A network of hundreds of scientists, engineers, and researchers - with support from members of the public - working to accelerate the day when engineered tissues and organs are readily available for patients in need.
According to the Organ Procurement and Transplant Network, the demand for organ transplants in the U.S. currently outweighs the supply by a factor of 5 to 1. Hundreds of thousands of people are on the wait-list for a new organ in the US alone. However, the official U.S. organ waiting list represents just a fraction of a much bigger problem. Worldwide, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that organ transplants currently meet less than 10% of the demand. All told, according to the Center for Disease Control, more people die in the U.S. from organ impairment than die from cancer, yet tissue and organ bio-engineering research remains significantly underfunded when compared to other research areas. But the challenge even goes beyond this. Millions of people suffer from injuries, illnesses, or debilitating diseases whose lives could be dramatically improved by repairing or replacing lost tissue and organ functions.
Organ and tissue bioengineering has the potential to save millions of lives, filling a gap where other organ replacement strategies are not meeting the demand. Our alliance is unique in it's multi-disciplinary approach to understanding the challenges ahead and accelerating innovative research to solve those challenges. We have received over $350,000 in philanthropic support and launched $1,700,000 in professional prize programs to incentivize and accelerate bio-engineering research. We have gathered leaders from disparate fields of research for innovative projects solving long-standing challenges in bio-engineering (such as connecting NASA computer imaging and computational modeling experts with bio-engineering researchers to better understand vascular networks in different organs and tissues). We have received National Science Foundation Grants. We have hosted workshops with NASA, HHS, NIH, NSF, and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Now we need your help to take all of this work to the next level.
The Institute of Competition Sciences oversees New Organ’s strategy, design, and operations. ICS has worked previously with NASA, SETI, Goodwill, Lemelson Foundation, and many others.
The New Organ Alliance was created in 2013 as initiative of the Methuselah Foundation, a public charity dedicated to advancing and celebrating regenerative technologies to reduce unnecessary suffering and extend healthy life.