Establishment of the Center of Excellence

In 2010 BIOMATEN, the “Center of Excellence in Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering” was established at METU with a grant supported by the Ministry of Development (formerly the State Planning Organization). Then in the same year The “Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Application and Research Center” was established after the approval of METU Senate, the Higher Education Council of Turkey and publication in the Official Gazette. The two centers share the acronym “BIOMATEN” and have the same goals and functions. BIOMATEN has members from the Departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical and Material Engineering, Engineering Sciences, and Biotechnology of METU and has the advisory committees from GATA (Gülhane Military Medical Academy), OSTIM and SEIS, two NGOs from the medical sector. Center of Excellence has a broader membership profile; in addition to academic members from METU, there are also members from Hacettepe, Yeditepe, Kocaeli, İTÜ, Çukurova and Acıbadem Universities. Professors from world famous universities from the USA (Harvard, MIT, Drexel, and Tufts), Germany (Johannes Gutenberg) and UK (London) are also supporting us as our International Advisory Board. In addition, “Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Society of Turkey”, established in 2008, is one of the non-governmental organizations that support the centers.