Sometime around Christmas Mikhail Batin, President of the Science for Life Extension Foundation, and I gave talks at the headquarters of one quite famous journal called Science and Life. This journal is sort of like a Russian version of Popular Mechanics or Scientific American. The idea of this “media club” is to enlighten the journalists about emerging technologies like personalized genomics, synthetic biology and possible life extension therapies. This meeting was about regenerative medicine. My talk was a brief overview of the field, what it consists of and when and which organs were engineered in the lab. Here’s the presentation I showed to the audience. You are most welcome to download and use it in the way you like.
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It seems to be an extremely interesting conference. Just to highlight a couple of talks: Engineering functional liver tissue, Nanofibers and iPS cells for neural regeneration, Exploring stem cell niche interactions at single cell resolution. Take a look at the whole program. I believe it’s worth visiting, because regenerative medicine is one of the ways of life extension.
US Pentagon funds technology that uses a patient’s own skin cells to generate living, tissue-engineered skin
A biotechnology company just got a cool $18 million from the US Defense Department for its PermaDerm™ product – an engineered skin substitute grown from a patient’s own skin cells!
Regenicin Inc., a New York unit of the Lonza Group, specializes in the development of regenerative cell therapies to restore the health of damaged tissues and organs.
According to Regenicin:, “PermaDerm allows a small harvested section of the patient’s own skin to grow to graft an area 100 times its size in as little as 30 days. The living, self-to-self skin graft tissues are intended to form permanent skin tissue that won’t be rejected by the immune system of the patient, a critical possibility in porcine or cadaver skin grafts.”
I know what you’re thinking – not one of those posts about anti-aging supplements! But wait a second….. and please read further. You’ll see that this supplement is actually a form of cellular therapy.
This weekend, a medical company that specializes in cell therapy is going to introduce a range of anti-aging treatments to Middle Eastern markets in the form of oral supplements.
Here is the updated edition of the Roadmap to Regenerative Medicine; the first one can be found here. Cell therapy and tissue engineering are described in more detail, than the rest of the scientific issues. I welcome everybody to take a look and add what’s missing and/or change what’s wrong. I’d also like to note that the organizational issues aren’t described at all, but this is probably the most important part of the roadmap. There should be an implementational plan of how exactly the Roadmap should work included in the organizational part. To do that, we need to address the specialists in the given fields.
But at least for now the question is – what’s missing in the scientific part?
Here you can download the Roadmap Poster-REG-MED_ENG_04-2011_new.
Okay, this is one of the things that we’re doing in the Science for Life Extension Foundation. It’s the Regenerative Medicine Roadmap Chart, the first draft of the scientific part of the future Roadmap which, I believe, is an essential document for the whole field.
Regenerative medicine is now one of the few rapidly developing fields that have a great potential in significantly improving the quality of life and promoting longevity. It is highly important to create a roadmap in order to enable effective collaboration among the researchers and to multiply the future outcomes of their work.
The purpose of this chart is to create an overview of the field from the scientific point of view and to list the current and future research directions in each area. The goal is to create a draft of the scientific part of the Regenerative Medicine Roadmap, which would set the guidelines for the scientists, provide research plans for the institutions and help attract potential sponsors and investors.
Regenerative Medicine is divided into 5 blocks: Tissue engineering, Cell therapy, Diagnostic platforms, Healing Therapies and Supporting Technologies. The main focus of the chart lies in the Tissue Engineering and Cell Therapy parts. These parts are schematically divided into components, which in turn are described in more detail with specific research directions. Tissue Engineering comprises such areas as methods, cells for use, biomaterials, and database creation. The Cell Therapy part consists of three blocks: cell removal, regenerative capacity restoration and adding cells. Specific research directions listed provide the ground for forming research plans in each particular area. This preliminary work will help create a highly detailed plan of action in regenerative medicine.
We propose a collaboration in creating the Roadmap.
The link to download a pdf of the chart.