IPrime’s BMP program Bob Tranquillo’s heart valve research featured on local news

Jan. 20, 2016 – Professor Bob Tranquillo is leading tissue engineering research efforts to grow tissue that could one day replace a defective heart valve in a young child. This exciting and groundbreaking research was recently featured on local television Kare 11 News (link to video below). “Our goal is to create an option that requires only one surgery,” Tranquillo said. “Our material can be a living tissue that can heal itself, repair itself and for pediatric patients, grow with the patients.” In two weeks, Tranquillo will seek approval from the Food and Drug Administration on a clinical trial of the new valve, and if approved, these new valves could reduce the number of open heart surgeries in children.

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