On 8th and 9th April, third year PGR researcher Pablo Martinez Pancorbo attended the Organ-on-a-Chip Learning & Collaborative Event. The event provides a valuable opportunity for network members from academia, healthcare, industry, and governance to take part in a range of talks, industry demonstrations, training sessions and network workshops. Pablo attended as a member of the network to meet possible future collaborators for testing his nanoparticles in their platforms and to explore future employment opportunities. The full event programme can be found here.
An organ-on-a-chip is an engineered system in which the architecture, functions and surrounding physiochemical environment of a living human organ are recreated, allowing drugs or therapies to be tested on an in vitro system which recapitulates the in vivo one. The development of organ-on-a-chip in vitro models has grown from a nascent idea in 2000 to one of the most promising, fastest growing research areas in the world, predicted to achieve a compound growth rate of 38-57% over the next 5 years to become a multi-billion pound industry.
For a taster of Pablo’s research, check out his elevator pitch