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Center for Human Advanced Regeneration & Mobility in Education and Discovery
Unfortunately, the self-regenerative capacity of our body to repair itself is not unlimited. Unlike the gecko lizard in the animal world, we humans cannot regrow our limbs in case severe damage occurs. As an example, fibrosis (or scarring) helps our body heal fast and survive, but does not necessarily help restore 100% of its functionality.
More so: trauma, diseases, or age-related degeneration can affect most of our body tissues and result in a permanent impairment of our capacity to move, with a severe impact on the quality of our life.
What if we could regrow our tendons, nerves, or bones by just taking a pill?
What if 3D-printing new tissues during surgery becomes a routine operation in our hospitals?
What if we could combine molecular and imaging biomarkers to predict and improve surgical outcomes?
Under the motto “Regenerate Mobility!” the CHARMED platform aims to find new and groundbreaking ways to restore the function of our body tissues, by bringing together top scientists from academia and best experts from industry.
Both sides can benefit from complementary competences, as the cutting-edge input of ideas and technology from academia as well as the expertise from industry to turn a medical technology into a product, can ultimately influence the life of millions.
With a bottom-up approach, we have scientists from “both worlds” share their latest thrilling discoveries, but also their needs and the issues they face. By sharing ideas on how to work together & tomorrow on a low-to-zero budget as well as drafting concepts for moonshot projects with unlimited budget, we can build a bridge from the lab to the patients.
The first core of the project brings together the University of Basel, the University Hospital Basel, the Dept. of Biosystems Science and Engineering of ETH Zürich in Basel and Novartis.
Our ultimate goal? To restore the capacity to freely move to the people, whichever the cause and wherever they are.