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Meeting on the Mesa 2021 | Addressing the need for bioengineered organs

Jeff Ross, PhD, Miromatrix, Eden Prairie, MN, highlights the need for transplantable bioengineered livers and kidneys. Patients with liver failure face long waits for transplantation and there are no treatment options nor medical devices available, exacerbating the demand for alternatives to liver donations. Whilst dialysis is an option for patients with kidney failure, a poorer quality of life and long-term mortality means that bioengineered kidneys will be a suitable alternative. Dr Ross additionally mentions the potential for the technology to be expanded to other organs including the lungs, heart and pancreas. This interview took place at Meeting on the Mesa 2021.