Dr Robert Szafran from the Wrocław University of Science and Technology has developed a biochip for breeding vascularized tissues. The invention may revolutionize the procedure of admitting new medicines to the market, speeding it up and lowering its cost.
The heart of the chip is a breeding chamber whose structure has been cut in a hair thin layer of polymer. It is here that non-living matter connects in a programmed way with cells in artificial tissue. Thanks to the technology, it is now possible to obtain a flow structure which allows to grow whole tissue models on the plate. It allows to “check” the medicine outside the patient’s body, but on his own biological material.
– Tissue models on the chip are new. They can be widely used e.g. at various stages of preclinical testing of drugs or in personalized medicine, especially in immunological therapies of cancer – says Dr Szafran.