"We can take a concept discovered in an academic setting and transfer it into helping improve their lives," Boyan said.
The researchers currently are focusing on using a person's own stem cells — not the controversial stem cells taken from human embryos — to enhance tissue and bone repair. They are developing a better way to deliver stem cells to an injured area, in which the cells take hold and help grow tissue and bone, she said.
The center began its research last year but only recently received full funding, officials said.
Boyan, who is also the associate dean for research at Georgia Tech's College of Engineering, said the researchers hope their work leads to clinical trials within three years and is in use within five.
Eventually, she hopes that the advancements will be used in civilian trauma centers.
The center receives funding from the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine, the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research's Orthopedic Trauma Research Program, the U.S. Department of Defense and from private industry.