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An International Leader in Regenerative Medicine
The Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) is a leader in translating scientific discovery into clinical therapies. Physicians and scientists at WFIRM were the first in the world to engineer laboratory-grown organs that were successfully implanted into humans. Today, this interdisciplinary team is working to engineer more than 30 different replacement tissues and organs and to develop healing cell therapies - all with the goal to cure, rather than merely treat, disease.Top: Bladder Scaffold and 3D Printed Ear Scaffolds / Bottom: Decellularized Liver and Sphincter Mold
The Next Evolution of Medical Treatments
Regenerative medicine has been called the "next evolution of medical treatments," by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. With its potential to heal, this new field of science is expected to revolutionize health care. It is our mission at WFIRM to improve patients' lives by developing regenerative medicine therapies and support technologies.
"We have many challenges to meet, but are optimistic about the ability of the field to have a significant impact on human health. We believe regenerative medicine promises to be one of the most pervasive influences on public health in the modern era." - Anthony Atala, MD, Director