From the 8th to the 17th of March we celebrated British Science Week 2019 (BSW19) - a 10-day celebration of STEM! It was a great opportunity for us to share the interesting developments in scientific research and the amazing ways it can benefit all of us!
Our first focus of BSW19 was bioprinting - a novel approach to building 3D cell culture models. It involves the printing of living cells within a bioink into a defined structure. The bioink mimics the physiological microenvironment of the embedded cells and supports their growth and function. There are multiple applications of bioprinting; from regenerative medicine and tissue engineering to in vitro testing platforms.
In our video, our CENSUS team are bioprinting induced pluripotent neural stem cells into 96-well plates, with the aim of building a reproducible 3D platform for the investigation of neurodegenerative diseases. Cool!
We then shared 'From Donor to Data - 6 Facts about Cell Culture' from our experienced laboratory team. You can read them here.
It’s always exciting to see scientific advances in the media, sharing the progress of great science with the general public and showing how advanced our science has become. The following article describes how a British biopharmaceutical company have commenced clinical trials aimed at genetically modifying a patient’s own immune cells to better target cancerous blood cells and minimise the risk of relapse. Read the article: Living Medicine Cancer Therapy Starts Clinical Trials.
And finally we showed you how a scientific career can develop in so many different ways by sharing how AvantiCell CSO, Dr Marie-Ann Ewart, came to lead the scientific advances of AvantiCell’s products and technologies.
We’ve really enjoyed sharing our passion for science, and hope you’ve enjoyed reading what we had to share. There are still events taking place all over the country, available to schools, adults and families. Check out this ScienceLive link to find out if there are events taking place near you.