Title: Engineering Integrated Multi-Tissue Platforms for Modeling Systemic Human Pathologies
3D CELL CULTURE SUMMIT MASTER SERIES
Bioengineered tissue platforms offer a new paradigm for modeling human pathophysiology and testing drug efficacy and safety. To model whole-body physiology and systemic diseases, we developed the biomimetic InterOrgan platform in which matured human tissues are connected in a way that allows maintaining distinct functionalities of different organs. Each tissue is cultured in its own optimized environment and integrated via recirculating vascular flow containing monocytes, by a matured and selectively permeable endothelial barrier. Tissues linked by vascular perfusion maintained their molecular, structural, and functional phenotypes over four weeks of culture, recapitulate multi-organ toxicity of doxorubicin and clinically relevant miRNA biomarkers, and show utility for immune-oncology applications.