Winston Salem, NC-- Researchers have already proven you can grow body parts in a laboratory and the list is growing.
Tuesday, Ocular Systems, Inc (OSI)., Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and the North Carolina Eye Bank announced the formation a new company aimed at engineering replacement corneas in the lab for transplantation.
The new company's name is Human Cultured Endothelial Cells.
According to a news release, the approach which has not been tested on patients, involves isolating cells from "banked" donor corneas to grow replacement corneal tissue in the lab. The advantage is that cells from a single donor could potentially benefit multiple patients with impaired vision.
This is expected to take several years.
The company, formed by OSI, the sponsor and initial funder of the project, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, whose Institute for Regenerative Medicine is conducting the research, and the North Carolina Eye Bank, is an example of the type of collaboration that is a strategic goal of the Piedmont Triad Research Park (PTRP). Also assisting with funding was the N.C. Biotechnology Center through a Collaborative Funding Grant.
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center