Over recent years, considerable interest has been developing in regard to therapies that have become and may become available based on what is known as ‘regenerative medicine’ (RM). Currently, the main areas of RM development include gene therapies, cell therapies and tissue engineering. This is an important emerging field in clinical research, and its importance lies in its promise to transform healthcare by offering curative, not palliative, therapeutics through the regeneration of tissue within the body. This in itself may reshape healthcare provision in the future, and has wider ethical, social, legal, organisational, regulatory and economic implications for society.
This film is a specially commissioned documentary that explores the implication of regenerative medicine (RM) through the views of scientists developing new RM therapies, academics exploring the impact of RM, and those dealing with the practicalities of bringing new therapies from the lab to the patient.