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Introducing the VitroFlo

A simple in vitro culture system that mimics key in vivo conditions

Mechanical Test Systems

At CellScale, our test systems are optimized from the ground up to characterize the mechanical properties of biomaterials. Environmental chambers and imaging are integral system functions, not afterthoughts. For needs ranging from micro-scale compression to biaxial tension, trust CellScale’s systems to provide cutting edge data. Our products are:

BioTester – planar biaxial testing

MicroTester – micro-scale mechanical testing

UniVert – tension, compression and bending testing

UStretch – precision tension testing


CellScale’s bioreactors provide insights into the response of cells and tissues to mechanical stimulation.  We have systems optimized for high-throughput, real-time imaging, 3D scaffold use, and multi-modal stimulation. CellScale also has extensive experience in developing custom solutions that exceed expectations. The Cell-Stimulation products are:

MCB1  – biaxial stimulation of cell monolayers and 3D constructs

MCFX – uniaxial stimulation of cell monolayers with imaging

MCT6 – high-force uniaxial stimulation of 3D constructs

MCTR – high-throughput hydrostatic pressure stimulation

MCTX – uniaxial compression stimulation

We have bought multiple CellScale products and are extremely happy with all of them.  The BioTester is by far the best-designed, easiest-to-use biaxial testing system I have used in my career. The MechanoCulture B1 provides great control over mechanical stretch protocols and is the only system we have found that readily accommodates cell-populated gels. Finally, the MechanoCulture FX is a great system for mechanobiology experiments. Across all of these products, CellScale has worked with us to help us find the right product, and when needed even to adapt their devices for our experiments. I can’t recommend the products and the company highly enough. Prof. Jeff Holmes

University of Virginia

CellScale’s innovative biomechanical testing equipment, including the MicroTester and a customized UniVert system, has greatly enabled our research, allowing us to accurately characterize the properties of a diverse range of engineered bioscaffolds under physiological conditions. The systems are robust and easy to use, and offer flexibility in the types of biomaterials and tissues that can be tested. What truly sets CellScale apart, is their commitment to Customer Service – they have gone above and beyond to help us in getting the most from our data and are always very prompt and helpful in responding to our questions.

Lauren Flynn, Ph.D., P.Eng
Western University

CellScale User Publication Highlight: Effects of Different Constitutive Laws on Fluid-Structure Interaction (FSI) Simulation of the Mitral Valve

Dr. Xiaoyu Luo from the University of Glasgow in collaboration with 3 top scientific universities in China has presented a highly detailed study on the dynamic behavior of mitral valve leaflets and chordae tendineae under physiological conditions.

CellScale User Publication Highlight: Nb2O5 and HA Particle Loaded Electrospun PCL/GL Membranes for Bone Tissue Engineering

Dr. Kathryn Grandfield and her team from McMaster University in collaboration with Federal University of Pelotas designed and fabricated membranes with the ideal bone quality and bioactivity favoured in bone repair applications. Learn more about their methods and test results.

CellScale User Publication Highlight: Surface Representation and Bio-mechanical Analysis of the Urinary Bladder

Dr. Alejandro Garcia-Gonzalez from Tecnologico de Monterrey in collaboration with the University of Texas at Dallas presents this paper that characterizes the urinary bladder in research to benefit the treatment of stress urinary incontinence.

CellScale User Publication Highlight: Regional-Dependent Biaxial Behavior of Young and Aged Mouse Skin

Dr. Manuel Rausch and his team at the University of Texas at Austin published this comprehensive study on the detailed histomechanical characterization, residual strain
analysis, and constitutive mode of murine skin.

The VitroFlo System

CellScale presents the latest innovation in microphysiological systems.

CellScale User Publication Highlight: Axial Torsion of the Annulus Fibrosus

Dr. Diane Gregory and Maxine Harvey-Burgess from Wilfrid Laurier University published this article in Spine Biomechanics journal that studied the effect of axial torsion on the mechanical properties of the annulus fibrosus inter- and intralamellar matrices.

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CellScale User Publication Highlight: Compressive Mechanical Properties of Rat and Pig Optic Nerve Head

Dr. Ross Ethier and his team from Georgia Institute of Technology furthered the research on Glaucoma through biomechanical studies on the optic nerve head tissue of a rat and pig.

CellScale User Publication Highlight: Effect of Halloysite Addition on the Material Properties of Chitosan-Halloysite Hydrogel Composites

Chitosan is an exceptional candidate for implant coatings, wound dressing, and drug delivery applications. However, it has poor mechanical properties on its own and often needs to be reinforced with other polymers, carbon nanotubes or clay nanoparticles. Dr. David Mills and Yangyang Luo from Louisiana Tech University explores the addition of Halloysite in Chitosan, studying the material properties as well as its drug delivery capabilities.

CellScale User Publication Highlight: 3D Bioprinting with Methacrylated Gelatin Upon Inclusion of Chroride Salt and Nano-Particles

Dr. Patricia Comeau and Dr. Thomas Willett from the University of Waterloo optimizes a methacrylated gelatin-based bioink with chloride salt and hydroxyapatite nano-particles. In their experiments, they optimized for viscosity, swelling and dynamic modulus. Their printed result possessed a dynamic modulus similar to articular cartilage.