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Vision, Mission, Goals

Center for Advanced Regenerative Engineering

The body’s inability to jump-start the regeneration of diseased, injured, or missing tissue is one of the greatest challenges that patients and surgeons often face. This challenge has spawned regenerative medicine, a field that is focused on the use of stem cells and specialized proteins to help tissues and organs regenerate. Although promising, it is clear that in order for cost-effective tissue and organ regeneration to become a technique that is available to everyone, collaborations among engineering and scientific disciplines as well as several sectors of society such as industry, government and local communities must take place.

Regenerative engineering is an exciting new field defined as the convergence of advanced materials science,stem cell and developmental biology, physical sciences, and clinical translation to develop scalable and reliable tools that enable the regeneration or reconstruction of complex tissues and organs. It can be thought of as a field that aims to enable the implementation of regenerative medicine for all. The Center for Advanced Regenerative Engineering (CARE) is a partnership among the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Northwestern University, the adult and pediatric Departments of Surgery in the Chicago area, industry, and the community to help thousands of patients regain function through discovery, development and distribution of unprecedented tools and technology that can assess and/or promote the restoration and tissue and organ function.


To be the lead entity in the dissemination of regenerative engineering technology and innovation through new knowledge, research, education, and clinical translation, thereby serving as an essential resource to the healthcare industry, government, academia, and the community.


To create an ecosystem to develop distributable, easy-to-use regenerative tools that enable researchers and clinicians to regenerate tissues and organs for adult and pediatric patients.


1. Create distributable tools capable of regenerating complex tissues and organs
2. Build and support an ecosystem for the clinical implementation of regenerative tools technology
3. Build a strong collaborative network among stakeholders in science, healthcare, industry, government, and the community
4. Educate and train entrepreneurs and a workforce skilled in regenerative engineering
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