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Anthony Atala, M.D.

AIMBE College of Fellows Class of 2016
For outstanding contributions to the development of regenerative medicine and the successful translation of tissue engineering principles into clinical practice

Scientists Develop “Body-on- a-Chip” System to Accelerate Testing of New Drugs

Via News Wise | October 5, 2017

Using the same expertise they’ve employed to build new organs for patients, scientists at Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine and colleagues have engineered micro hearts, lungs and livers that can potentially be used to test new drugs. By combining the micro-organs in a monitored system, the researchers aim to mimic how the human body responds to medications.

The goal of the effort, known as a “body-on-a-chip,” is to help reduce the estimated $2 billion price tag and 90 percent failure rate that pharmaceutical companies face when developing new medications. Drug compounds are currently screened in the lab using human cells and then tested in animals. But neither of these methods adequately replicates how drugs affect human organs.

“There is an urgent need for improved systems to accurately predict the effects of drugs, chemicals and biological agents on the human body,” said Anthony Atala, M.D., director of the institute and senior researcher on the multi-institution body on a chip project, funded by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency… Continue reading.

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On Hilton Head, the future promises a human heart built with a desktop printer

Via The Island Packet | September 27, 2017

This is a story of hope and promise.

To me, it sounds like science fiction.

But it is not. You can hear and see for yourselves at a presentation Oct. 5 at the Sonesta Resort on Hilton Head Island called “Adult Stem Cells: Medicine of the Future.”

Two world-famous doctors and researchers — Dr. Keith March of Indiana University and Dr. Anthony Atala of Wake Forest University — will tell of the medical hope and promise being engineered in laboratories today by hundreds of our brightest minds.

It’s about regenerative medicine, in which someday our bodies will be able to heal themselves by generating new tissue or even organs. Continue reading.

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Anthony Atala, M.D. To be Inducted into Medical and Biological Engineering Elite

Via AIMBE | October 16, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C.— The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) has announced the pending induction of Anthony Atala, M.D., Director, , Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, to its College of Fellows. Dr. Atala was nominated, reviewed, and elected by peers and members of the College of Fellows For outstanding contributions to the development of regenerative medicine and the successful translation of tissue engineering principles into clinical practice.

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