Cell Techniques and Applied Stem Cell Biology




Biotechnology is the engine behind the development of a new discipline which will fundamentally change the currently applied forms of medicine and health service that we know today.

Technological advances and global social trends are currently preparing the way for the creation of regenerative medicine. Our group is concentrating on various aspects of regenerative medicine. Regenerative medicine integrates a comprehensive technological area which includes stem cell biology, i.e. “living” materials, tissue engineering, nanotechnology and functional genome analysis. The roots of this new field lie in medical technology and functional genome analysis. This field will directly promote the classical “anorganic” forms of organ replacement and transplantation medicine towards replacement with autologous cell systems.

Regenerative medicine deals with the three aspects which are the most important for mankind and intends to develop fundamentally new responses. The three areas are: trauma, ageing and illness.

There are five factors which currently combine to favour the creation of regenerative medicine as a new medical – biotechnological discipline:

The increasing share of older people in the population as a whole in industrial countries.

The growing use of human proteins as medicines.

The booming material sciences, such as nano technology which will also influence biotechnology and regenerative medicine.

The current advances in stem cell biology and in tissue engineering.

The use of bio-degradable materials for regenerative purposes.

The development of a systems biotechnological approach enabling a bridge between basic research and technological and clinical disciplines, will increasingly gain in importance and are the only key to advances that are goal-orientated and measured by therapeutical succes. The link between technological know-how and clinical know-why will then be within grasp.


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