REVIEW - Regenerative medicine in the management of skin disease, burns and wound care
Skin conditions are widespread in the population with studies suggesting that up to a third of people in England and Wales have a skin problem that would benefit from medical care. Many conditions are treated by over the counter products but dermatology referrals account for around 5% of all referrals to specialist outpatient services in the UK. As well as having a significant influence on quality of life, skin conditions are a major area of NHS expenditure.
Regenerative medicine is the process of replacing or regenerating human cells, tissues or organs to establish normal function. We looked for emerging applications of regenerative medicine for the management of skin disease, burns and wound care and identified 33 products that are available or in phase II/III clinical development. The majority of technologies are being developed for the treatment of ulcers associated with diabetes and chronic or complex wounds.