Researchers Find Key to Muscle Regeneration

tissue regeneration

Doctors or medical device manufacturers might be happy to learn that Spanish researchers have found an association within cells that could lead to treatments to regenerate muscle injuries or dystrophies. The discovery could be particularly beneficial for those suffering from genetic diseases, such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a common muscular disorder in children. The disease […]

Polymer Material Made for Tissue Regeneration

vascular graft

The search may be over for the perfect biomaterial for replacement blood vessels and connective tissue. Ideally, biomaterial should have at a minimum mechanical strength, elasticity, degradability, compatibility with the body so that it does not get rejected, and an ability to join the blood circulation system. Current biomaterials on the market usually have most, […]

Polymer Scaffolds Heal Damaged Tissue


Say, you’ve got some damaged or wounded tissue inside of your body. How is it going to heal? Scientists at Harvard University have developed a method that could speed up your body’s natural healing ability. The method is minimally invasive, and delivers structure and drugs to the damaged area. The structure is made up of […]

Microbes Convert Cooking Oil to Plastics

Cooking Oil

Microbes are the secret agents for the new alchemy. Instead of the ancients using transmuting mysterious agents to attempt to turn lead into gold, today’s scientists are using microbes to convert waste cooking oil as a starting material to generate bioplastics. The process produces plastics that are cheaper than those made with other methods, and […]

Polymers Construct Injured Tendons, Meniscus

Torn meniscus

Scientists from the University of Pennsylvania have developed a technology that uses polymers to construct a composite nanofibrous scaffold on which cells can colonize to repair torn tendons and ligaments. Many laboratories have developed treatments for ligament tears in knees, rotator cuff injuries, and Achilles tendon ruptures using scaffolds from nano-size fibers. However, the fibers’ […]

Bipolymer Microthreads Regenerate Human Tissue

American researchers are developing a system that uses microthreads to regenerate human tissue and heal wounds. George Pins, associate professor of biomedical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Massachusetts, got the idea of using microthreads as the basis for tissue engineering when he wanted to find a better way to repair torn anterior cruciate […]

Medical Device and Other Biotech Companies Grow in Central VA

Many Charlottesville-based biotech companies spin out of R&D projects at University of Virginia.

Central Virginia is seeing a rise in biomedical industry endeavors, reports columnist Bryan McKenzie in The Daily Progress. More and more companies are jumping into the sector to develop medical devices and a slew of other biomedical products and health services, many of which have spun out of research done in laboratories at the University […]