THE OBJECTIVE OF THIS PHASE I PROJECT IS TO DEMONSTRATE THE FEASIBILITY OF A NOVEL APPROACH TO CULTURING CELLS IN ORDER TO PRECISELY DETERMINE THEIR RESPONSE TO ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGES.

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$46,976.00
Award Year:
1985
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
3209
Agency Tracking Number:
3209
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Etna Road, Hanover, NH, 03755
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
PHILIP G. PHILLIPS AND SU
PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
(603) 448-4447
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
THE OBJECTIVE OF THIS PHASE I PROJECT IS TO DEMONSTRATE THE FEASIBILITY OF A NOVEL APPROACH TO CULTURING CELLS IN ORDER TO PRECISELY DETERMINE THEIR RESPONSE TO ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGES. THIS APPROACH WILL ALLOW FOR RAPID OPTIMIZATION OF CULTURE CONDITIONS SO THAT EXPRESSION OF A DESIRED BIOCHEMICAL CAN BE MAXIMIZED. IN CONTRAST TO CHEMOSTAT CULTURE WHERE OUR EXPERIENCE HAS DEMONSTRATED THAT 1020 DAYS ARE REQUIRED IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE A NEW STEADY STATE AFTER CULTURE CONDITIONS ARE PERTURBED, THIS NEW APPROACH WILL ALLOW NEW STEADY STATES TO BE ACHIEVED IN A MATTER OF HOURS. THE ADVANTAGE OF GREATLY REDUCED TIME CONSTANTS WHEN EXAMINING MULTIVARIABLE SITUATIONS SUCH AS CELL CULTURE SYSTEMS ARE GREAT. IN FACT, WITHOUT THIS IMPROVEMENT, THOROUGH EXPLORATION OF CELL CULTURE KINETICS IS IMPOSSIBLE. THE CENTRAL COMPONENT OF THIS APPROACH IS THE CENTRICELL, AN INTEGRATED SYSTEM FOR THE CULTURE OF CELLS, WHICH HAS BEEN INVENTED BY VERAX PERSONNEL. THE THEORY BEHIND THE SYSTEM IS THAT CENTRIFUGAL FORCE IS USED IN BALANCE WITH A COUNTER MEDIUM FLUX DRAG FORCE IN ORDER TO FLUIDIZE A SLURRY OF CELLS. THE APPARATUS DESIGN PERMITS QUICK CHANGES IN THE CELLS' ENVIRONMENT. CONSEQUENT ALTERATIONS OF THE CELLS' PHYSIOLOGY CAN BE OBSERVED WITH EXISTING ASSAY METHODS. USE OF THE CENTRICELL IN VERAX'S CONTINUING RESEARCH PROGRAM PROMISES TO

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