This tissue paper is made from actual organ tissues

Northwestern University researchers have created biomaterials made from animal organs and tissues that could potentially support natural hormone production in young cancer patients and aid wound healing. The materials, aptly named tissue papers, are made from structural proteins that are excreted by cells and give organs their forms and structures. The tissue papers are thin and

3D printed living tissue may eliminate animal testing

English scientists have figured out a way to 3D print cells grown in a laboratory to create living structures. Researchers at the University of Oxford and the Center for Molecular Medicine at Bristol were able to showcase how human and animal cells could be printed into high-resolution tissue constructs. Being able to control the position

Electrical fields can heal brain damage: Here’s how

Electrical fields can guide neural stem cells into a specific location to repair brain damage, according to new research from the University of California at Davis. Min Zhao, a researcher at UC Davis, studies how electric fields can guide wound healing. His previous research has shown that electric fields are able to attract cells into

How stem cells are creating kidney filtration on a chip

Harvard researchers have developed a glomerulus membrane to mimic the kidney’s filtration system in vitro by using engineered human stem cells. The glomerulus is a structure that has podocyte cells that tightly wrap around capillaries. The cells and the capillaries are separated by a thin membrane of extracellular matrix and between them, a filtration barrier

Stem cells and graphene can regenerate nerves: Here’s how

Iowa State University researchers have developed a nanotechnology that turns mesenchymal stem cells into Schwann cells for nerve regeneration. Schwann cells form sheaths around axons on nerves and promote regeneration of axons. They also produce substances that help promote the health of nerve cells. Both actions are helpful for researchers who are looking to regenerate

Engineered tissue could eliminate radiation for bone marrow transplants

University of California San Diego engineers have created artificial bone tissue that could eliminate the need for radiation before bone marrow transplants. Shyni Varghese, a bioengineering professor at UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, led a team to develop a bone-like implant to eliminate the pre-treatment radiation that kills stem cells in a patient’s bone

The 10 hottest medtech startups of 2017

Medtech startups face more challenges than they have in the past, but several companies are developing products that take advantage of new technology and are specifically designed to meet healthcare’s evolving needs.    The number of medtech startups has declined. Thirty years ago, the medtech field averaged 1,500 startups; it slid to about 600 by

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How the CellMist SkinGun heals: a Q&A with RenovaCare’s CEO

When Thomas Bold joined RenovaCare in 2013, he was already familiar with its potentially groundbreaking technology. Bold had served as StemCell Systems CEO in Berlin for many years. He was involved in the development of the CellMist and SkinGun – the platform technologies for RenovaCare Inc. The technologies represent a shift in thinking about wound care, Bold said. Bold’s goal

Burst Biologics to launch spinal fusion trial

Burst Biologics said today that it won regulatory approval to begin a clinical trial evaluating its BioBurst Fluid cellular allograft in spinal fusion patients. The company’s cellular allograft is derived from umbilical cord blood and has yielded promising results in spinal fusion procedures, according to the Boise, Idaho-based company. The prospective trial is slated to

3D model of female reproductive system could help test drugs for efficacy, safety

In January last year, the National Institutes of Health issued a new requirement for grant funding in basic science: Researchers must discuss how gender as a biological variable will impact their research. Teresa Woodruff, director of the Women’s Health Research Institute at Northwestern University, told Drug Delivery Business News that this helped support their effort to develop a model that

This is not a test: RMAT designation goes live

By: Peter Marks, M.D., Ph.D. The field of regenerative medicine encompasses a wide scope of innovative products including cell therapies, therapeutic tissue engineering products, human cell and tissue products, and certain combination products using such therapies. Examples include genetically-modified cellular therapies, such as chimeric antigen receptor T-cells (CAR-T cells) and human tissues grown on scaffolds

The stem cell ‘skin gun’ that’s aiming to disrupt wound care

RenovaCare’s SkinGun uses a patient’s own stem cells to heal their wounds faster and more efficiently than a traditional skin graft. Pennsylvania state police officer Matthew Uram suffered severe second-degree burns to his face, right arm and leg after a friend’s bonfire got out of control. Uram was facing months of painful skin grafts, the

The stem cell therapy that could reverse hearing loss

Frequency Therapeutics is betting that it can change the lives of millions of Americans with hearing loss through a cell therapy that triggers the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Researchers have used cells in regenerative medicine for decades – in 1931, the father of cell therapy, Paul Niehans, treated a patient with material from

6 visual impairment breakthroughs you need to know

About 285 million people have some form of visual impairment in the world, according to the World Health Organization. Of that number, 39 million are considered blind, and 246 million have low vision. Three-fifths of all vision impairment can be prevented or cured. Uncorrected refractive errors are one of the main causes of vision impairment in

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9 cardiology breakthroughs you need to know

Cardiology breakthroughs couldn’t come soon enough because heart disease is the No. 1 killer of men and women in the U.S. About 610,000 Americans die of heart disease per year, and an additional 735,000 Americans suffer from a heart attack. The statistics terrify. High blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking are some of the top

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