The Academy of Finland has chosen 12 new Centres of Excellence for the years 2018–2025. The Centre of Excellence in Body-on-Chip Research at BioMediTech was one of them.
The Centre of Excellence in Body-on-Chip Research is coordinated by Tampere University of Technology (TUT) and located at BioMediTech, which is a joint institute operated in collaboration by TUT and University of Tampere. Professor Minna Kellomäki, Dean of the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences and Engineering at TUT and head of the CoE, rejoices about the consortium’s new status as a Centre of Excellence.
“This is our first time as a Centre of Excellence, even though we have a conducted research together for over ten years. Our new funding and status allow us to continue the work we started in the Tekes-funded Human Spare Parts project and to open up new venues of research”, Kellomäki says.
The new Centre of Excellence brings together expertise from biology and technology. Its goal is to create a new type of body-on-chip concept where cell cultures, blood vessels, and nerves are utilised to create networks of several cell or tissue cultures based on stem cells. A computerised nervous system measures, analyses, and controls the network system.
Read more on TUT website.