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WPI team scales-up production of biopolymer microthreads
Date:4/30/2012

improvement."

Other researchers at WPI are using fibrin-based microthreads as a platform to restore muscle tissue that was damaged by traumatic injury. In those studies, the microthreads do double duty: they are seeded with new cells that could regenerate muscle tissue, and they serve as a muscle-like scaffold to promote the body's own healing and regenerative processes.

"This is becoming a platform technology, growing in ways we hadn't imagined when we first began this line of research," Pins said. "It's exciting to see the clinical potential for this technology accelerating. And, as an educator, it's gratifying to know how fundamentally important the students' contributions have been to this work."

With testing, validation, and operator training now under way, the new extrusion system is expected to be supplying WPI labs with research-grade microthreads later this spring.


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Contact: Michael Cohen
mcohen@wpi.edu
508-868-4778
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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