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It has been our great pleasure to interview Iñaki Ochoa, head of the Research Group with which we collaborate to develop the latest technologies in Cell Culture.
It is a group specialized in oncology; that is, they perform treatments for cancer. The group is known for having developed the most advanced model in the world of glioblastoma; one of the most dangerous cancers.
Let´s see what he has to tell us!
microLIQUID: Problems encountered with conventional Cell Culture methods, and the solutions offered by Microfluidic Cell Culture:
Iñaki Ochoa: The conventional Cell Culture methods that are used today are based mainly on two-dimensional cultures performed on plastic plates. The cells are placed or “planted” at the bottom of these plates. To provide them with nutrients, a liquid, or culture medium, is added on top of them. This liquid provides the necessary nutrients. These plates require a gaseous connection to the outside in order to access the essential gases (such as oxygen) to maintain viable cells. As can easily be concluded, our body is not two-dimensional, nor do our cells live in isolatiom from each other. Under current culture conditions, the cells lack an environment similar to that of our body. Cells in the laboratory do not grow under three-dimensional conditions, they have an excess of essential elements (nutrients, oxygen, etc.) and, in addition, they lack interaction with other cell types for in vivo communication.
microLIQUID: Advantage of the Microfluidic Cell Culture: