Improving translation success of cell-based therapies in orthopaedics

Jennifer J. Bara, Marietta Herrmann, Christopher H. Evans, Theodore Miclau, Anthony Ratcliffe, R. Geoff Richards

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There is a clear discrepancy between the growth of cell therapy and tissue engineering research in orthopaedics over the last two decades and the number of approved clinical therapies and products available to patients. At the 2015 annual meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Society, a workshop was held to highlight important considerations from the perspectives of an academic scientist, clinical researcher, and industry representative with the aim of helping researchers to successfully translate their ideas into clinical and commercial reality. Survey data acquired from workshop participants indicated an overall positive opinion on the future potential of cell-based therapies to make a significant contribution to orthopaedic medicine. The survey also indicated an agreement on areas requiring improvement in the development of new therapies, specifically; increased support for fundamental research and education and improved transparency of regulatory processes. This perspectives article summarises the content and conclusions of the workshop and puts forward suggestions on how translational success of cell-based therapies in orthopaedics may be achieved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17-21
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Orthopaedic Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016


  • cell-therapy
  • stem cell
  • translation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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