Thomas J. Webster, Ph.D.

AIMBE College of Fellows Class of 2013
For outstanding contributions in nanotechnology and regenerative medicine as well as leadership, education, and community outreach in biomedical engineering.

Nanovis Announces FDA Clearance of FortiCore® PLIF and TLIF Spinal Interbodies with Nanosurface Features

Via Orthospine News | March 29, 2018

Nanovis, today announced the successful FDA clearance of its FortiCore® TLIF and PLIF interbodies featuring a Nanosurface-enhanced deeply porous titanium scaffold intermolded with a PEEK core.

“Implant nano surface science has advanced from the early days when we simply created nanoroughness for implants because tissues have nanoroughness. Now we understand the mechanisms by which nanotopographies can interact with cellular signaling pathways. I’m delighted that with Nanovis’ implants, patients can now benefit from a carefully designed and controlled nanotopography that harnesses this groundbreaking research,” said Thomas Webster, PhD, Chemical Engineering Department Chair, Northeastern University, who with Chang Yao, PhD, were early pioneers in the use of nanosurfaces to enhance bone growth.

Nanovis’ foundational FortiCore interbody fusion platform is well proven with over 4,250 implanted to date. FortiCore interbodies have deeply porous interconnected titanium scaffolds intermolded with a PEEK core, giving surgeons important fixation and imaging advantages. Data comparing the osseointegration strength of the FortiCore scaffold, PEEK, and allograft to the strength of trabecular host bone was published in Spine in late 2016. Now the titanium scaffolds on the FortiCore TLIF and PLIF interbodies are enhanced with a carefully designed and controlled nanosurface… Continue reading.


Thomas Webster has published a new textbook, “Immune Aspects of Biopharmaceuticals and Nanomedicines”

Via CRC Press | March 7, 2018

A stand-alone, easily accessible volume that examines and provides a broad survey of various topics pertaining to the immune effects of biopharmaceuticals and nanomedicines, both beneficial and adverse.

An essential reference for the novice and expert alike in diverse areas such as medicine, law, biotechnology, nanotechnology, pharmaceutical sciences, toxicology, drug development, regulatory science, and governmental affairs.

Highlights both cutting-edge technological advances and also addresses critical topics such as nano-bio interactions, toxicity, and FDA regulatory issues… Continue reading.


Tom Webster on National Geographic, Episode 2

Via Northeastern | May 24, 2017

ChE Chair Tom Webster, speaking about his nanotechnology research, was featured in Episode 2 of Year Million, a National Geographic television series on what life is going to be like for humans one million years in the future.

What was once conceived as science fiction is now anchored in reality. YEAR MILLION, a new six-part documentary-drama series from National Geographic, explores what it will be like to be human one million years into the future. Today’s brightest futurists, scientists, scholars and notable science fiction writers guide viewers through the very latest advances in technology, ideas and innovations that likely will power the evolution of our species.

Watch Prof. and Chair Tom Webster speak about his nanotechnology research in episode 2 and episode 4!


Thomas Webster To Run 1st International Meeting on the Advanced Applications of Natural Biomaterials

Via Northeastern | August 3, 2016

On September 29-30, a hundred researchers will gather at the 1st International Meeting on the Advanced Applications of Natural Biomaterials. This conference will be held at the Center of Natural Tropical Biomaterials located in Rionegro, Antioquia, Colombia. Attendees include researchers and graduate students from engineering as well as biomedical companies, pharmaceutical companies, and representatives from the agro-food industry.

The Center of Natural Tropical Biomaterials is a joint center between Northeastern University and the University of Antioquia, with a mission to strengthen collaborations around the use of natural materials commonly found in tropical locations for medicine.

Research at the center is of great importance to the scientific community throughout the region and the country, and has led to collaboration between Dr. Juan Jose Pavon Palacio and Dr. Thomas Webster. Most recently, Dr. Pavon Palacio travelled to Northeastern to speak at Boston Biomaterials Day for his presentation titled “Advanced Processing of Porous Titanium for Bone Tissue Repair: Multi-Factorial, Multi-Scale and Multi-Functional New Therapies”. Dr. Webster will represent Northeastern University in the conference discussion “Opportunities and Strategies to Participate in the Center of Tropical Biomaterials”.


Webster on 2016 List of Most Cited Researchers in Material Science and Engineering

Via Northeastern | July 20, 2016

ChE Chair & Professor Thomas Webster was selected as one of the 2016 List of Most Cited Researchers in Materials Science and Engineering by Elsevier Scopus Data. The list includes only the top 300 researchers in the field of materials science and engineering.


Webster Receives Acta Biomaterialia Silver Medal

Via Northeastern | July 13, 2016

ChE Chair and Professor Thomas Webster will receive the 1st Annual Acta Biomaterialia Silver Medal at the Society For Biomaterials Conference in Minneapolis in April 2017.

The Acta Biomaterialia Silver Medal intends to honor and recognize scientific contributions and leadership from academic, industry and public sector leaders in the midst of their careers. Many awards recognize outstanding young investigators or integrated contributions throughout a career. The Silver Medal is established to recognize significant research contributions that are recent and timely. Specifically, the awardee will have made significant contributions through one or more of the following means:

A theoretical or experimental discovery of a new principle in biomaterials science
Development or invention of a new process or product in the biomaterials engineering field
Distinguished leadership or service rendered to the profession of biomaterials science and engineering
The nominee should be 45 years of age or under at the end of the calendar year in which the award is announced.