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Rejuvenation Res. 2009 Dec;12(6):455-61. doi: 10.1089/rej.2009.0981.

Regenerative medicine through a crisis: social perception and the financial reality.

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Department of Biochemical Engineering University College London, Torrington Place, London, WC1E 7JE, United Kingdom.


The aim of this perspective piece is to highlight how the "social perception" and "financial reality" of regenerative medicine may act to hinder its evolution into the principal health-care option for the future. We also consider the role of the consumer and the need for increased public awareness. Furthermore, we consider the effects of the changing social attitudes toward the field, as well as taking into account the influence of current and future political thinking. From a financial viewpoint, we analyze the compatibility of the current venture capital model with regenerative medicine start-ups and explore approaches to ensure sufficient funding and support throughout all stages of product development, for example, the modularization of funding.

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