CellScale BlogWelcome to our blog page! This is split into different series of stories. Check out the In the Lab series where we catch up with researchers using CellScale systems. Caleb's Corner is where our president pens his insights on the industry. Finally the Product Launch series introduces the latest in CellScale R&D. Enjoy browsing!
CellScale User Publication Highlight: A Comparison Between Thin Films and Inverse Double Network Bilayers for Oral Drug Delivery Systems
Dr. Teja Guda and his team from the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Texas at San Antonio assessed the inverse double network (IDN) hydrogel setup for use in oral drug delivery applications.
Have you invented a new product in your lab that you can’t wait to take to the market? Before you put 2 feet into the water (in this case, the ocean), have a read at what Caleb Horst has to say from over 15 years of experience launching new products.
CellScale User Publication Highlight: A Bioink Blend for Rotary 3D Bioprinting of Vascular Constructs
Dr. Kaiming Ye and his team at Binghamton University and Syracuse University successfully developed a rotary 3D bioprinter and a fibrinogen/gelatin-based bioink. They printed customized vessel grafts that could produce a burst pressure about 52% that of the human saphenous vein.
CellScale User Publication Highlight: Prediction of Hyperelastic Material Properties of Fuel Cell Membranes
In the automotive industry, the use of fuel cells is gaining popularity, so thus the understanding of the mechanical properties of the membranes in those fuel cells. Dr. Nemavhola and Dr. Sigwadi from the University of South Africa presents to us a systematic and analytical study of various material models on 2 types of membranes.
CellScale User Publication Highlight: Multifactorial Bottom-up Bioengineering Approaches to Develop Living Tissue Substitutes
Dr. Dimitrios Zeugolis is a biomedical engineering lecturer at the National University of Ireland-Galway. He established the Regenerative, Modular & Developmental Engineering Laboratory (REMODEL) and is a Principal Investigator at the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Centre for Research in Medical Devices (CÚRAM) at NUI Galway. Along with co-founding a company – Vornia Biomaterials Ltd, Dr. Zeugolis is part of the editorial committee of TERMIS. CellScale is honoured to feature an article done by Dr. Zeugolis and his team in a research that used our product – the MechanoCulture T6.
CellScale User Publication Highlight: Investigating the Venous Valve Tissue Mechanical Properties and ECM
Dr. Hsiao-Ying Shadow Huang from North Carolina State University made great advances in this paper. Utilizing the BioTester, SEM and light microscope, Dr. Huang and her team were able to characterize bovine jugular venous valve tissue for their biaxial mechanical properties and tissue microstructure.
In this research from Dr Taylor Ware and his team at the University of Texas at Dallas, small hydrogels of chromonic properties morph into programmed shapes in response to pH and temperature stimuli.
CellScale attends ASEE2019 in Tampa, Florida on June 15-19! We will be showcasing the UniVert Classroom – the ultimate learning kit that teaches about mechanical properties of biomaterials.
Dr Giuliano Scarcelli from the Fischell Department of Bioengineering at the University of Maryland presents his research on localized-CXL within and beyond the irradiated treatment area.
CellScale User Publication Highlight: IVD Regenerative Medicine featuring Pullulan Microbeads in an Injectable System
Dr Catherine Le Visage from the Université de Nantes in France shares part of her major research into regenerative medicine to treat intervertebral disc degeneration disease. Her group at INSERM created an injectable system that deliver growth factors through the use of microbeads and tested the system in vitro.
CellScale interviews Dr. Peter Hammer from the Boston Children’s Hospital about his unique role as an engineer at the hospital working directly with the cardiac surgeons, and his work with the BioTester.
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Dr. Kurniawan and his team at Eindhoven University of Technology develops an image-based approach to the common uniaxial ring test for mechanical characterization of soft materials and biological tissues.
CellScale User Publication Highlight: An Engineered Meniscus with Zone-specific Biochemical Composition
Dr Vasif Hasirci and his team at the Middle East Technical University in Turkey has created a 3D printed PCL/hydrogel construct of a meniscus. Read more about the details here, including their dynamic stress test on the constructs.
CellScale User Publication Highlight: Collagenous Bioscaffolds for the Treatment of Cutaneous Wounds
Prof Lauren Flynn at Western University creates a 3D collagenous bioscaffold comprised of DAT and COL bead foams to address the need for a better treatment of chronic or non-healing skin wounds.
Biomaterials research teams often have members from engineering, biology, medicine, and other fields. For non-engineers it can be easy to understand why mechanical properties are important, but testing can seem complex and confusing. Here’s a quick framework to help you get started.
German Parada and his team from Zhao Lab at MIT used the UStretch to create hydrogels that can exceed a fatigue threshold of 1000 J/m2.
CellScale User Publication Highlight: A Platform for Generation of Chamber-Specific Cardiac Tissues and Disease Modeling
Yimu Zhao (MASc.) and her team at the University of Toronto developed a unique tissue cultivation and drug testing platform called the “Biowire II”. Find out how the MicroTester played a part in this significant invention!