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April 13, 2022 | Tom Ballard

Wake Forest doubles down on regenerative medicine with new accelerator

Entrepreneurs in the regenerative medicine space can now secure support from the world’s first organization dedicated to advancing regenerative medicine manufacturing scale-up and automation.

That entity is named the RegenMed Development Organization (ReMDO), and it is collaborating with the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine (WFIRM) to launch the “Innovation Accelerator.” Housed in WFIRM’s space, the overall goal is to help start-ups accelerate the translation of technologies to patients. The location within WFIRM’s space provides access to state-of-the-art biomanufacturing equipment, industry expertise, and talent to support novel prototyping and commercial product development through the ReMDO Test Bed.

The “Innovation Accelerator” is a key component of the established Regenerative Medicine Hub (RegenMed Hub), an ecosystem that brings together and draws upon the resources and talent available through the Innovation Quarter. The latter, home to iQ Labs, is a vibrant, mixed-use innovation district located in downtown Winston-Salem, NC. Anchored by the Wake Forest School of Medicine, Innovation Quarter is home to a community of more than 3,700 workers in 90 companies and four other institutions of higher learning as well as a place where almost 1,800 degree-seeking students come to learn every day.

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