Very sad news has reached us on the passing of Professor Klaas de Groot on the 15th of January. Klaas is a founding father of the Biomaterial field and has contributed in so many ways to bring Biomaterials to the society. His contributions to the field and our society were also recognized by his election as a Fellow of the International Union of Societies for Biomaterials Science and Engineering in 1996. In honour of his tremendous contribution to the ESB, the Klaas de Groot award was established in 2018. The award is given as a prestigious recognition by the ESB of scientists who have shown a distinct ability to provide excellent mentorship and guidance to young researchers, helping them to establish their own independent career.
We offer Professor de Groot’s family, friends, and colleagues our sincere condolences on their loss.