Advanced Regenerative Tissue Engineering Centre
The Advanced Regenerative Tissue Engineering Centre (ARTEC), under the direction of Sunnybrook Research Institute (SRI) senior scientist and Canada Research Chair Dr. Juan Carlos Zúñiga-Pflücker, is fast-tracking the development of novel concepts in the emerging fields of regenerative medicine and tissue engineering. Research focuses on applications in wound healing and soft tissue reconstruction in burns, trauma and cancer surgery.
Funded by the Ontario Research and Development Challenge Fund, ARTEC is a consortium of two academic partners––Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and the University of Toronto––and four industrial partners––ApoPharma, Elastin Specialties, matRegen and Rimon Therapeutics––working together to create new intellectual property and economic growth for Ontario. Basic scientists, engineers and clinicians in ARTEC are collaborating to solve clinical and scientific problems from diverse perspectives.
Scientists in ARTEC are using tissue engineering to produce new technologies for soft tissue regeneration and reconstruction. Tissue engineering involves the rational design and development of a new generation of hybrid devices that modulate healing and regeneration through the three-dimensional architecture of biodegradable scaffolds, incorporation of cellular systems and drug delivery mechanisms.