Dr. Claudio Nastruzzi is an Associated Professor at the Dipartimento di Scienze della Vita e Biotecnologie, University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy. In 2002, Claudio Nastruzzi started the activity of the Laboratory of Biomaterials & Encapsulation (BEL). The main goal of the Laboratory is an integrative concept of research and teaching in the fields of biomaterials, bioencapsulation, drug formulation and drug delivery. The laboratory has also expertise in tissue engineering and cell encapsulation protocols (pancreatic islets, Sertoli cells, osteoblasts, etc.) and biocompatibility tests for the validation of biomaterials. Claudio Nastruzzi has published more than 180 papers (see attached list from ISI Web of knowledge) and presented more than 130 contributions to national and international conferences.