30 Jun Spicy Spotlight | Emulate, Inc
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The Medical Start-Up That Has Everyone Talking:Boston and Cambridge are the places to be for medical technology and development. That’s why we’re not surprised that yet another fantastic start-up from our area is on track to change the field forever. Founded in 2013, Emulate is a company that uses Organ-on-Chip technology to best simulate a living human body. Rather than use cells in a culture, which lack precision and control, or animal testing, which varies from humans and has ethical obstacles, Organs-on-Chips are able to replicate the human environment along with all the outside forces that affect it. Emulate has already developed lung, liver, intestine, and skin Organ-Chips, and they are working on equivalents for the kidneys, heart, brain, and more.
Image Courtesy of emulatebio.comThe Organ-Chips, micro-engineered from transparent polymers, contain thin, flowing pathways that are lined with real human cells. The chip’s design is part of how Emulate replicates the body so well. The flowing pathways imitate blood flow, and the flexible chip can duplicate dynamic processes like peristalsis, the constriction and relaxation of intestinal muscles to move materials through the digestive system. The Organ-Chips can also simulate the extracellular matrix (what lies around the cell in your body), tissue-on-tissue contact points, mechanical forces like breathing, immune cells and blood components, and the biochemical surroundings of tissues. No other testing method can reproduce all of these aspects like Emulate’s chips can, which is why this Cambridge-based company really is at the forefront of their field.
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