We are pleased to congratulate our client, Plasticell, for winning a prestigious R&D 100 Award for its Combicult™v2.0 system. Now in its 49th year, the R&D 100 Awards, also known as the “Oscars of Innovation,” recognizes the 100 most technologically significant products of the year.
The CombiCult™ platform is a high-throughput combinatorial screening technology that allows scientists to discover optimal stem cell differentiation protocols in record time, revolutionizing stem cell research and opening new avenues of discovery. The introduction of CombiCult™ marked one of the most significant advancements in stem cell R&D as it targets a critical bottleneck in any stem cell research programme – developing protocols that optimally direct stem cells to develop into a differentiated cell type of choice. The terminally differentiated cells have numerous applications in biomedical research and regenerative medicine.
Tony Maschio and John Lloyd (Southampton) have been assisting Plasticell with the protection of their intellectual property rights since the company was founded in 2002. The company specialises in high throughput technologies for directed stem cell differentiation and has been building a patent portfolio to protect this innovative technology. Plasticell has recently won the prestigious R&D 100 Award for its CombiCult™v2.0 system.
Innovations in the second generation platform, CombiCult™ 2.0, include a streamlined workflow with specially developed laboratory consumables and automation and powerful proprietary bioinformatics software that result in marked improvements in speed and reliability compared to the first generation platform. CombiCult™ has been deployed successfully internally and by customers on a variety of adult and embryonic stem cells, to generate a wide range of tissue types including blood, neuron, bone, cartilage, liver and heart.
Previous winners of the R&D 100 Awards include numerous household names with notable inventions, including the artificial kidney (1970), the ATM (1973), the halogen lamp (1974), the fax machine (1975), liposome encapsulated drugs (1976), the LCD (1980), advanced wind turbine blades (1991), the nicotine patch (1992), Taxol anticancer drug (1993), HDTV (1998), clean diesel technology (1999) and Corning’s optical fiber (2008).