W-S to host Regenerative Med forum
The Business Journal of the Greater Triad Area
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
The Translational Regenerative Medicine Foundation will hold a three-day forum on “Drivers and Strategies for Healthcare Innovation and Personalized Medicine” in Winston-Salem in April, according to an announcement. More than 40 speakers, panelists and moderators are already confirmed for the event, according to the Foundation, which was formed in 2005 by Dr. Anthony Atala of Wake Forest University’s Institute for Regenerative Medicine.
Atala will be among the featured speakers, along with scientists and investors from organizations such as the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, the U.S. Army Medical Command, the Kauffman Foundation and several venture capital firms.
Regenerative medicine uses techniques and devices such as tissue-engineered scaffolds and stem cells to replace damaged or diseased cells in the body. At Wake Forest, Atala’s laboratory is involved in research aimed a being able to replace failed organs such as kidneys or bladders with new organs grown from a patient’s own cells, and to repair damage to limbs and tissue suffered by soldiers in combat, among other applications.