We are delighted to invite you to our beautiful city Leiden. As you may know Leiden has a rich history. It has the oldest university of the Netherlands and many scientific discoveries were made here. Also Rembrandt van Rijn, the famous painter of the Golden Age, was born and has been studying and working here. In view of this we believe that this is an inspiring environment to meet, share our knowledge and working experiences and discover new possibilities in European tissue banking. During this congress all the key topics in the broad field of tissue banking such as corneal cell cultures, skin tissue engineering, bone processing techniques and decellularized heart valves will feature with the focus on connecting scientific research to clinical applicability. Many discoveries and innovations were made by visionaries.