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Spotlight on cell therapy regulation

This spotlight on cell therapy regulation will aim to provide insight into challenges, trends, developments and debates in the regulation of cell therapies aimed at regenerative medicine applications. We will explore topics such as how policies differ globally, the challenge of steering through the regulatory landscape for both academic researchers and manufacturers, and the number of unproven cell therapies being advertised on the market.

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Spotlight on MDI Biological Laboratory

The MDI Biological Laboratory is a rapidly growing, independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution. Its mission is to improve human health and well-being through basic research, education, and development ventures that transform discoveries into cures.

Unlike most universities and academic medical centers, the MDI Biological Laboratory was established with the belief that removing obstacles to biomedical discovery and development leads to faster, bolder discoveries and solutions. The Institution’s flat organizational structure, small size, and forward-thinking leadership allow it to respond quickly and efficiently to new opportunities and challenges.

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Biobanking

Biobanks are an important resource for the research and development of cell and gene therapies, but biobanking requires the careful consideration of ethics and patient privacy, and carries issues around lack of inclusion of ethnic minorities. Furthermore, biobanks for cell therapies are still in their infancy in terms of potential to have a significant impact on healthcare: large, clinical-grade banks of cells, whether induced pluripotent stem cells or other, with diverse genetic backgrounds will be needed for widespread clinical application of cellular therapies. This channel includes content around all these different aspects, including the latest news and opinion, and top peer-reviewed articles.

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Clinical trials

This channel will provide updates on regenerative medicine clinical trials, including all aspects of regenerative medicine such as cell-based therapies and drug therapies in clinical investigation. It covers not just upcoming clinical trials and those in progress or recently completed, but also looks as related topics such as dosage and protocols.

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Manufacturing

Getting a regenerative medicine to the clinic requires it to have a manufacturing process that can be scaled up sufficiently for large-scale production. For cell therapies, manufacturing sites need to meet strict quality and technical capabilities, and the therapies themselves need to be generated in sufficient numbers for clinical application and survive transportation. This channel will look at techniques, technologies and processes that may help support the safe, cost-effective and large-scale production of regenerative medicines

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Spotlight on iPSC production

The first generation of induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) 10 years ago marked a huge milestone in the field, leading to great progress from disease modeling to development of new therapeutic approaches for numerous conditions. However, only one human trial using iPSCs has been carried out to date, which was halted owing to safety concerns but is set to resume in 2017. Our spotlight on iPSCs, a 2-month focus including journal articles, exclusive features and a panel discussion, will aim to review the current challenges in the production of iPSCs with a focus on consistency, safety and efficacy; clinical applications; and how these therapies are going to evolve and change healthcare in the coming years

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Spotlight on biomaterials

With the recent boom in 3D printing and the increasing introduction of hydrogels and scaffolds in research and clinical trials, biomaterials are playing a key role in regenerative medicine and tissue engineering more than ever before. However, in order to be successfully translated to the clinic and/or market, challenges such as biocompatibility, regulation and scalability as well as the ongoing debate of complexity versus simplicity need to be taken into consideration. The spotlight on biomaterials will be a 3-month focus on biomaterials for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, which will feature a variety of content covering various themes and issues in the field.

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Spotlight on KCL’s Centre for Stem Cells & Regenerative Medicine

Spotlight on the aims and expertise of King’s College London’s (KCL’s) Centre for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine, which officially opens in December 2015. Located in the Guy’s Hospital campus in London, the Centre will be the hub for cutting-edge stem cell research taking place across the College and its partner NHS Trusts, as part of King’s Health Partners.

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Events

This channel will provide information on essential events in the field of regenerative medicine, including lists of regenerative medicine events, and reports on meetings and conferences.

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Spotlight on wound healing

Many different diseases and injuries such as trauma, surgery, burns, poor circulation and pressure can result in acute or chronic wounds, which can have a significant impact on quality of life and significant healthcare costs. Regenerative medicine has great potential to transform the healing of wounds by increasing the speed of healing, and reducing risk of infection and scarring. Furthermore, it has the potential to allow the true regeneration of tissue – including structures such as the sebaceous glands and hair follicles. The spotlight on wound healing will be a 2-month focus on wound healing and regenerative medicine featuring a variety of content types, including journal articles and exclusive features, covering various key topics and issues in the field, such as translating basic research into the clinic.

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Regenerative Medicine

Since 2006, the award-winning peer-reviewed journal Regenerative Medicine (IF:2.6, MEDLINE-indexed) has been at the forefront of publishing the best in clinical translation, commercialization and regulation. By delivering the latest original research, reviews and opinions from leaders in the field, Regenerative Medicine continues to provide a specialist forum addressing the important challenges and advances in this rapidly evolving sector.


Read the latest journal news here, plus, exclusively for RegMedNet members, get free access to selected papers. For more information on Regenerative Medicine and to check out all the latest content, visit the journal site.

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