Tendons (rotator cuff, Achilles and patellar tendons) are among the most commonly injured soft tissues [1]. Many techniques for repair/reconstruction have been attempted (e.g. sutures, resorbable biomaterials, autografts, and allografts) with varying success. A tissue engineered repair using mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) is and attractive option [2–4] but the stiffness and strength of currently available constructs are insufficient for clinical use [6].

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