IVTECH

Proposer

Tommaso Sbrana

 

Other members

GIORGIO MATTEI, SERENA GIUSTI, ARTI AHLUWALIA

Reference area
 
Center North
Scope
 
Website
 

Business Idea

IV Tech offers products that allow users to combine the most important signals in the physiological environment to create more accurate in-vitro models. The products are reusable and made to facilitate real-time monitoring with an optical microscope. They are aimed at universities, the R&D centres of pharmaceutical and cosmetic companies, and firms that want to test their new nutraceutical products. The current range of products (for which the startup offers classroom training, workshops and e-learning) features a silicon bioreactor (single flow) for the cultivation of 2D or 3D cells and a modular and transparent (double flow) bioreactor in which cells can be injected through a membrane that replicates human physiological barriers (e.g. the skin, intestine or lung). Product innovation includes among other things: ease-of-use; the wet volume of each chamber mimics that of a "24-multiwell plate" allowing the biologist to use established protocols with traditional cell culture equipment without the need for rescaling; the products are modular and system connectivity allows the creation of multiple in-vitro organ models to help study the "cross-talk" between different tissues or organs; the products are reusable up to five times if autoclaved and are versatile, allowing the user to study different cell tissues or organs; they are also designed to adapt to all readers to facilitate the transition from traditional to new cell culture devices and, finally, enable real-time monitoring of cellular cultures both with optical and confocal microscopes.

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