A small U-M nurtured company has come out of the gate strong, not only producing their new 3D cell culture technology but finding markets eager for their product.
"The company aims to solve a vexing problem in pharmaceutical research. Developers of new medicines need to test their experimental formulations on cell compounds grown in the lab. Generally this occurs in a flat two-dimensional Petri dish. Researchers would prefer three-dimensional cell cultures as more realistic.
But it has proven surprisingly tough to create a structure in which 3D cell cultures will hold their shape. One notion -- daubing cell cultures on a plate and then turning it over to let the cultures expand -- is prone to smearing the cultures together."
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