India/United States- Indian institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) scientists have grown human brain tissues called ‘organoids’ with the help of a 3D Printed Bioreactor that they developed.
The objective was to observe the brain tissues while they grow and develop, a technology that can potentially accelerate medical and therapeutic discoveries like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
There is an open challenge in growing cells for long durations and studying them in real- time to gain a better understanding of the effects of medicine.
IIT Madras and MIT scientists came up with a novel solution, which let the cell grow uninterruptedly. In this invention, a 3D printed micro-incubator and imaging chamber was made into a single palm-sized platform, which was successfully demonstrated for long-term human brain cells culture and real-time imaging.