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Global Biotechnology Insights
Jan 14, 2022
Regrowing Knee Cartilage with an Electric Kick

Regrowing Knee Cartilage with an Electric Kick

Bioengineers successfully regrew cartilage in a rabbit's knee and they've discovered that electrical signals are key to normal growth. They designed a tissue scaffold made out of nanofibers of poly-L lactic acid that has a neat property called piezo-electricity. When it is squeezed, it produces a little burst of electrical current. The regular movement of a joint, such as a person walking, can cause the PLLA scaffold to generate a weak but steady electrical field that encourages cells to colonize it and grow into cartilage.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Jan 10, 2022
Silk's Unique Properties Present Possibilities for Future Technologies

Silk's Unique Properties Present Possibilities for Future Technologies

Silk makes an important biomaterial, because it does not generate an immune response in humans and promotes the growth of cells. It has been used in drug delivery, and because the material is flexible and has favorable technological properties, it is ideal for wearable and implantable health monitoring sensors.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Dec 24, 2021
Sensors Set to Revolutionise Brain Controlled Robotics

Sensors Set to Revolutionise Brain Controlled Robotics

A novel carbon-based biosensor is set to drive new innovations in brain-controlled robotics. The sensor is made of epitaxial graphene - essentially multiple layers of very thin, very strong carbon - grown directly onto a silicon-carbide-on-silicon substrate. The result is a highly scalable novel sensing technology that overcomes three major challenges of graphene-based biosensing: corrosion, durability and skin contact resistance
Global Biotechnology Insights
Dec 20, 2021
Soft Semiconductors that Stretch Like Human Skin

Soft Semiconductors that Stretch Like Human Skin

Semiconductors are moving away from rigid substrates, which are cut or formed into thin discs or wafers, to more flexible plastic material and even paper thanks to new material and fabrication discoveries. The trend toward more flexible substrates has led to fabrication of numerous devices, from light-emitting diodes to solar cells and transistors.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Dec 13, 2021
Novel Brain Stimulation Approach Treats Severe Depression

Novel Brain Stimulation Approach Treats Severe Depression

Patients are awake during surgery as electrical leads are implanted in their brain. This procedure uses a first-of-its-kind approach that incorporates intracranial electroencephalography (EEG) recordings and stimulation to personalize the understanding of network behavior in the brain during a depressive state and its response to the DBS device.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Dec 2, 2021
3D Printing to Grow Full-Thickness Skin in the Lab

3D Printing to Grow Full-Thickness Skin in the Lab

Skin is the body's first line of defence against toxins, radiation and harmful substances. It has at least six functions, regenerates itself approximately once each month, and consists of up to seven layers of tissue. It's no wonder, then, that researchers and clinicians are interested in producing this remarkable organ in the lab so that it can be used to repair injuries caused by burns, surgery or disease.
External Company Press Release
First Supply of Consistent, Scalable, Human Muscle Cells for Research

First Supply of Consistent, Scalable, Human Muscle Cells for Research

Cell coding company bit.bio has launched a new product, ioSkeletal Myocytes. It's the first product of its kind that provides physiologically relevant human skeletal muscle cells that are reliable, reproducible and consistent at scale. Access to ioSkeletal Myocytes will supercharge research and drug discovery for musculoskeletal and metabolic conditions.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Jun 7, 2021
3D Printed Algae has Applications in Energy, Medicine, Fashion, Space

3D Printed Algae has Applications in Energy, Medicine, Fashion, Space

Researchers use 3D printing to create a novel, environmentally friendly material made of algae that has applications not only for energy and medicine, but also for fashion and space exploration. Living materials, which are made by housing biological cells within a nonliving matrix, have gained popularity in recent years as scientists recognize that often the most robust materials are those that mimic nature.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Apr 26, 2021
Next Generation of Swimming Living Robots can Self-Train

Next Generation of Swimming Living Robots can Self-Train

Researchers have achieved a breakthrough in the field of biological robots by developing new biobots based on muscle cells that can swim at unprecedented velocities.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Apr 6, 2021
Ultrashort Peptides to a Long Way for Tissue Engineering

Ultrashort Peptides to a Long Way for Tissue Engineering

A printable hydrogel made of ultrashort peptides could help shape cells into viable tissues.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Jan 14, 2022
Regrowing Knee Cartilage with an Electric Kick

