The three days of the first workshop organized by React4life, in which three young scientists from two different Italian Universities took part, are ending today. Through this workshop Giulia, Giorgio and Tiago had the opportunity to learn topics such as 3D culture and microfluidics; moreover, they were able to learn how to use the MIVO platform during the session in the lab, both in the Single flow and Double Flow versions. "The introduction of the workshops among the services of React4life was born to give the opportunity to PhD students [...]
Do you know the stereotype of the researcher? Here, Monica is the exact opposite: sparkling, sunny and full of interests: during the day she takes care of her cells in our laboratory in Vimodrone, in her free time she goes wild dancing Zumba and relaxes by gardening. She has just been the protagonist of our latest webinar "Fluid-dynamic multi-in vitro organ (MIVO®) applications for cancer cell plasticity" then repeated at the invitation to the Chemistry Department of the Sapienza University of Rome. Meet Monica, senior scientist and Reac4lifer! Monica, tell us about yourself, who are you and what do [...]
Cancer cell plasticity represents the basis for cancer progression. Let’s think about the ability of cancer cells to grow within different niches: these cells are so adaptable that are able to grow in their original tissue, as well as in metastatic sites, even if histologically very different. Similarly, they can adapt to adverse stimuli, such as the attack launched by the immune system, or the anticancer therapies. Cancer stem cells represent the most relevant example of cancer cell plasticity. Their phenotype can be shaped depending on the surrounding microenvironment and, from an experimental point of view, depending on the [...]
Our CEO, Maurizio Aiello will partecipate as speaker at the 2021 edition of the JRC Virtual Summer School on Non-animal Approaches in Science organised by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) and its EU Reference Laboratory for alternatives to animal testing (EURL ECVAM), while our Biomedical engineer Ilaria Pulsoni will partecipate as attendee. To further informations we invite you to visit the official page of European Commission here: https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en/event/conference/jrc-summer-school-non-animal-approaches-science-3
She has been with us for just over a year. She is head of internal and external communication of the company and the marketing activities. Today we present Giulia, our brand manager. Giulia, it seems like yesterday that we started working together but a year has already passed. We speak your language: can you tell us the “strengths and weaknesses” of your experience in React4life? Let's start with the weaknesses: joining a biotechnology company was not easy at the beginning, as it required a great cultural effort. Organ-on-chip, organoids, cell culture, In-vitro test, principle 3R were concepts almost unknown [...]
The development of new research methods for drug analysis represents one of the most significant aspects of drug development. However, this complicated process still faces some challenges from significant issues such as time consumption, low-throughput, poor reliability and standardization, high cost. The traditional 2D static culture in most cases do not predict the in vivo response as they cannot resemble properly the tissue physiological environment. Therefore, the need of combining the fluid physics along with three-dimensional cell compartmentalization has led to the development of novel in vitro system such as lab on chip and microphysiological systems (MPS) like MIVO®. [...]
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