||Laser fabrication and characterization methods have become increasingly important, and more advances are underway. Laser nano-patterning, ablation and methods coupling laser-based techniques with other methods such as CVD are being employed to fabricate nano-materials as well as structures at these small scales. Laser based characterization methods are being developed offering ultra high resolution, speed and sensitivity for chemical/biological sensing and environmental research. Some of the most promising applications of lasers have been in the medical field; for example, selective laser sintering/melting, laser direct writing and stereo lithography have been used for processing biomaterials with small-scale features. A variety of devices, including patient specific prostheses, cardiovascular stents, biosensors, drug delivery devices and scaffold for tissue engineering have been created using these techniques. This symposium will bring together materials, laser and biological scientists and engineers to discuss current developments in this interdisciplinary field.