Regrowing Knee Cartilage with an Electric Kick

Bioengineers successfully regrew cartilage in a rabbit's knee and they've discovered that electrical signals are key to normal growth. They designed a tissue scaffold made out of nanofibers of poly-L lactic acid that has a neat property called piezo-electricity. When it is squeezed, it produces a little burst of electrical current. The regular movement of a joint, such as a person walking, can cause the PLLA scaffold to generate a weak but steady electrical field that encourages cells to colonize it and grow into cartilage.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Dec 24, 2021
Sensors Set to Revolutionise Brain Controlled Robotics

Sensors Set to Revolutionise Brain Controlled Robotics

A novel carbon-based biosensor is set to drive new innovations in brain-controlled robotics. The sensor is made of epitaxial graphene - essentially multiple layers of very thin, very strong carbon - grown directly onto a silicon-carbide-on-silicon substrate. The result is a highly scalable novel sensing technology that overcomes three major challenges of graphene-based biosensing: corrosion, durability and skin contact resistance
Global Biotechnology Insights
Dec 13, 2021
Novel Brain Stimulation Approach Treats Severe Depression

Novel Brain Stimulation Approach Treats Severe Depression

Patients are awake during surgery as electrical leads are implanted in their brain. This procedure uses a first-of-its-kind approach that incorporates intracranial electroencephalography (EEG) recordings and stimulation to personalize the understanding of network behavior in the brain during a depressive state and its response to the DBS device.
External Company Press Release
First Supply of Consistent, Scalable, Human Muscle Cells for Research

First Supply of Consistent, Scalable, Human Muscle Cells for Research

Cell coding company bit.bio has launched a new product, ioSkeletal Myocytes. It's the first product of its kind that provides physiologically relevant human skeletal muscle cells that are reliable, reproducible and consistent at scale. Access to ioSkeletal Myocytes will supercharge research and drug discovery for musculoskeletal and metabolic conditions.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Apr 26, 2021
Next Generation of Swimming Living Robots can Self-Train

Next Generation of Swimming Living Robots can Self-Train

Researchers have achieved a breakthrough in the field of biological robots by developing new biobots based on muscle cells that can swim at unprecedented velocities.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Jan 10, 2022
Silk's Unique Properties Present Possibilities for Future Technologies

Silk's Unique Properties Present Possibilities for Future Technologies

Silk makes an important biomaterial, because it does not generate an immune response in humans and promotes the growth of cells. It has been used in drug delivery, and because the material is flexible and has favorable technological properties, it is ideal for wearable and implantable health monitoring sensors.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Dec 20, 2021
Soft Semiconductors that Stretch Like Human Skin

Soft Semiconductors that Stretch Like Human Skin

Semiconductors are moving away from rigid substrates, which are cut or formed into thin discs or wafers, to more flexible plastic material and even paper thanks to new material and fabrication discoveries. The trend toward more flexible substrates has led to fabrication of numerous devices, from light-emitting diodes to solar cells and transistors.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Dec 2, 2021
3D Printing to Grow Full-Thickness Skin in the Lab

3D Printing to Grow Full-Thickness Skin in the Lab

Skin is the body's first line of defence against toxins, radiation and harmful substances. It has at least six functions, regenerates itself approximately once each month, and consists of up to seven layers of tissue. It's no wonder, then, that researchers and clinicians are interested in producing this remarkable organ in the lab so that it can be used to repair injuries caused by burns, surgery or disease.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Jun 7, 2021
3D Printed Algae has Applications in Energy, Medicine, Fashion, Space

3D Printed Algae has Applications in Energy, Medicine, Fashion, Space

Researchers use 3D printing to create a novel, environmentally friendly material made of algae that has applications not only for energy and medicine, but also for fashion and space exploration. Living materials, which are made by housing biological cells within a nonliving matrix, have gained popularity in recent years as scientists recognize that often the most robust materials are those that mimic nature.
Global Biotechnology Insights
Apr 6, 2021
Ultrashort Peptides to a Long Way for Tissue Engineering

Ultrashort Peptides to a Long Way for Tissue Engineering

A printable hydrogel made of ultrashort peptides could help shape cells into viable tissues.
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