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Symposium on Therapeutic Organ Engineering

Screened at the symposium opening, this animation artistically connects concepts of therapeutic organ engineering presented during the event. Credit: Wyss Institute at Harvard University

The 8th Annual Wyss International Symposium held on September 22nd focused on Therapeutic Organ Engineering. By bringing together world-leading experts in this highly multi-disciplinary biomedical research area, the event galvanized recent advances in different key disciplines that impact present and may guide future synergistic approaches aiming to create transplantable organs in the laboratory.

The event was opened by Wyss Institute Founding Director Donald Ingber to a large, international audience from academia, clinical institutions and industry who learned about breakthroughs and new visions presented in 12 captivating presentations and a closing plenary session. Organized by Ingber and Wyss Institute faculty members David Mooney, Jennifer Lewis, Christopher Chen and Ali Khademhosseini, the speakers addressed key challenges and presented synthetic solutions integrating stem cell biology, new biomaterials, 3D organ engineering and regenerative medicine approaches.

According to Ingber who summarized the event, “this field still is embryonic, but the range of contributions we have heard about today is huge. There is enormous potential here and we need to sew many of the approaches together and understand the shortest path to ultimately get organ replacements to patients.”

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