Regenerative Medicine Advances
Regenerative medicine is a field that explores the repair and replacement of cells, tissues and organs to restore or establish normal function. It involves reinvigorating the intrinsic regenerative capacity of human body parts and is designed to provide solutions to diseases and injuries that are not adequately treated with current therapies.
What is the biggest problem with regenerative medicine?
Regenerating the human body requires multiple cell types and specialized tissue structures, such as blood vessels and cartilage. Tissue engineering is a fundamental tool in this endeavor and offers promising avenues to regenerate functional tissues and organs. Go here
The Center’s research efforts are focused on the development of cell therapeutics and novel biomaterials for regenerative medicine. These materials are able to stimulate and guide the growth of new tissue in the injured area.
Stem cells are the key to regenerative medicine. They are obtained from the patient’s own fat, blood or bone marrow and then injected into the damaged area of the body. The doctor uses ultrasound technology to ensure the injection is placed exactly where it should be, which allows patients to avoid surgery and receive treatment with minimal pain or discomfort.
Regenerative medicine is rapidly advancing. This year alone, four products received approval from the Food and Drug Administration under the 21st Century Cures Act regenerative medicine accelerated pathway. These are the most in one year for this product category and demonstrate our industry’s strong commitment to bringing innovative therapies to market quickly to help patients. In addition, the FDA recently approved a gene therapy and two cellular therapies to treat serious diseases, setting a record for the most products approved with this approach in a single year.