Exploring the State of the Science in the Field of Regenerative Medicine: Challenges of and Opportunities for Cellular Therapies - A Workshop
Date: October 13, 2016 (8:30 AM Eastern)
Regenerative medicine holds the potential to create living, functional cells and tissues which can be used to repair or replace those that have suffered irreparable damage due to disease, age, traumatic injury, or congenital defects. The field of regenerative medicine is broad and includes research and development of gene and cell therapies, tissue engineering, and non-biologic constructs. Although regenerative medicine has the potential to result in health and economic benefits, this relatively new field has struggled to enact policies and procedures that will assure patients that novel therapies are both safe and effective. On October 13, 2016, the Forum on Regenerative Medicine hosted a public workshop with the goals of exploring current research and novel applications of new technologies to repair, regenerate, or renew tissues and organ functions throughout the body; examining the obstacles that hinder progress in research; and highlighting scientific successes, lessons learned, and opportunities to move the field forward and bring new therapies to patients. Stakeholder groups including research scientists, clinicians, patients, payers, regulators, and representatives from pharmaceutical and biotech companies, presented their perspectives and participated in discussions during the workshop.