Regenerative Medicine: The Past, the Present, and the Future

  • Robert M. Nerem
Conference paper
Part of the IFMBE Proceedings book series (IFMBE, volume 37)


The modern era of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine only began a quarter century ago; however, the basic concept of using a more biologic approach to treat tissue and organ disease goes back to the first half of the 20th century. The term tissue engineering was created in 1987 and the first meeting with the name tissue engineering was held in 1988. The initial focus of this field was on replacement tissues, i.e. developing substitute tissues outside of the body for implantation into the body, Skin substitutes were some of the first targets. In the 1990s these had moved into commercial development, and at the turn of the century there were beginning to be products on the market.

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert M. Nerem
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Georgia Tech/Emory Center for Regenerative MedicineAtlantaU.S.A.
  2. 2.BIN Fusion Technology DepartmentChunbuk National UniversityJeonjuKorea

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