Research news

A material that encourages blood vessels to form

In a further step forward in their quest to achieve functional biomaterials for tissue regeneration, IBEC’s Biomaterials for Regenerative Therapies group has revealed a new construct that enhances blood vessel formation and maturation in vivo.

In the paper published in Acta Biomaterialia at the end of last year, the group and their collaborators at the Georgia Institute of Technology present a new implantable hydrogel that contains both human mesenchymal stromal cells (hMSCs) and calcium-releasing microparticles.

On their own, hMSCs can promote neovascularization, but when administered into the tissue, their survival rate is very low. Encapsulated in the biodegradable polyethylene glycol hydrogel, though, their number remained constant over time.

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IBEC a key player in FET Flagship proposal

IBEC is on the Steering Committee of a Future Emerging Technologies (FET) Flagship proposal, the Personalised Health Care Initiative in Europe.

The large-scale initiative, if granted, will address the grand challenges of developing regenerative, precision and personalized medicine to improve the quality of life of billions of patients worldwide.

Coordinated from the University of Minho in Portugal, Personalised Health Care has a huge partner and supporter base of more than 125 academia and health institutes, 35 research institutes, 85 industry and associations, and 20 authority representatives. IBEC Director Josep Samitier and group leader Elisabeth Engel are among the 17 members of the steering committee, which includes academics and industry leaders from ten European countries, and the only ones from a partner located in Spain.

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