In partnership with the Institute of Cellular Medicine at Newcastle University, experts in Loughborough University’s Centre for Biological Engineering have developed a novel technology that will significantly improve the delivery of donated pancreatic islets.
The Pancreatic Islet System is intended to provide optimal storage of and transportation conditions for donated cells as well as automated delivery.
Its design ensures constant monitoring and control of the key factors affecting tissue health, including temperature regulation and a steady supply of oxygen and circulating media.
This means that a higher quantity and quality of islets are likely to arrive at theatre and be transplanted.
A platform technology, the system has been developed to deliver donor tissue, but is compatible with emerging technologies – including autologous treatments, bio-printed islets and other organoids.