Most in vitro, well-plate biological experiments require a media change every day or two, with cyclic variations in nutrient and metabolite concentrations leading to physiologically unrealistic gene expression and metabolism. Typical step-changes in drug concentrations do not reflect in vivo pharmacokinetic (PK) exposure profiles, which can lead to inaccurate ranking of oncological drug effectiveness.
State-of-the-art microfluidic pumps and valves enable the creation of Multi-Well Microformulators that impose on each well a different physiological PK profile, circadian rhythm, or temporal changes of growth factors and signalling molecules. This technology enables dynamic exposure response studies, optimization of stem-cell differentiation, and thousand-channel microchemostats.
Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Molecular Physiology & Biophysics, and Physics
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