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Heart-mending technology licensed

March 10, 2010

Experimental rat heart.

In 2008 Doris Taylor and her team made headlines by building new rat hearts in the lab.

Doris Taylor's work moves a step closer to the market

By Deane Morrison

In 2008 University of Minnesota professor Doris Taylor garnered worldwide attention when her team created a beating animal heart in the laboratory.

Now the University has signed an exclusive global agreement with Miromatrix Medical Inc. to license the technology, which holds promise for enabling the replacement of entire human organs with nontransplantable organs. They would be created by harvesting organs from either human or nonhuman donors, stripping them of their cells, and regenerating them with cells from the recipient or a compatible donor.

"This is a major step forward for our technology commercialization efforts," says Tim Mulcahy, the University's vice president for research. Taylor's research, he says, "holds the potential to launch an entirely new industry on the scale of the medical device industry."

Miromatrix CEO Robert Cohen says the company intends to commercialize a series of products based upon her work and expects to complete its initial round of financing in the next few months.

Tags: Academic Health Center

Researchers create a new heart in the lab

January 14, 2008

Work opens a new path to replacement of hearts and other organs. Learn more >


Mending broken hearts with stem cells

August 3, 2006

A University team improves the function of damaged pig hearts using stem cells and minimally invasive surgery. Learn more >


Hearty enthusiasm

January 26, 2004

New U researcher seeks novel treatments for cardiovascular disease. Learn more >


Read our Driven to Discover story on Doris Taylor.

See the news release about the license agreement.

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