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The University of Toronto received a $114 million boost from the federal government that the school says will “take regenerative medicine to the next level.”

U of T says the funding will allow the school, Hospital for Sick Children, University Health Network, and Mount Sinai Hospital to deliver a new program called Medicine by Design.

“We’ll be able to design cells, tissues, and organs from the ground up, hopefully with benefit to patients and benefit to the Canadian economy,” Prof. Peter Zandstra, one of the researchers involved with the Medicine by Design project.

“Stem cells offer avenues to treat – and perhaps cure – devastating and costly illnesses such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, blindness, lung disease, neurodegenerative disorders, and diseases of the blood and musculoskeletal system,” he said. “Medicine by Design provides a framework to design the cells, the materials and, ultimately, the clinical strategy needed to reach this goal.”

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