBC 2024 in Korea.  Dr Kohn is also a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA, an Honorary Professor at Sichuan University (四川大学), Chengdu China, and the Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Terasaki Institute of Biomedical Innovation, Los Angeles, CA. 


Joachim Kohn, PhD, FBSE is an international leader in the field of biomaterials science. As founding director of the New Jersey Center for Biomaterials (NJCBM) for 22 years and as Head of the Laboratory for Biomaterials Research at Rutgers, Prof. Kohn has made seminal contributions to the design and commercialization of new biomaterials for regenerative medicine, tissue engineering and drug delivery. He pioneered the use of combinatorial and computational methods for the optimization of polymer properties for use in medical implants (including a coronary stent and an antimicrobial device to prevent infections in pacemaker patients). These implants are being used by about one milion patients and are currently approved in 46 countries. As a translational scientist, Prof Kohn has 80 issued US Patents on novel biomaterials and seven companies have licensed his technologies. He is the scientific founder of three spin-off companies. Dr Kohn retired from Rutgers in 2020 and remains active in research, entrepreneurship and the biomaterials community.


Selected Recent Honors and Awards   

Recipient of the International Award of the European Society for Biomaterials in recognition of scientists who have been internationally recognized, have a high scientific profile, and have made major contributions to the field of biomaterials.
President of the International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering (IUSBSE).  IUSBSE is the umbrella organization of the national biomaterial societies of the USA, Europe, Canada, Latin America, India, China, Chinese Taipei, South Korea, Japan and Australia.
Recipient of the National Award in Applied Polymer Science by the American Chemical Society.
Recipient of the 2019 Society for Biomaterials Founders Award for life-time achievements in biomaterials science.
Recipient of the 2018 Healthcare Heroes Award for outstanding contributions to the advancement of biomaterials-based therapies.

Recipient of the 2017 Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award for best patent in biomaterials in New Jersey presented by the Research and Development Council of New Jersey.