Stem Cell Engineering

A WTEC Global Assessment

  • Robert M. Nerem
  • Jeanne Loring
  • Todd C. McDevitt
  • Sean P. Palecek
  • David V. Schaffer
  • Peter W. Zandstra

Part of the Science Policy Reports book series (SCIPOLICY)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxiii
  2. Robert M. Nerem
    Pages 1-19
  3. Peter W. Zandstra, Geoff Clarke
    Pages 65-97
  4. Todd C. McDevitt
    Pages 99-117
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 119-308

About this book


This book describes a global assessment of stem cell engineering research, achieved through site visits by a panel of experts to leading institutes, followed by dedicated workshops. The assessment made clear that engineers and the engineering approach with its quantitative, system-based thinking can contribute much to the progress of stem cell research and development. The increased need for complex computational models and new, innovative technologies, such as high-throughput screening techniques, organ-on-a-chip models and in vitro tumor models require an increasing involvement of engineers and physical scientists. Additionally, this book will show that although the US is still in a leadership position in stem cell engineering, Asian countries such as Japan, China and Korea, as well as European countries like the UK, Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands are rapidly expanding their investments in the field. Strategic partnerships between countries could lead to major advances of the field and scalable expansion and differentiation of stem cells. This study was funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).


Application of Microfluidics Assessment of Stem Cell Engineering Computational Stem Cell Engineering High-Throughput Screening In Vitro Models of Issues Innovation in Stem Cell Engineering Investment in Stem Cell Research Organ-on-a-Chip Regenerative Therapie Scalable Expansion of Stem Cells Stem Cell Biomanufacturing Stem Cell Bioprocessing WTEC Report on Stem Cell Engineering World Technology Evaluation Center

Editors and affiliations

  • Robert M. Nerem
    • 1
  • Jeanne Loring
    • 2
  • Todd C. McDevitt
    • 3
  • Sean P. Palecek
    • 4
  • David V. Schaffer
    • 5
  • Peter W. Zandstra
    • 6
  1. 1.Parker H Petit Institute for Bioeng. & BioscienceGeorgia Institute of TechnologyAtlantaUSA
  2. 2.Chemical PhysiologyThe Centre for Regenerative Medicine Scripps Research Inst.San DiegoUSA
  3. 3.Biomedical EngineeringStem Cell Engineering Center Georgia Institute of TechnologyAtlantaUSA
  4. 4.Chemical & Biological EngineeringUniversity of Wisconsin-MadisonMadisonUSA
  5. 5.Berkeley Chemical and Biomolecular EngineeringUniversity of California, BerkeleyBerkeleyUSA
  6. 6.University of TorontoTerrence Donnelly Centre for Cellular & Biomolecular ResearchTorontoCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-05073-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-05074-4
  • Series Print ISSN 2213-1965
  • Series Online ISSN 2213-1973
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