Reducing cell culture media cost


Dr. Burridge is exploring a process to optimize chemically-defined media protocols around the generation, long-term culture, and scalable differentiation of non-genetically modified porcine and bovine induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs).


TECHNOLOGY SECTOR:  Cell culture media

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Project aims

This project will work to develop low-cost induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) culture and differentiation media. The outcomes will help optimize protocols for bovine and porcine iPSC proliferation and differentiation. This work will also develop skeletal muscle maturation protocols to improve the organoleptic properties of these cells and adapt the differentiation protocol to larger bioreactors. As a result, it will improve the quality and reduce the costs of iPSC culture and differentiation media.

Principal researcher

Dr. Paul burridge, assistant professor, northwestern university, usa

Dr. Paul Burridge

Assistant professor, Northwestern University, USA

Dr. Burridge has experience developing differentiation protocols for biomedical research. His expertise is in using induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) in pharmacogenomics (precision medicine), cardio-oncology, cardiovascular disease modeling, cultivated meat, regenerative medicine, and cancer.

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Commercialization of Dr. Burridge’s stem cell culture media

Dr. Burridge and an industry startup, Defined Bioscience, are actively working to commercialize a fully-defined, optimized culture medium for human stem cells. Given this, we are confident in Dr. Burridge and his Northwestern University lab’s ability to do the same for utilizing animal stem cells for cultivated meat.

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