An unassuming box sits on a table. One part is clear plastic, allowing you to see the empty chamber inside. One day, that empty chamber may hold a cell colony or even tissue generated from a patient’s own body, to help diagnose or treat diseases such as cancer.
It’s just one of many cutting-edge devices on display at the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering’s Tomorrow’s Technology Showcase, which was part of IBBME’s recent 50th anniversary celebration.
The showcase highlighted an area of major growth for the healthcare industry in years to come: regenerative medicine. Regenerative medicine is a field of research to restore function in the body through the regeneration of cells, tissues and organs.
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