science | February 23, 2014

How to Grow a Bone Without a Body: Nina Tandon's New TED Video

TED Senior Fellow and science speaker Nina Tandon is the co-founder of EpiBone, the world’s first company growing living human bones for skeletal reconstruction. In a new TED video (embedded above), Tandon and her co-founder Sarindr Bhumiratana describe the work they're doing and the incredible impact it could have on human health.

"If you need human bone, for cancer, congenital defects, trauma...the only way to get human bone is to cut it out of a human. And in practice it's actually quite brutal. What we're proposing to do is a different paradigm. If you need a piece of human bone, you can use your own cells to grow your own," says Tandon. At the moment, Tandon and her team are growing pieces of bone in their lab and are currently testing implantation. "There's so much that we're really excited to see in the coming time," she says. "I would love to see congenital defects be a statistic from the past."

In thrilling and eye-opening talks, Tandon explains the process of growing tissue and transplants, and the future of medical science. To book Nina Tandon as a speaker for your next event, contact The Lavin Agency.