INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana University School of Medicine has announced plans for a new center focused on regenerative medicine. IU will invest more than $20 million over the next five years to establish the Indiana Center for Regenerative Medicine and Engineering, which will specialize in what the university says is a rapidly-developing field.

Regenerative medicine focuses on repairing and replacing tissue and organs damaged by age, trauma, or disease. The center will be led by Chandan Sen, who previously served as director of the Center for Regenerative Medicine and Cell-Based Therapies at Ohio State University.

"The potential of regenerative medicine is tremendous, and in Chandan Sen we will have one the country’s most accomplished and innovative researchers leading our program," said Jay Hess, dean of the IU School of Medicine. "We expect IU School of Medicine to be among a handful of top institutions delivering on the promise of regenerative medicine. The discoveries made and the new therapies and devices developed at this center will improve the lives of Hoosiers and of patients everywhere."

IU says Sen will bring with him more than $10 million in research grants and a team of more than 30 scientists and staff "who will study how to tap into the power of regenerative medicine and engineering to heal burns, develop new therapies for diabetic complications, treat injured soldiers, and even regrow damaged and diseased tissue."

The new center will be located in 11,000 square feet of space in the Medical Research & Library building on the IU School of Medicine campus in downtown Indianapolis. It will also have space in the new 16 Tech innovation campus on the city's near west side.

Additionally, Sen will serve as executive director of the IU Health Comprehensive Wound Center. He will also have a leadership role in the IU Precision Health Initiative, part of the university's Grand Challenges program.

You can learn more about the center and some of the technologies Sen and his staff will be developing by clicking here.