Andrews Institute Receives State Appropriation for Regenerative Medicine Research

State of Florida Supports Andrews Institute’s Vision to Lead the Way in Efficacy for Regenerative Medicine

GULF BREEZE, Fla. (July 25, 2018) The Andrews Research & Education Foundation (AREF) at Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine recently received a one million dollar grant from the State of Florida to support regenerative medicine research endeavors. The state appropriation was approved in May of 2018 and became available at the start of the fiscal year that began on July 1, 2018.

The funding will support hiring personnel and purchasing equipment for the Andrews Institute Regenerative Medicine Center, a facility built in 2016 to pioneer regenerative medicine treatments. New and ongoing regenerative medicine research studies will continue because of this grant.

Regenerative medicine at Andrews Institute refers to the utilization of biology-based treatments aimed at the repair and healing of injured tissues. Currently, this is limited to treatments using tissues from the patients themselves, including blood-based and bone-marrow based treatments as well as stem cells mobilized to the patient’s blood stream.

“I feel that the state of Florida supports our vision to provide leadership in testing regenerative medicine treatments and proving their value,” said Adam Anz, M.D., orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist at Andrews Institute. “We have a track record of success in these kinds of studies. Our goal is to build evidence to help give patients clear, transparent statements about regenerative medicine.”

While industry support for research studies is critical, the independent funding from the state of Florida will provide Andrews Institute physicians with flexibility to pursue research questions that may not have been supported otherwise.

“Industry is motivated, as we are, to help improve treatments for patients, but sometimes industry-funded research is limited by the bottom line” said Anz. “However, this state funding gives us the freedom to push research directions and questions.”

The contract for the funding will be between AREF and the Florida Department of Health. It will outline required deliverables including hiring personnel, institutional review board (IRB) approvals and patients enrolled in studies.

“This funding will help us be a beacon of light in the regenerative medicine fog,” said Dr. Anz. “Currently, regenerative medicine is a foggy place. There are a lot of unknowns and unsupported claims. We need to be a driving force in clearing the fog so that we know what works and what doesn’t work.”

The state appropriation will provide necessary funding to maintain and develop the Regenerative Medicine Center at Andrews Institute, and it will support new and ongoing research that will provide clear evidence for use of regenerative medicine procedures effectiveness.

 

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