Regenerative medicine is a revolutionary branch of tissue engineering and molecular biology that aims to use the body’s own resources along with additional outside products to treat diseases or injuries. Histogenics is a company that is seeking to use regenerative medicine to specifically treat cartilage related injuries in the knee. NeoCart, Histogenics’ main product, is a sample of new cartilage regrown using the patient’s own cells. The NeoCart is grown in a bioreactor that replicates the physical environment of the knee so it can be safely and effectively produced and then implanted.
Today we met everyone in the group, and met the rest of the students. Adam Gridley gave us an introduction to the company, and explained the field of regenerative medicine to us. We also toured the Histogenics location, and saw the incubators and the hydrostatic pressure bioreactor.