RegeneratOR test bench to launch start-ups and advance the regenerative medicine ecosystem
WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina, Monday, June 21, 2021 – The RegeneratOR test bed has officially launched, bringing together resources to advance the field of regenerative medicine nationwide and create an economic development engine for the region and the state as a whole.
The RegeneratOR test bed announcement comes from two driving forces in the field of regenerative medicine: the RegenMed Development Organization (ReMDO), a nonprofit foundation based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, dedicated to the advancement of the field nationally, and the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM), the world’s largest institute for regenerative medicine.
Executives from science, business, healthcare and government, as well as collaborating companies, attended the special launch event held today.
The RegeneratOR test bed, located in the innovation district which is an epicenter of highly innovative science and technology, will serve as an engine of economic development, helping to accelerate the growth of start-ups and evolve companies. medium to large sized companies with innovative and emerging technologies. Access to state-of-the-art biofabrication equipment, industry expertise, and talent to support innovative prototyping and commercial product development is available.
“Many of these companies are engaged in a wide range of technologies, such as 3D printing and cell and tissue therapy. In addition, there are also companies that support the field in areas such as the production of reagents and diagnostics, ”said Anthony Atala, MD, director of WFIRM. “We believe that this region has a lot to offer to help these companies succeed and, at the same time, we can advance the field of regenerative medicine on a national scale.
Strategic collaborations with a number of external partners, such as Oracle, BioSpherix and PHC (formerly known as Panasonic Healthcare Corporation), which bring innovative technologies, made possible the launch of the RegeneratOR test bed. Oracle brings machine learning and data analysis to solve regenerative medicine manufacturing problems. Biospherix provides modular units for manufacturing clinical products, and PHC provides the best precision and digital solutions that range from tissue processing technologies to artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities to improve workflow efficiency.
Steven Lynum, Executive Director of Business Development at PHC, who spoke at the event, said: “We are delighted to partner with this RegeneratOR test bed and provide advanced technology support. The vision of what is possible with this business aligns closely with our own mission. and together, we’ll help support businesses in their efforts to accelerate therapies and healthcare solutions to improve people’s lives. “
“Regenerative medicine is a revolutionary field that has the potential to transform the way treatments are discovered, tested and proven, dramatically reducing development times and providing needed therapies faster to patients,” said Mike Sicilia, Executive Vice President of Oracle Global Business Units. “We look forward to contributing to the computational power of Oracle Cloud, as well as the expertise of our industry, our labs, our research and startup teams to support RegeneratOR’s research and development environments that underpin this important collaboration and accelerate the future of medicine. “
The RegeneratOR test bed is one of three targeted areas that operate through ReMDO’s RegeneratOR, a first of its kind in regenerative medicine to promote the scaling and automation of bioproduction to make technologies more affordable and accelerate translation into clinical practice. The other two areas of intervention are:
* ReMDO’s RegeneratOR business incubator – supports innovation from research to commercialization for regenerative medicine start-ups and growing businesses by providing space and support, including validating market potential , benefit analysis, financial planning, budgeting and comprehensive business plans.
* RegeneratOR Workforce Development from ReMDO – a resource that connects an educational network of colleges, university programs and technical schools with biofabrication staff, engineers and research leaders to train highly skilled technicians and researchers in biofabrication to support the field of regenerative medicine regionally and nationally.
The RegeneratOR is a key part of the established RegenMed Hub, an ecosystem that brings together and draws on the resources and talent available through the Innovation District, and includes dedicated Regenerative Medicine-focused entities. to the advancement of the field nationwide. A number of regenerative medicine start-ups and established businesses are already operating in the RegenMed Hub and the region, providing vast resources for entrepreneurs and life science professionals.
The RegeneratOR will promote and enable training programs focused on the latest technologies from the field of regenerative medicine, and positions NC as the national leader and destination for innovation in health. Wake Forest Baptist Health / School of Medicine’s recent association with Atrium Health, creating one of the top five health systems in the country, creates a highly interactive science and technology epicenter that will attract major investment to the state.
“By focusing on the test bed, business incubator and workforce development, we believe we can increase awareness of the regenerative medicine ecosystem and the powerhouse. electric that already exists here to attract new business, while also helping the field move forward, ”said Josh Hunsberger, PhD, CTO of ReMDO.
Media contact: Bonnie Davis
About the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine:
The Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine is recognized as an international leader in translating scientific findings into clinical therapies, with many world firsts including the development and implantation of the first modified organ in a patient. More than 400 people at the institute, the largest in the world, work on more than 40 different tissues and organs. A number of basic principles of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine were first developed at the institute. WFIRM researchers have successfully designed replacement tissues and organs in all four categories – flat structures, tubular tissues, hollow organs, and solid organs – and 15 different applications of technologies, such as skin, urethra, cartilage. , bladder, muscles, kidneys and vaginal organs. , have been used successfully in human patients. The institute, which is part of the Wake Forest School of Medicine, is located in the Innovation District in downtown Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and is driven by the urgent needs of patients. The institute is making a global difference in regenerative medicine through collaborations with more than 400 entities and institutions around the world, through its government, academic and industrial partnerships, its start-ups and through major initiatives in health technologies. disruption, such as tissue engineering, cell therapies, diagnostics, drug discovery, bioproduction, nanotechnology, gene editing and 3D printing.
About the RegenMed development organization:
The mission of the RegenMed Development Organization (ReMDO) is to accelerate the discovery and translation of regenerative medicine therapies. ReMDO is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that runs a clinical translation initiative that includes thought leaders, representatives from major US research centers, government officials, and businesses of all sizes. ReMDO conducts research to reduce technological risks and accelerate the translation of regenerative medicine into clinical practice and the global market. ReMDO operates the world’s first and only professional organization dedicated solely to advancing the field of regenerative medicine, the Regenerative Medicine Manufacturing Society (RMMS) and the Regenerative Medicine Manufacturing Innovation Consortium (RegMIC), which operates a public-private partnership industrialists and university members. focused on scaling up technologies.
About the Quartier de l’Innovation:
Innovation District (http: // www.