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MBG wins an Innovate UK Knowledge Transfer Partnership Grant

We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded an Innovate UK grant to launch a partnership with Dr Armando del Rio Hernandez, from the Department of Bioengineering Imperial College London, to use our PeptiGel® platform [link to www.manchesterbiogel.com/peptigels] to develop organ-like matrices for studies and tools to observe hard-to-see cellular processes.

Dr Armando del Rio Hernandez has created a unique platform of biophysical tools to study how mechanical cues are transduced into chemical signals in health and in cancer. Our CEO, Aline Miller, said “We are thrilled to partner with Armando and his group and apply our PeptiGels® for use as a platform for cell biology studies”. Excitingly, we will be capitilising on our ability to tailor our peptide hydrogel properties to mimic the mechanical and chemical environment of both healthy and cancer tissue. We will explore independently the influence of each on cell activation, survival and growth and investigate details mechanotransduction on signalling pathways.

Dr del Rio Hernandez said: “This partnership will allow us to join our technologies to observe cellular events that are not currently ‘visible’. Learning about these cellular processes should provide fundamental knowledge for the development of new therapies. Moreover, the proposed outcomes of this partnership will create a unique platform for 3D cell biology studies.”

Please get in touch with Aline (a.miller@manchesterbiogel.com) if you would like to find out more about our open collaborative and partnering opportunities, or simply like to ask how we can tailor the properties of our hydrogel to suit your cells’ need.

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