Pre-Publication Project Biosciences

Regenerative Medicine

Following agreement by the Biosciences Steering Panel and Council in 2018, a project has been initiated, jointly with FEAM, to examine a range of issues for regenerative medicine. Regenerative medicine is an emerging medical endeavour aimed at tissue regeneration with small molecule drugs, biological therapies, medical or tissue-engineered devices, or cells and genes. It offers significant promise to tackle intractable diseases and there has been a fast pace of advance in the science, and in commercial interests. The project focuses on stem cells as a case study, to identify opportunities and challenges. Well-characterised approaches may represent significant innovation for, hitherto, unmet medical needs but there are increasing problems of unregulated clinics promising a wide range of benefits on the basis of little evidence and, also, the potential for premature marketing on the basis of insufficient evidence. This project explores what is required to ensure a robust biological and clinical scientific basis, the implications for regulatory frameworks and for supporting education, research and innovation in regenerative medicine in the EU.

The EASAC-FEAM Working Group comprises:

  • Volker ter Meulen (Chair, Germany)
  • Robin Ali (UK)
  • Lucie Bacakova (Czech Republic)
  • Dominique Bron (Belgium)
  • Giulio Cossu (Italy)
  • Hermann Einsele (Germany)
  • Goran Hermeren (Sweden)
  • Jerome Larghero (France)
  • Olle Lindvall (Sweden)
  • Tamas Masszi (Hungary)
  •  Antonio Campos Munoz (Spain)
  • Christine Mummery (The Netherlands)
  • Balazs Sarkadi (Hungary)
  • Riitta Seppanen-Kaijansinkko (Finland)
  • George Uzan (France)
  • Secretariat: Robin Fears (EASAC) and Rosa Castro and Elisa Corritore (FEAM)

We welcome contributions of written evidence to the project: please send your contributions to secretariat@easac.eu. Contributions will be particularly welcome if received before 7 October 2019.

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