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Update from the Operations Director, Dr Mike Raxworthy

We've been working very hard to complete the programme for the 2015 Regener8 conference, taking place at MEIBioeng15 this September and I'm happy to report that things are shaping up well for a great event.

We are now focussing on building an exciting programme for a second ECR careers event to be held on the afternoon of 8 September at MEIBioeng15.  We will once again partner with the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Regenerative Medicine for this event. 

We'll continue to inform you of new guest additions to Regener8 track, and in the meantime, we're delighted to  announce the latest speakers below.


Invited speakers confirmed for the Regener8 track at MEIBioeng15

Two further speakers have been confirmed for the Regener8 conference track of the MEIbioeng15 meeting on 07-08 September at the University of Leeds.  
Dr Mohsen Miraftab, University of Bolton, will be speaking in Session 1 and UCL's Dr Melanie Coathup  will be speaking in Session 2. 
For biographies and more information about their presentations see the Regener8 website.

Visit MEIbioeng15 For details of how to register for the conference, or click here for information about exhibition and sponsorship opportunities.


Organ decellularisation discussed in GEN 

GEN has published a comprehensive feature article on decellularisation of hollow and solid organs.  
The article discusses the importance of considering translation (particularly the regulatory challenges) at an early stage of development and also stresses the priority for new enabling tools to compare decellularised matrices with native tissue matrix.  Read the article here

Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

Innogen Institute report on Regenerative Medicine published

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Regener8 contributed to the Innogen report, entitled Regenerative Medicine: Business Models, Venture Capital and the Funding Gap.
The report explores potential funding models to support the development of regenerative medicine therapies, paying particular attention to autologous and allogeneic cellular products.

The main conclusions are outlined on the Regener8 website, from where you can also download the full report.  

New hydrogel for soft tissue regeneration 

Nature Materials has published research from UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science describing an injectable hydrogel scaffold built around microporous annealed particle (MAP) gel technology.  Co-author, Westbrook Weaver says: "The geometry of the MAP gel networks entices cells to migrate to the gel without the need for anything other than a cell adhesive peptide, so that the cells can grab onto the gels."
Read the story on the PhyOrg website.

Neotherix scientists co-author Biofabrication paper 

Regener8 member Neotherix has co-authored a paper describing the use of its electrospun scaffold technology to create a functional 3D model of bovine endometrium. Stromal and epithelial cells grew on the scaffold with the results similar to native endometrium and analysis confirmed that key biomarkers for this tissue type were expressed. 
A pre-print version of the paper is available via the Neotherix website.


BioNow Life Science and Healthcare Showcase - 07 July
All day event: Centre for Life, Times Square, Newcastle

The Bionow event brings together life science and healthcare companies from across the UK for a conference, exhibition and networking opportunities. The 1-day event will showcase the key strengths of the Northeast region, discuss latest technologies, sector initiatives and funding opportunities.  Further information here.

KTN event: Accessing the Innovation Landscape  - 15 July 
9am - 4.30pm, The Mermaid Conference Centre,Blackfriars, London 

A KTN Regenerative Medicine event at which delegates will learn more about Innovate UK's forthcoming RegenMed funding call and receive insight into what funders are looking for in applications. There will also be opportunities to participate in themed roundtable discussions and hold 1-2-1 partnering meetings with delegates to set up early collaborations.
More information on the Regener8 website.

CIRP Conference on Biomanufacturing (CIRP-Bio 2015) - 29-31 July
Manchester Conference Centre

An international forum to exchange ideas and discuss progress, milestones and the future direction of biodesign,biofabrication and biomechatronics.

For further information and to book your place, visit the conference website.


Do you have any news you would like to highlight to the Regener8 community?  We're keen to hear of your company/institute achievements, any funding calls, industry/sector news - please send details to Jo Kelly ( or upload directly to the Regener8 website.