Industrial Engineer Engineering and Management Solutions at Work

August 2013    |    Volume: 45    |    Number: 8

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Regenerative medicine manufacturing

As IEs, we may never replace biologists and doctors in developing biomedical technologies, but we can use those tools to transform healthcare

By Rohan A. Shirwaiker, Zhuo (George) Tan and Paul H. Cohen

As science fiction writer and inventor Sir Arthur C. Clarke said, any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. By this definition, advances in biomedical technology, which broadly refers to the application of engineering and technology principles to the domain of living or biological systems, have been creating magic over the past two decades. Life sciences-based innovations such as the "earmouse" created at the end of the last millennium and the international, collaborative human genome project have been nothing short of miracles.

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