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This introduction, by the symposium keynote speaker Dr. Atala, provides insight into the burgeoning field of regenerative medicine by discussing what regenerative medicine is, what has been accomplished in the field and what lies ahead in the future of the field. The Wake Forest Intellectual Property Law Journal’s 2009 Symposium “Regenerative Medicine” took place in February of 2009, and featured several speakers who discussed ethics of stem cell research, the patentability of the technology being utilized and the tissues and organs being regenerated, and how the research and technology will be commercialized and utilized in medicine. The introduction provides an overview of the regenerative medicine technology that served as the focus for the other topics explored by the Symposium’s distinguished group of speakers and authors.