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Latest technology to cryo-preserve organs for future use

21-Apr-2021

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Chilling and re-warming organs, it turns out, is really, really hard.

The Organ Preservation Alliance (OPA) prompted a roadmap for organ cryopreservation.

Fund to support University of Minnesota and Massachusetts General Hospital.

"OPA’s Biostasis Research Institute will fund the centers in installments for US $3.3 million," - Jedd Lewis, CEO of OPA.

Storage of neonatal organs, brain tissue, and extending the storage time of kidneys.

Cooling tissues and organs by infusing cryoprotective solutions and iron oxide nanoparticles coated with silica.

After rapid cooling to a very low temperature, the organ or tissue is stored.

A radiofrequency field activates nanoparticles, heating the cryopreserved tissue rapidly and uniformly.

Cryoprotective agents and nanoparticles can be removed prior to transplant or other biomedical use.

"Fauna ark could be put on the far side of the moon.. and it’ll be as stable as one could possibly imagine," - John Bischof, Biomedical engineer.

Beyond organs, researchers found a way to restore ecosystem and possibly a fauna ark on the moon

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Company Representative

Chief executive officer at Humanity bio, Organ Preservation Alliance

Academic

Professor at University of Minnesota

Company

Non-profit organization based in California

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Public Research university.