NovioCell CEO Juliette van den Dolder van Noviocell verwacht dat ze hun gepatenteerde hydrogeltechnologie volgend jaar al op de markt kunnen brengen. Deze biedt voor onderzoekers de mogelijkheid om cellen in 3D te laten groeien. Dit kan al wel, maar het grote voordeel van de nieuwe gel is dat deze synthetisch en aanpasbaar is in stijfte en elasticiteit. zie pagina 15
In January, Noviocell opened its office and laboratory at Pivot Park. The first colleague that Juliette van den Dolder (CEO) appointed for Noviocell was Onno van den Boomen (Senior Scientist). She asked him to share his personal experiences during the first three months.
3D culture in naturally derived hydrogels such as Matrigel or collagen matrices has shown to drive cellular self-organization and complex morphogenetic processes to result in sophisticated in vitro models. However, current methods mostly rely on natural derived materials that fail to enable fine and controlled manipulation of matrix parameters and culture conditions.
The brain-in-a-jar is one of science fiction’s creepier ideas. It is a safe prediction that 2016 will not see such literally disembodied people become reality. What it will see, though, is the blossoming of a technology that lets scientists grow things resembling brains—and also livers, kidneys, intestines and many other body parts—in glass vessels in laboratories.