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Welcome 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!
Micro-Mechanical Testing for Cell Type Analysis

Micro-Mechanical Testing for Cell Type Analysis

Tissue spheroids are a growing pre-clinical tool for drug development. Succeeding in this application will require quality, repeatability, and standardization. The MicroTester is perfectly suited for mechanical compression of tissue spheroids. In a recent paper Elena...

Adhering wet conducting polymers on diverse substrates

Adhering wet conducting polymers on diverse substrates

Dr. Xuanhe Zhao from MIT and his global team present an effective and strong solution to bond wet conducting polymers on diverse substrates. This adhesive layer can be applied on by spin-coating, spray-coating or dip-coating. Read on for more details of the fabrication and electrical and mechanical tests.

Tension Testing Tips and Tricks

Tension Testing Tips and Tricks

Do you need to find out the mechanical properties of your biomaterial specimen but unsure of how to go about a test? With over 15 years of experience, CellScale can help! Here is a quick guide to tension testing of soft biomaterials provided by Caleb.

Aerogel Beads for Removal of Copper

Aerogel Beads for Removal of Copper

Dr. Kam Chiu Tam and his team at the University of Waterloo proposes a solution for heavy metal pollution in wastewater. Their modified cellulose aerogel beads were shown to exhibit high copper absorption capacity and rate, high shape recovery and robust mechanical strength. Best of all, they could be regenerated and reused.

Development of Scaffolds with Adjusted Stiffness

Development of Scaffolds with Adjusted Stiffness

Dr. Andreas Nüssler and his team from Eberhard Karls University have developed scaffolds that mimic the rigidity of healthy and fibrotic liver tissue. Thereafter they studied the metabolic activity of liver cells on these scaffolds. Read more about how this research impacts the movement for drug testing in non-animal models.

Multiparametric Analysis of Tissue Spheroids

Multiparametric Analysis of Tissue Spheroids

Dr. Elena Bulanova and her team at the Laboratory for Biotechnological Research 3D Bioprinting Solutions in Russia present their article on fabrication and analysis of tissue spheroids. Their design protocol applies to any cell line and aims to meet high quality standards such as consistent geometry, defined mechanical properties and viability.

A Low-cost, Pilot-scale, Melt Processing System

A Low-cost, Pilot-scale, Melt Processing System

Dr. Jon Pokorski and his team from the University of California at San Diego presents a solution to high-cost, bulky and high-material-consuming melt-processing system for academic laboratories. In his study, he demonstrates the dispersion of particles in melt processed polymers produced by their invention.

Hyperelastic Characterization of Mesh for Abdominal Hernia Repair

Hyperelastic Characterization of Mesh for Abdominal Hernia Repair

Dr. Georgina Carbajal de la Torre and her team from Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolas de Hidalgo in Mexico shares with us her fascinating research into various synthetic mesh for abdominal wall hernia repair. By understanding the mechanical properties of these materials, surgical treatments of abdominal hernia can vastly improve thus reducing the hernia recurrence rate for patients.

New Testing Method for Viscoelasticity of Biomaterials

New Testing Method for Viscoelasticity of Biomaterials

Ludovica Cacopardo from the University of Pisa under Associate Professor Arti Ahluwalia publishes this article on a new testing method for viscoelasticity through stress-rate measurements and load-control testing. Learn how the MechanoCulture TR played a major role in their discovery.

Optimization for Accelerated Corneal Crosslinking Procedure

Optimization for Accelerated Corneal Crosslinking Procedure

Here is the first customer publication highlight featuring a commercial (non-academic) entity and their research with our equipment! Dr. Desmond Adler and his team from Avedro (now a Glaukos company) investigated on the optimization of oxygen dynamics, UV-A delivery, and drug formulation for Accelerated Epi-On Corneal Crosslinking.

Methods of Delivering Mechanical Stimuli to OOC

Methods of Delivering Mechanical Stimuli to OOC

University of Arizona’s Dr. Jeong-Yeol Yoon and his Ph.D. student Kattika Kaarj presents this journal paper on Organ-on-a-chip devices and the mechanical stimuli they can create on human cells and tissues. This excellent summary focuses on the technical details of device design and equipment used, categorizing them under 5 types of mechanical stimuli.