Science Firm Alliance for Cell Culture Expansion; LIFE SCIENCES

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Byline: COREENA FORD coreena.ford@ncjmedia.co.uk

CELL culture firm Reinnervate has teamed up with a leading stem cell company to further develop its revolutionary products.

The Sedgefield life sciences company has entering into a collaboration with leading stem cell company Roslin Cellab to develop 3D stem cell printing products and services using its Alvetex technology.

Professor Stefan Przyborski established Reinnervate in 2002, to develop new products to improve research into cell development, disease modelling and drug safety screening. His company manufactures a scaffold called Alvetex - a breakthrough 3D cell structure that mimics the normal growth and formation of tissues in the body, allowing cells to be grown in three dimensions rather than flat sheets, and the product was named as one of the top 10 life science innovations of 2010 by The Scientist magazine.

Alvetex is a polystyrene material is available in a 12-well culture plate format, as well as six and 12-well inserts and a deep petri dish. It has been tested with cell types including liver, skin, cancer and stem cells.

Prof Przyborski discovered and refined the technique of 3D cell culture to try to improve pharmaceutical research across the globe, by making experiments easier and cheaper to do.

Commercial interest in the bioscience tools the firm has developed rapidly since the 3D cell culture's discovery. …