ARTIC focuses on commercialising a technology called Magnetic Artificial Cilia (MAC). Cilia are the vibrating hairs found in a number of places in our body, including the lungs. Here, the cilia take care of cleaning the lungs by moving mucus in the lungs. The magnetic, artificial cilia can be used for organs-on-chips or cell culture dishes, which can be used in drug research. A changing magnetic field can move these artificial cilia in a controlled manner.
Traditional systems used to grow cells cannot mimic the complex biology of the human being. These are therefore less suitable to replace laboratory animals in drug research. This wonderful technology enables better, more complex cell culture systems that can replace the use of laboratory animals.
ARTIC researchers: Jaap den Toonder, Hossein Eslami Amirabadi en Laure van der Sanden