The role of biomaterials in stem cell-based regenerative medicine

Despite their vast therapeutic potential in such areas as cell therapy and tissue engineering, stem cells have yet to live up to their original hype and demonstrate widespread clinical success.

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There is only one FDA-approved stem cell treatment, that being the use of blood-forming stem cells derived from cord blood, which have been used for the treatment of leukaemia for decades. Despite the recent rapid advances within the field of stem cell research, and an ever-growing population of researchers in academia, biotech, and the pharmaceutical industry focused on the development of stem cell-based treatments for a range of conditions, there has been a limited progression of such research from bench to bedside.

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