Referred to as the “next evolution of medical treatments” by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the field of regenerative medicine is revolutionizing health care. The Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) is the largest research institute of its kind in the world and an international leader in regenerative medicine research. Our team of over 470 individuals are working together on engineering more than 40 different replacement tissues and organs, as well as developing healing therapies designed to cure, rather than simply treat disease. Some of these tissues have traveled to the international space station to help design better treatments here on earth. Sixteen applications of technologies developed by WFIRM scientists have been used in patients. 

We’ve also used nanoscale bioengineering to create a miniaturized system of human organs, including lungs, heart, liver and kidneys. These tiny organs placed on a two-inch chip are used for testing medications and better informing FDA testing and approval. Also, tumors on a chip created from diagnostic biopsies are being exposed to different treatments to help determine which would be the best for that individual patient. The work being done here is changing the world.