MERLN Institute for Technology-Inspired Regenerative Medicine

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About the institute

Mission
MERLN aims to maintain a leading position in the field of biomedical engineering by combining creative research with training of a generation of interdisciplinary scientists. MERLN’s activities operate at the interface of biology and engineering and we aim to maximize outreach at the level of public involvement, development and commercialization of research. MERLN’s vision is based on sharing of knowledge, infrastructure and ambition.

Research
Research at MERLN is focused on developing novel and breakthough technologies to advance the field of repair and regeneration of both tissues and functional organs. The strategy includes, amongst others, the development of “smart” biomaterials which can trigger intrinsic tissue repair mechanisms mediated by the patient’s own cells. 

Education
MERLN’s scientists will be involved in educational activities within different undergraduate and graduate programmes. Our expertise lies in biology, chemistry, materials science and engineering, with a distinct emphasis on biomedical applications, including regenerative medicine.

Collaboration
Scientists at MERLN have an extensive network of collaborators within research institutions in and outside the Netherlands as well as with a number of biomedical companies, including their own spin-off companies. Newly situated in a hospital setting, close collaboration with medical experts will expedite the testing and use of our technologies in a clinically relevant setting.