Biomaterials take two forms, those that exist within the body and are the materials from which the materials are constructed, and those which are man-made and used for implants.
Tissue engineering is a rapidly growing multidisciplinary area of biomedical research with great commercial potential worldwide. It combines the fields of cellular and developmental biology, biomaterials, chemical and mechanical engineering, transplantation, and immunology. The aim of tissue engineering is to treat tissue or organ failure with fully functional natural or synthetic organs. Specific applications include the use of stem cells for regenerative therapies, the development of a bioartificial liver, and the ex vivo growth of skin grafts.
Research areas include: