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BME and Petit Institute Researcher, Krishnendu Roy, Stresses Need for Reproducible, Reliable, Affordable, Accessible Cell Therapies at the Vatican

Krishnendu Roy scanned the room, taking note of the people all around him in the Vatican, and thought, “what the heck am I doing here?” There was Bill Frist, former majority leader of the U.S. Senate, and there was Tommy Thompson, former governor of Wisconsin and U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services. There was billionaire philanthropists/businessmen Sean Parker and Denny Sanford, and Ron DePinho, President of MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Carl June, the pioneer of cancer immnotherapy, and there were the heads of the food and drug administrations (FDA) from Europe. And this being the Vatican, there was Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi (Minister of Culture of the Vatican). Surely, Pope Francis was somewhere nearby.  “All in all, a very high-powered meeting,” says Roy, recalling the International Regenerative Medicine Conference at the Vatican in April.

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Researchers Have Developed a Clearer Understanding of How Platelets Sense Mechanical Forces to Launch the Clotting Process.

Using a unique single-molecule force measurement tool, a research team has developed a clearer understanding of how platelets sense the mechanical forces they encounter during bleeding to initiate the cascading process that leads to blood clotting. Beyond providing a better understanding of this vital bodily process, research into a mechanoreceptor molecule that triggers clotting could provide a potential new target for therapeutic intervention. Excessive clotting can lead to heart attack and stroke – major killers worldwide – while insufficient clotting allows life-threatening bleeding.

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Eberhard Voit Breaks Down Complex Systems Biology Science 

A new book by Eberhard Voit breaks breaks down complex science for the general reader. There are no equations or math in the book -- not your average science book.

Eberhard Voit can be forgiven if he sometimes felt like a recluse among scientists early in his career. As a system biologist, he didn’t have a lot of company. But he says that all changed around 2000, near the conclusion of the Human Genome Project, which utilized an integrated, cross-disciplinary approach to transform biology, leading to the launch of ‘systems biology.’  “Then, all of a sudden, we came out of the shadows,” says Voit, a professor in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME) and a researcher in the Petit Institute for Bioengineering and Bioscience..

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BioID Students Finish Master’s Program with Summaries of Year-long Projects

The Biomedical Innovation and Development (BioID) program was created in 2013  by the Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University to meet a specific market need for multidisciplinary professionals, people with a broad educational background who can thrive at the intersection of medical device engineering, healthcare, and business development.
Essentially, it’s a program designed to train and develop the next generation of future leaders in the biomedical industry. Or, as recent graduate Parth Agarwal says, “the BioID progam is a unique tarmac between academia and industry. The program made us realize that there is so much more to medical device development than just R & D.”
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Ben Rapsas, a BME Major, Welcomes New Students at Tech's Annual Convocation

Each semester, dozens of rising second-year students apply for the privilege to address incoming students at Georgia Tech at New Student Convocation. The ceremony was even made famous in 2013 by alumnus Nick Selby. This year, new students will hear from Ben Rapsas, a rising second-year biomedical engineering major. Rapsas felt like this was something he was called to do.  The process of becoming Convocation speaker includes writing a speech that is judged by faculty and staff. Prospective speakers must also deliver that speech to a group of judges.

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