Regenerative medicine and tissue engineering aims to restore, maintain or improve tissue and organ function lost due to age, disease, injury, or congenital defects. This can include stimulating the body's own repair mechanisms or assembly of functional tissue constructs outside the body.
In addition to applications in regenerative medicine, tissue engineered constructs are used in a range of other applications, including:
- Drug and cosmetics testing
- Development of artificial meat
- Soft robotics