We make your cell cultures more ALIVE
Our solution is a simple in vitro culture system that mimics key in vivo conditions
Our mission is to provide equipment for the study of cells in physiologically relevant conditions. We aim to have this equipment successfully used by a diverse group of researchers.
In Drug Development
Our mission is to impact human health by improving candidate drug selection, reducing animal testing, and increasing clinical trial success rates.
Single use components. No pumps or tubing. No special training required.
Continuous unidirectional flow at controlled rates.
2D, 3D, and co-culture cell cultures. High content imaging compatible.
The VitroFlo Approach
The VitroFlo system is comprised of a microfluidic cell culture plate and a rocker mechanism. Variations in the culture plate channel geometry, membrane porosity, and channel spacing support a variety of models and cell types. The programmable rocker mechanism can achieve a variety of media flow conditions and fluid shear rates.
VitroFlo Culture Plate
The VitroFlo patent-pending culture plate contains paired media reservoirs connected by one or more microfluidic channels to create a recirculating flow cell. The culture plates are compatible with manual and automated liquid handling and imaging systems.
Media Circulation with VitroFlo
Rocking the VitroFlo plate creates flow in one direction through the microfluidic cell culture channels and flow in the other direction through bypass channels. The results are controlled, near-continuous unidirectional flow and shear rates for cultured cells. This delivers nutrients, removes waste, and stimulates cells.
The VitroFlo plate has a second microfluidic channel that is separated from the flow channel by a thin porous membrane. This channel can be used to culture a second cell type or monitor transport across the cells lining the upper channel. By combining two cell culture channels with a variety of fluidic conditions, the VitroFlo system can be used for a wide range of applications. We are proud of the work being done by our users and we are actively looking for new partners.
Unidirectional laminar fluid flows through a 2mm wide microfluidic channel. Fluid shear rates of up to 11 dynes/cm2.
An upper and a lower channel separated by a thin porous membrane. Cells can be cultured on both sides of the membrane and accessed from separate ports.
The lower channel can consist of a hydrogel with a suspension of cells. Controlled flow occurs at the upper channel.
“I have been working with the team since the beginning of the VitroFlo project. The VitroFlo system is enhancing my research on endothelial barrier function and flow-induced shear responses. The current beta product is unlike any other product on the market and I am confident it will propel my research to new levels.”