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The European Molecular Biology Laboratory acquires the Ingeniatrics’ Cellena® bio-encapsulation device

Since last October, the technology of Ingeniatrics, can be found at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory.

EMBL is an intergovernmental organisation, with 21 member states, which specialises in basic research in life sciences and which has celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2014. The activities of EMBL are, among others, the carrying out of basic research in molecular biology and the education and training of scientists, students and visitors at all levels. The laboratory also sponsors an active programme for science and society. Many scientific milestones have been achieved in EMBL, especially the first systematic genetic analysis of embryonic development in the fruit fly by Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard and Eric Wieschaus, who were awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1995.

Cellena® is a biotechnological device, especially designed for biotechnological research, capable of encapsulating compounds of high molecular weight, microorganisms and cells in uniformly-sized particles, which are predictable and controllable. The portable device is developed by Ingeniatrics and based on the Flow Focusing® technology protected by international patents. This technology allows the uniform encapsulation of molecules, cells and organisms under sterile conditions and with a predetermined particle size for each specific application.

The immobilisation of cells over a semipermeable membrane is possible thanks to this easy-to-use and lightweight equipment which provides protection against mechanical stress, immune responses and other mechanisms, at the same time allowing the bidirectional flow of nutrients, oxygen and secreted products.

Cellena® allows for the uniform encapsulation of cells (bacteria, yeasts or mammal cells) under sterile conditions giving rise to micrometrical capsules which do not compromise the cellular viability. Controlling the variables of the process is done via a control panel located on the front of the machine, which makes the work and the research optimal for results.

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