Regenerative Medicine Research

At the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, researchers from a score of scientific and clinical specialties develop ways to replace, repair, and regrow diseased or damaged tissues. They seek treatments for some of our era’s most critical medical challenges: organ failure, spinal cord injuries, diabetes, and Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.

Regenerative medicine seeks to replace tissue or organs that have been damaged by disease, trauma, or congenital issues, vs. the current clinical strategy that focuses primarily on treating the symptoms. The tools used to realize these outcomes are tissue engineering, cellular therapies, and medical devices and artificial organs.

Combinations of these approaches can amplify our natural healing process in the places it is needed most, or take over the function of a permanently damaged organ. Regenerative medicine is a relatively new field that brings together experts in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, genetics, medicine, robotics, and other fields to find solutions to some of the most challenging medical problems faced by humankind.

When injured or invaded by disease, our bodies have the innate response to heal and defend. What if it was possible to harness the power of the body to heal and then accelerate it in a clinically relevant way? What if we could help the body heal better?

The promising field of Regenerative Medicine is working to restore structure and function of damaged tissues and organs. It is also working to create solutions for organs that become permanently damaged. The goal of this approach is to find a way to cure previously untreatable injuries and diseases.

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Regenerating Economic Impact

The McGowan Institute has a history of developing and translating innovative technologies that are enhancing Pennsylvania’s economy and helping to grow the number of high-tech, high-paying jobs in the Commonwealth. At McGowan, the continuum of research, clinical assessment, technology transfer, and commercial spin-outs has been successful in addressing critical national health care needs, putting Pennsylvania on the map as a center of excellence in regenerative medicine, and revitalizing the regional economy. Bolstered by the Commonwealth’s continued support, the yield of external support received from Federal agencies and the private sector is 13 to 1.

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Innovation

New ideas and technologies help produce high-quality goods and services that keep Pennsylvania competitive in today’s global marketplace. Innovation is spurred by both the private sector and academic institutions. Promising biomedical research conducted at academic institutions is often patented and licensed to private sector entities leading to increased investment, further product development, and economic growth.

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Workforce

A skilled workforce is a critical component for regional economic growth. Many jobs that once required only a high school degree now require additional training or postsecondary education. Ensuring that Pennsylvania’s workforce has access to these opportunities will prepare the region to compete in the global economy. The McGowan Institute employs an interdisciplinary coalition of faculty, students, trainees, and staff who are working to solve critical health issues.

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The McGowan Institute receives grants and awards for its research from agencies and organizations like the U.S. Department of Defense, National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. These research dollars flow through the Pennsylvania economy supporting cutting-edge technologies and therapies in regenerative medicine. The McGowan Institute’s collaborative approach to regenerative medicine research has led to strategic partnerships with various institutions across Pennsylvania. It is through these partnerships, our drive to push medical boundaries, and our expertise across multiple specialties in medical research that the McGowan Institute has continued to be an economic driver in Pennsylvania.

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