Tissue Engineering for Drug Development and Substance Testing



TEDD is embedded into Centre for Cell Biology and Tissue Engineering at the Institute of Chemistry and Biotechnology (ICBT) at Zurich University of Life Sciences.

The competence center TEDD is led by Prof. Dr. Michael Raghunath.

Michael Raghunath MD PhD is a physician scientist heading the Center for Cell Biology and Tissue Engineering at the Institute for Chemistry and Biotechnology at the Zürich University of Applied Sciences. Before that (2003-2016) he was a tenured Associate Professor jointly appointed between the Departments of Biomedical Engineering (Faculty of Engineering) and Biochemistry (Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine) at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He still holds a joint position with the Institute for Medical Biology (IMB), A*STAR. His basic and translational research experience spans more than 25 yrs. during which he became an internationally distinguished scientist in the field of matrix biology (pathobiochemistry of collagens and elastic microfibrils) and skin biology (wound repair, cornification disorders). Developing macromolecular crowding as principle in cell biology, he has created a novel field in Tissue Engineering to build cell-specific and lineage-directing microenvironments. Dr. Raghunath was trained in immunology (1988-1990; University of Heidelberg), matrix biology and wound healing (postdoc at University of Zurich, Switzerland, 1990-1995). His independent career started 1995 with a professorial qualification grant from the German Science Foundation at the University of Muenster. After clinical training in dermatology in Muenster from 1997-2000 he joined Dr. Suwelack Skin& Health Care AG as R&D director to position the company in the wound care market. From 2005-2009 he was Deputy Head Research (Bioengineering) and from 2005-2008 Chair of the Graduate Programme in Bioengineering in the NUS Graduate School of Integrative Sciences & Engineering. Recent Awards and Honours include  SMART Faculty Fellowship  2013, 2014, ETS Walton Visiting Fellow at National University of Ireland, Galway, 2010/11; Raine Visiting Professorship at UWA 2008/09. Michael is member of TERMIS (Council member Asia-Pacific Chapter 2011-2013); Biomedical Engineering Society Singapore, Scientific Advisory Board of the German Marfan Foundation; Biophysical Society; Editorial Boards: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, Frontiers Bioengineering and Biotechnology.

His current research interests (see previous website of the Tissue Modulation Laboratory at NUS; www.tissuemodulation.com) are (1) Tissue Modulating Materials (2) application of macromolecular crowding for tissue engineering and cell based therapies  (3) white and brown adipose tissue engineering  (4) platform to differentiate pericytes from peripheral blood.

Prof. Dr. Michael Raghunath

ZHAW Life Sciences und Facility Management
Einsiedlerstrasse 31
8820 Wädenswil

+41 (0) 58 934 55 18

Project Manager

Project management of TEDD is done by Dr. Katarzyna Kopanska.

Katarzyna completed her MEng degree in Biotechnology in 2006 from the Warsaw University of Life Science (SGGW) in Poland. She worked for the pharma company Bristol-Myers Squibb. In 2012 she was awarded PhD from the University of Cambridge, UK. She did her postdoctoral projects at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, CA, USA and cancer research center Institute Curie in Paris, France. Currently she works as Scientific Associate and Project Manager of TEDD Competence Centre at ICBT, ZHAW. She is specialized in interdisciplinary projects and has extensive expertise in 3D models. 


Dr. Katarzyna Kopanska

ZHAW Life Sciences und Facility Management
Einsiedlerstrasse 31
8820 Wädenswil

+41 (0) 58 934 54 29

Exhibition manager

Ms Sandra Laternser is managing exhibitions during TEDD events and further supports the team in other tasks.

Sandra completed her BSc degree in microbiology in 2011 and her MSc  degree in cell biology in 2013 at ZHAW in Wädenswil. During her Master thesis she worked together with InSphero and University Hospital Balgrist on bone cancer (osteosarcoma) 3D models for drug development. Currently she is working as Scientific Associate at the Institute of Chemistry and Biotechnology (ICBT) at ZHAW. She has extensive expertise in 3D models, especially in cancer microtissues and  3D bioprinting. Furthermore she is specialized in interdisciplinary projects.


Sandra Laternser

ZHAW Life Sciences und Facility Management
Einsiedlerstrasse 31
8820 Wädenswil

+41 (0) 58 934 55 36

Steering Committee

from left: Michael Raghunath, Katharina Maniura, Jens Kelm, Oliver Peter, Giuseppe Perale

TEDD is guided by the steering committee that consists of experienced academic and industrial professionals. Members of steering committee meet on the regular basis to identify milestones for TEDD. 

Members of steering committee:

Past members of the Steering Committee:

Advisory Board

from left: Ursula Graf-Hausner, Markus Ehrat, Uwe Marx, Thomas Singer, Marcus Textor

Steering committee is mentored by the international advisory board. The advisors are academic and industrial world recognized experts. The board is involved in defining well adapted strategies according to the international recognise needs and requirements with the final goal to implement 3D cell culture into routine application.

Members of the advisory board:

Past members of the advisory board: