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Wikswo, VIIBRE team on track to build third-generation ‘self-driving lab’ with $1M from NSF

Mar. 5, 2022—John Wikswo, founder and director of the Vanderbilt Institute for Integrative Biosystems Research and Education and Gordon A. Cain University Professor, is the principal investigator of a $1 million award from the National Science Foundation. The object is to build a pathbreaking “robot scientist”—a fully automated microfluidic system for parallel, independent, long-duration, machine-guided experiments. The...

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Vanderbilt researchers win an R&D100 Award for MultiWell MicroFormulator

Dec. 13, 2017—A team of Vanderbilt University scientists and engineers led by Professor John P. Wikswo has won an R&D 100 Award for their MultiWell MicroFormulator. The MultiWell MicroFormulator, developed at Vanderbilt and commercialized by CN Bio Innovations in the United Kingdom, provides customized real-time formulation, delivery and removal of cell culture media to each well of...

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Wikswo group tech licensed by UK company for organ-on-chip products

Oct. 18, 2017—A biotechnology company based in the United Kingdom has licensed three patents and applications from Vanderbilt University for its Organs-on-Chips products. CN Bio Innovations Ltd., a spinoff from Oxford University, secured a combination of exclusive and non-exclusive rights to microfluid technologies developed by Professor John Wikswo, Gordon A. Cain University and his group. Wikswo, a...

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New tissue-chip research to assess efficacy of novel epilepsy drugs

Sep. 22, 2017—An interdisciplinary team of Vanderbilt University researchers led by John Wikswo, A.B. Learned Professor of Living State Physics and Gordon A. Cain University Professor, has received a two-year, $2 million federal grant to develop an “organ-on-chip” model for two genetic forms of epilepsy. These disorders affect both brain and heart and improved modeling could lead to new...

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Significant progress toward creating “benchtop human” reported

Apr. 3, 2014—  (Los Alamos National Laboratory) Significant progress toward creating “homo minutus”–a benchtop human–was reported at the Society of Toxicology meeting on Mar. 26 in Phoenix. The advance–successful development and analysis of a liver human organ construct that responds to exposure to a toxic chemical much like a real liver- was described in a presentation by...

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Vanderbilt research targets chemical and biological weapon detection

Feb. 11, 2007—Vanderbilt University researchers, in conjunction with colleagues at several other institutions, are working on a project that promises significant improvement in the control of proteins for a number of uses, including the detection of chemical and biological weapons. Real-time control of the function of single proteins by detecting and changing their shapes is the object...

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