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Making tissue engineering a reality

A team led by tissue-engineering pioneer and biologist Arnold Caplan aims to close the gap between academic promise and clinical and commercial reality in the still-nascent science of generating new bodily tissues.

Case Western Reserve University researchers have been awarded $6.1m from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering to advance tissue engineering.

They are working to develop novel manufacturing technologies for growing new tissues from component parts – essentially automating the precision production of those tissues to accelerate their fabrication and use.

The goal of tissue engineering is to assemble functional constructs that restore, maintain, or improve damaged tissues or whole organs, but clinical use and actual success have been limited.

“The goal of this project is to develop technological solutions to transition tissue engineering from laboratory scale to the world of commercial manufacturing,” said Caplan.

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