Regeneration, not repair!



upNANO wins PHÖNIX Spin-Off award

Since 2012, the PHÖNIX award has been honouring outstanding work of Austrian start-ups and spin-offs to support them on their way into the market. This year, UpNano GmbH, partner of the Cluster, has won the prize for the best spin-off project.

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"Welcome to the Cluster.
Our objective is to better understand musculo-skeletal tissue regeneration to improve diagnostics and therapeutic measures in an entirely interdisciplinary and translational approach."

Heinz Redl,
Cluster Coordinator

Christian Hellmich
Head of Board

Now open for application! Join the MatureTissue Doctoral Programme!

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from trauma to tissue regeneration...
from molecules to clinics...


Regeneration after trauma or injury is a fascinating and complex process. Some species are more capable of regenerating different body parts, tissues or organs while others possess only very limited regenerative abilities. Hydra for example, a freshwater polyp, can regenerate its entire body. Polyps are the early stage of what is commonly known as a jellyfish. After injuries, Hydra can rearrange its existing tissue which leads to a full regeneration of the lost parts.

We humans in contrast can only dream about regenerating whole body parts. Tissues or organs can to a certain extend be regenerated, but mammals and thus humans have bad regenerative capabilities compared to other animal groups. What is biologically possible and what can be supported by engineered materials is part of many research projects all over the world.


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