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Update from the Operations Director, Dr Mike Raxworthy

The 2015 Regener8 conference was a great success and allowed us to showcase our strengths within the framework of MEIBioeng15 - the major gathering of the UK's biomedical engineers, bioengineers and medical engineers - on 07-08 September. You can read a short roundup of the event here.
Many thanks to all who attended the Regener8 track and the ECR Careers Workshop - we look forward to seeing many of you at future events!

Cell bandage using stem cells to repair knee injuries

For those of you who weren't able to hear his keynote address at the Regener8 conference, you can read about about the work of Professor Anthony Hollander's cell bandage which uses stem cells to repair knee injuries.

Article reproduced with kind permission of Innovate UK.

The article is available on the Regener8 website.


Clinical trials with adipose-derived regenerative cells 

Human adipose tissue is a unique reservoir of multiple cell types including stem cells, mesenchymal and endothelial progenitor cells, that can contribute to the healing process.

John Ferris, of Cytori Ltd - and keynote speaker at Regener8 2015 - outlines clinical trials for a wide variety of purposes which have used adipose-derived regenerative cells.

Read more on the Regener8 website


REGenableMed project publishes Policy Briefing

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Policy Briefing is the first of several reports that ESRC-funded REGenableMed will produce over the next two years.
The project is led by Regener8 network member Andrew Webster, Director of Science and Technology Studies  at the University of York, and focuses on the capacity and ability of the clinical, corporate and regulatory sectors to foster and adopt regenerative medicine.

Further information and a link to the Briefing can be found on the Regener8 website


£3 Million boost for Medical Technologies IKC 

Many congratulations to our strategic partner, the Medical Technologies IKC, for securing £3 Million from the EPSRC which will enable the team to continue its work to 2020.  The funding will allow expansion into fields such as wound repair, maxillofacial and dental reconstruction, and general surgery. Forty new proof of concept projects will be selected through targeted calls over the next 5 years. Further information on the Regener8 website

Developing the UK's network of medical Catapults

The UK is building a world-class network of medical Catapult centres, co-ordinated by the UK's innovation agency, Innovate UK.
Dr Ruth McKernan, Innovate UK's Chief Executive, tells us how the Catapult centres will tackle some of the biggest challenges in healthcare.  Read more...



World Conference on Regenerative Medicine - 21-23 October 2015
Old Billingsgate, 16 Lower Thames Street, London

Programme topics include cell therapy and immunotherapy, stem cells, tissue and cell engineering, biomaterials and tissue interaction, molecular mechanisms of regeneration, as well as regulatory affairs. Regener8's Prof Mike Raxworthy will also be presenting.
For full programme, see 

Innovate 2015 - 9-10 November 
Old Billingsgate, 16 Lower Thames Street, London

Innovate 2015  is the must-attent global showcase of UK innovation and kicks off UKTI's Export week. The event will feature stellar speakers, the UK's leading innovators and 300 international buyers and investors. For more information, see the event website. The programme is available here

MeDe Innovation Guest Lecture: Prof Paul Hatton - 27 November 2015
2-5pm, University of Nottingham (Lab tour and lunch from 12.45pm)

Professor Paul Hatton will present an overview of his research info developing resorbable bioactive materials to regenerate and restore function to both bone and cartilage defects, paving the way towards osteochonral repair and enabling faster recovery time.

Booking essential - more info here. 


Immunomodulation of Stem Cells 2015 - 10-11 December 2015
Academy of Medical Sciences, 41 Portland Place, London

The Workshop is organised by the UK Regenerative Medicine Platform (UKRMP) and will cover issues concerning the immune system and regenerative medicine strategies, as well as the different approaches used by industry to take cell therapies from bench fo clinic. Further details, including registration, costs, reception event and speakers available here.     


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.