Biomaterials for Personalized Cell Therapy

Amanda L. Facklam, Lisa R. Volpatti, Daniel G. Anderson*

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Cell therapy has already had an important impact on healthcare and provided new treatments for previously intractable diseases. Notable examples include mesenchymal stem cells for tissue regeneration, islet transplantation for diabetes treatment, and T cell delivery for cancer immunotherapy. Biomaterials have the potential to extend the therapeutic impact of cell therapies by serving as carriers that provide 3D organization and support cell viability and function. With the growing emphasis on personalized medicine, cell therapies hold great potential for their ability to sense and respond to the biology of an individual patient. These therapies can be further personalized through the use of patient-specific cells or with precision biomaterials to guide cellular activity in response to the needs of each patient. Here, the role of biomaterials for applications in tissue regeneration, therapeutic protein delivery, and cancer immunotherapy is reviewed, with a focus on progress in engineering material properties and functionalities for personalized cell therapies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1902005
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number13
StatePublished - Apr 1 2020


  • biomaterials
  • cell therapy
  • drug delivery
  • immunotherapy
  • personalized medicine
  • regenerative medicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • General Materials Science


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