KARE 11: Kidney transplant alternative research gives transplant patients on the waiting list new hope

Researchers at Eden Prairie-based Miromatrix are leading the race to develop the first transplant alternatives.

Right now a Minnesota company is working to develop a kidney transplant alternative. It’s a one-of-a-kind solution to end the transplant waiting list as we know it. Using a breakthrough process developed at the University of Minnesota, Eden Prairie-based Miromatrix Medical Incorporated is creating transplantable human organs out of pig organs.

Dr. Jeff Ross, Miromatrix CEO, said Minnesota researchers are leading the regenerative medicine race. “We’re creating human organs out of discarded pig organs. We take what nature designed, a fully functioning liver, kidney or heart and with our patented technology, which was developed at the University of Minnesota, we remove all of the cells from the organ. What’s left is a ‘scaffold.’ All of the organ’s natural design and architecture remain. Then from the inside out, we seed or implant new, human cells back into it, ultimately creating a completely functional, transplantable organ that could save a life,” explained Dr. Ross.
— KARE 11

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