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Center for Nanomedicine and Tissue Engineering

Welcome to CNTE

The Center for Nanomedicine and Tissue Engineering was established in 2008 as one the first multi-disciplinary research centres focused on the application of nanomedicine to tissue regeneration. CNTE is an inter-institutional research centre featuring state-of-the-art lab equipment and professional expertise from different scientific disciplines, ranging from physics, chemistry and material science to cell biology and medicine. At the core of the vision of CNTE is the development of translational research approaches for tissue engineering applications, working side by side to both medical departments and universities, bridging the gap between basic science and clinical application. By merging different disciplines for each specific medical target, we bring forward and promote our holistic vision for the ever more complex tasks coming from biomedical sciences.

Vision of CNTE

"Nanomedicine allows for the design and synthesis of biomaterials at the molecular level, bringing to engineers the power to select multiple biological functions and tuned biomechanical properties in bioabsorbable bioprostheses hence designed for specific pathology and, in the near future, customised for each patient. Nonetheless, nanomedicine should not be confined to the exploitation of nanoparticles for target drug delivery/diagnostic purposes: It is much more than that. Recently developed nanostructured scaffolds feature more and more high-performance mechano-chemical properties that, together with their easy customisation, will likely provide priceless assets for tissue engineering.

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At CNTE the research is multidisciplinary, it is a synergism of Computational Biomodelling of SAPs, Synthetic Chemistry, Fabrication, and in vitro and in vivo experimentation. Major focused areas of research are listed below:     

  • Molecular modelling of biomimetic SAPs

  • Tailoring SAP chemical and physical properties

  • Post-processing of biomimetic SAPs

  • 3D cell cultures & organoids

  • SAP-based bioprostheses for nervous regeneration

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