FIRST GLOBAL ORGAN BANKING SUMMIT
Dozens of leading researchers met at Stanford School of Medicine to outline the remaining “sub-challenges” in organ cryopreservation. The overwhelming consensus was that cryopreservation of complex tissues has become an achievable goal with today’s technologies.
NSF-SPONSORED TECHNOLOGY ROADMAP
2014 - 2015
The National Science Foundation funded the creation of a technology roadmap to off-the-shelf human organs, which outlined the key research opportunities and milestones to achieving organ banking in the coming years.
The roadmap’s completion was accompanied by a workshop bringing together leadership at NIH, NASA, and many other government agencies as large stakeholder organizations and leading experts in organ preservation and regenerative medicine.
DARPA “ORGANS ON DEMAND” WORKSHOP AT WEST POINT
The Organ Preservation Alliance (OPA) held a workshop at the U.S. Military Academy along with top leadership at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), outlining key concepts in a proposed “Apollo Program” to preserve and bank organs, limbs, and other complex tissues.