Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Scientists develop Russia's first automated cell incubator

A team of scientists at the Sverdlovsk Institute of Medical Cell Technologies have invented Russia's first automated cell incubator stations.

After years of work and a total investment of $1.14 million, the institute's new cell incubators are able to grow cells around-the-clock in its 90 containers, according to Oblastnaya Gazeta.

Prior to the development of the automated incubator, biologists and cellular researchers were limited in the amount of stem cell research they could conduct in their laboratories. As a result, very few Russian laws were drafted to regulate transplants of laboratory-grown human tissue and organs.

"We plan to use the station robot cell culture for growing fibroblasts," Medical Cell Technologies researcher Fedor Fadeev said, according to Oblastnaya Gazeta. "At the station, a constant 37 degrees celsius, sterility and five percent carbon dioxide...allows you to complete[ly] eliminate human errors when growing cells."

Opened in 2005, the Sverdlovsk Institute of Medical Cell Technologies now employs 800 scientists in its laboratories, many of which worked to develop the automated cell incubators.

Now, the institute is working to push its human stem cell treatment trials through the regulatory process in hopes of treating stroke patients and those suffering from skin injuries, Oblastnaya Gazeta reports.