Microfluidic device lets the drop beat

A Lab on a Chip article highlighted in Chemistry World by Christopher Barnard

Scientists in Switzerland have incorporated pulsing human heart tissue into a microfluidic device to make a miniscule model of a living system that could be used to test new drugs.

The hanging drops are connected through 200μm-wide channels

‘This is one of the most interesting recent developments in the field of microfluidic systems,’ comments Wouter van der Wijngaart, who heads up the research into micro- and nanofluidic systems at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden. ‘This type of system has the potential to become the de facto workhorse in the field of 3D microtissue culturing.’

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Adding the ‘heart’ to hanging drop networks for microphysiological multi-tissue experiments*
Saeed Rismani Yazdi, Amir Shadmani, Sebastian C. Bürgel, Patrick M. Misun, Andreas Hierlemann and Olivier Frey
Lab Chip, 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5LC01000D

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