In 2021, the Syracuse Biomaterials Institute merged with the BioInspired Institute. BioInspired now operates the materials characterization core facility as the Syracuse Biomaterials Innovation Facility. Please visit the Institute website for programs, events, and more.

The biomaterials program at Syracuse University has a long history of innovation and high-quality education. This culminated in the establishment of the Syracuse Biomaterials Institute in 2007 with a central facility in Bowne Hall, comprising a highly collaborative roster of faculty spanning eight academic units on the SU campus as well as researchers from SUNY-ESF and SUNY-Upstate Medical University. Areas of focus ranged from applied biomaterials research–aiming at designing natural and synthetic substances to treat, augment or replace tissues and organs of the human body–to fundamental research into the interactions between biological matter and non-living materials. Research at SBI was supported by federal agencies (NSF, NIH, DOD), private foundations, and industrial partners. SBI members won over $38 million in research funding and submitted 75 invention disclosures over a decade.

Now, SBI joins the exciting new BioInspired Institute pursuing research into complex biological systems, developing and designing programmable smart materials to address global challenges in health, medicine, and materials innovation.