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Collaboration to Regenerate Limbs

WPI and CellThera Inc., a Worcester-based biotechnology start-up firm, have signed an agreement to conduct joint research aimed at developing techniques for restoring tissue—including digits and limbs—damaged or lost due to traumatic injury.

As part of the agreement, Tanja Dominko, CellThera’s president and chief scientific officer, and senior scientist Raymond Page will hold research faculty appointments at WPI. The research will be conducted in laboratories on campus and, beginning next spring, in the new WPI Life Sciences and Bioengineering Center at Gateway Park. Faculty members with expertise in tissue engineering, wound healing, stem cells, and related fields are also expected to be involved in the project.

WPI’s Bioengineering Institute director W. Grant McGimpsey notes that this collaboration exemplifies the type of industry-university partnerships that BEI and Gateway Park are seeking. “Through these vehicles,” he says, “WPI brings together scientists engaged in cutting-edge research in the life sciences and companies and organizations that can translate new discoveries into products and technologies that can improve the effectiveness of health care and the quality of our lives.”

CellThera is a collaborator on a multi-institution research program funded by a one-year, $3.9 million award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the research and development arm of the U.S. Department of Defense.

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