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The Emergence of Tissue Engineering as a Research Field

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The authors would like to thank all who participated in this study, especially the researchers and leaders in academia and industry who agreed to be interviewed and who shared their insights and experiences in the field. We also thank the efforts of Dr. Rosemarie Hunziker, formerly at the National Institute for Standards and Technology, Dr. Kiki Hellman of the Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Christine Kelley of the National Institutes of Health, and Dr. Steven Davison of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, who helped us gather relevant agency data to contribute to our study.

We would like to give special thanks to the project team in the Directorate for Engineering at the National Science Foundation, including Drs. Joanne Culbertson, Bruce Hamilton, Frederick Heineken, and Linda Parker, who provided ongoing information and technical support integral to our data collection and analysis. Without their involvement, many aspects of our research would have been difficult, if not impossible.

The work was sponsored by the Directorate for Engineering of the National Science Foundation's Directorate of Engineering through Task Order A-07, award 0212341, in NSF contract EEC-9815425.

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the National Science Foundation.

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