Anthony Atala asks, "Can we grow organs instead of transplanting them?" His lab at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine is doing just that — engineering over 30 tissues and whole organs.

Why you should listen

Anthony Atala is the director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, where his work focuses on growing and regenerating tissues and organs. His team engineered the first lab-grown organ to be implanted into a human -- a bladder -- and is developing experimental fabrication technology that can "print" human tissue on demand.

In 2007, Atala and a team of Harvard University researchers showed that stem cells can be harvested from the amniotic fluid of pregnant women. This and other breakthroughs in the development of smart bio-materials and tissue fabrication technology promises to revolutionize the practice of medicine.

What others say

“Anthony Atala bakes things that will make you feel good inside, but we're not talking cakes and muffins.” — PBS

Anthony Atala’s TED talks

Quotes from Anthony Atala

[Our lab uses] a desktop inkjet printer, but instead of using ink, we're using cells.
Anthony Atala
TED2011 • 2.1M views Mar 2011
Jaw-dropping, Fascinating