30 Mar BRTI Life Sciences Awarded MN Innovation Voucher
TWO HARBORS, MN – (March 25, 2015) – BRTI Life Sciences has been awarded a Minnesota Innovation Voucher to support expansion of Cell-Mate3D™ applications. Cell-Mate3D is a tissue-like matrix technology that creates a more realistic environment for cells used in stem cell and cancer research. The funds will be used to purchase technical assistance from the University of Minnesota Imaging Centers (UIC) and will help fund the investigation and quantification of live/dead staining and cellular metabolism within the Cell-Mate3D matrix technology. Resulting protocols and data will be posted on BRTI Life Sciences’ website, increasing the utility of the product to customers and enabling them to perform new and innovative cancer and stem cell research.
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Beth Lindborg, Director of Research and Marketing at BRTI Life Sciences commented: “This voucher program, combined with the resources offered by the UIC – including knowledgeable staff and powerful imaging tools will accelerate our product development helping to give BRTI a competitive advantage in the 3D cell culture space.”
“The University Imaging Centers is enthusiastic to add BRTI Life Sciences to the list of company collaborators that have access to our state-of-the-art equipment and staff at the University of Minnesota. Our ongoing support from the Office of Vice-President for Research, the Academic Health Centers/Medical School and the College of Biological Sciences has allowed us to successfully and collaboratively work towards pushing forward BRTI’s efforts to solve broad-reaching biological challenges” said Dr. Mark Sanders, director of the University Imaging Centers at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus.
About BRTI Life Sciences
Bioactive Regenerative Therapeutics, Inc. (dba: BRTI Life Sciences) offers biomedical researchers defined, tissue-like, and injectable 3D cell culture matrices free of crosslinking agents. Our biomimetic matrix technologies create an ideal cell microenvironment for applications in tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, disease modeling, and cancer research. We are continually inspired by our customer’s ideas, discoveries, and dedication and are committed to offering high quality and easy to use solutions to help scientists succeed. To learn more, visit: www.BRTILifeSciences.com
About the University of Minnesota Imaging Centers
The University Imaging Centers (UIC) compose a network of core imaging facility locations for advanced optical imaging and basic electron microscopy located within the AHC/Medical School and College of Biological on the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Campus. The UIC is also a Nikon Center of Excellence.
The UIC cores serve internal and external research clients in the design of imaging experiments, choice of and training on suitable imaging systems, and subsequent image processing, visualization and analysis. The UIC provides more than two dozen advanced imaging systems including: N-SIM super resolution microscopy; macro spectral confocal microscopy; wide-field light and fluorescence microscopy; spinning disk confocal; four (4) laser-scanning confocal microscopes; two multi-photon/Second Harmonic Generation microscopes; total internal reflectance microscope (TIRF); laser capture micro-dissection; several live cell imaging systems; scanning and transmission electron microscopy; whole animal fluorescence, bioluminescence, chemiluminescence and X-ray imagers; gel, print and film scanners; poster printers; full sample preparation capabilities; along with 4 full-time and 4 part-time experienced staff members. To learn more, visit: uic.umn.edu
About the Minnesota Innovation Voucher Program
This pilot program provides up to $25,000 in financing to help small businesses purchase technical assistance and services necessary to advance research, development or commercialization of new or innovative products and services. Qualifying companies receive vouchers, which can be redeemed with approved public universities, colleges, technical schools and nonprofits in Minnesota. To learn more, visit: http://mn.gov/deed/business/financing-business/deed-programs/innovation-voucher.jsp