BIOGEL workshop @ LifeTec Group: Look back
introduction

The BIOGEL workshop at LifeTec Group started with an introduction to the company and into the LifeTec Group models by Linda Kock, which already gave a lot more insights especially for the students from academic institutions. 

BIOGEL workshop @ LifeTec Group: Look back - needs, wants and problems
"marketing: curse word or useful?"

This was followed by a very interactive presentation by Toine Nagel, who made us realize what marketing entails and how the approach by many is 'based on output' and that we should aim to identify the basic needs, wants and problems to then proceed to tackle the problem holistically.

lunch break:

An impression of the BIOGEL team, enjoying lunch at the LifeTec Group premises:

BIOGEL workshop @ LifeTec Group: Look back

the lab

In the afternoon we moved into the lab where Sjoerd van Tuijl started out to explain the anatomy of heart and the students dissected porcine hearts in groups of two. 

  • BIOGEL workshop @ LifeTec Group: Look back
    BIOGEL workshop @ LifeTec Group: Look back
    BIOGEL workshop @ LifeTec Group: Look back
  • BIOGEL workshop @ LifeTec Group: Look back
    BIOGEL workshop @ LifeTec Group: Look back
    BIOGEL workshop @ LifeTec Group: Look back
  • BIOGEL workshop @ LifeTec Group: Look back
    BIOGEL workshop @ LifeTec Group: Look back
    BIOGEL workshop @ LifeTec Group: Look back
  • BIOGEL workshop @ LifeTec Group: Look back
    BIOGEL workshop @ LifeTec Group: Look back
    BIOGEL workshop @ LifeTec Group: Look back

eager to explore

It was very interesting how this demonstration triggered fascination in some, who were eager to explore every part of the tissue, but also lead to unease at the sight of tissue in others.

Everybody further got an introduction into the Cardiac Biosimulator and then they were able to work in groups on isolating Osteochondral plugs from porcine knees and cleaning and mounting carotid arteries into the Vascular Bioreactor platform, where also a balloon inflation procedure was demonstrated. Finally they got to see and feel how a porcine liver is constructed. 

BIOGEL workshop @ LifeTec Group: Look back
interview

Name: Daria Kotlarek

Age: 27

Nationality: Polish

Education: BSc and MSc study in Biotechnology at Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Poland

Why did you sign for the BIOGEL project?

BIOGEL project is an excellent platform for both: professional and personal development.

What is your aim in the project?

New concepts of optical biosensors combined with hydrogel materials for medical diagnostics.

What did you experience which will remember about/of the workshop at LTG?

I met a team of enthusiastic professionals who work to bridge a gap between in vitro and in vivo testing to accelerate development of new biomaterials along the rule of 3Rs.

inspired

Some of the students were clearly inspired and only regretted that they have not had this workshop earlier in the project, as they would have liked to specifically design hydrogels for some of the platforms demonstrated.

Overall I feel that it was a successful day and it gave the students ideas on what can be possible in terms of testing without using animal models. This transpired later on as the workshop continued in Aachen and we worked out research cases, deciding whether they should be investigated in vivo or ex vivo.

-Melanie Krüger-

 

Read more about BIOGEL on this website:

Head of Research

Linda Kock

Senior Research Engineer

Sjoerd van Tuijl

R&D Engineer

Noemi Vanerio

Biochemical Engineer

Melanie Krüger

Marketing & Communications

Toine Nagel

Office Manager

Janneke Cuijpers

R&D engineer

Dave Wanders

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 642687

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