Posts Tagged ‘bioreactors’

Right Turn: Colour your way to better health with regenerative medicine

Author: Laine Jaremey, 06/09/17

You may have heard of the adult colouring trend. In recent years, people have been reigniting their childhood passion of using markers, crayons and pencil crayons to “stay within the lines” while bringing colouring books and sheets to life. In response to this trend, a new industry of adult-oriented colouring books has emerged. These images…Read more

Enabling technologies are helping regenerative medicine to succeed

Author: Stacey Johnson, 04/11/17

Earlier this year, the University of Toronto’s Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering (IBBME) published its Annual Report, chock full of impressive numbers about enrolment, new programs and research published by its esteemed faculty. (If you’re curious, you can read it for yourself.) In response, I summarized the regenerative medicine research here. But I only…Read more

Cells…in a box

Author: Guest, 02/13/17

Heather Blumenthal has been writing about health and health research for more than 20 years and never loses her fascination with the advances Canadian researchers are making. You can reach her at It’s like magic – insert a cancer patient’s blood cells in one end and out the other end come T-cells adapted for…Read more

RoosterBio: Helping researchers scale up cells for patient delivery

Author: Guest, 02/02/16

John Farrell is a science and technology blogger for Forbes online. John was invited to cover proceedings at the 2015 Till & McCulloch Meetings and this is his third and final report. This blog also appears on Forbes and is reprinted here with permission. One of the most time consuming and expensive steps in the whole stem cell and…Read more

Cracking the code of pancreatic development: beta cells from iPS cells

Author: Mark Curtis, 04/28/15

. After several years of intense systematic research, and toiling with a differentiation protocol, Dr. Doug Melton, and his lab at Harvard University, finally decoded the sequence of genes that needs to be activated to yield mature, insulin-producing beta cells in vitro. While a few investigators have managed to get in the vicinity and generate…Read more

Travelling to another dimension: going from 2D to 3D cell culture

Author: James Smith, 01/26/15

With contributions from David Brindley . Cell-based treatments are being developed and marketed for a variety of indications: from rare orphan diseases like graft versus host disease (GvHD), to blockbuster conditions like diabetes and cardiovascular disease that affect huge numbers of people. For these conditions, assuming that the treatment is effective, generating adequate quantities of…Read more

Cell Therapy Commercialization: A View from Lonza on Bioreactors

Author: Mark Curtis, 11/10/14

. I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Eytan Abraham over lunch on the first day of the Till & McCulloch Meetings, held last month in Ottawa (October 27-29). After some discussion about cell therapy manufacturing, I learned that he is the new Head of Research and Technology at Lonza, based out of Walkersville, Maryland….Read more