On this episode we’ll meet Dr. Daniel Levner, co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at Emulate, a company commercializing technology to remake human biology from the ground up using small rubbery microfluidic chips.
Forged in a multi-year partnership between DARPA and Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Emulate develops organ chips for the lung, intestine, liver, kidney, and even the brain. Slotting in between cell culture dishes, organoids, and animal models, this burgeoning area is one in which startups must marry high design and fundamentally challenging biomedical engineering to recapitulate a human being on a chip reproducibly, at scale, and under budget. Their challenge, to simultaneously accelerate and improve outcomes while reducing costs in drug development, is immense. In response, Emulate’s organ chips are elegantly engineered works of art that could enable scientists to move beyond the dish and blur the lines between in vitro and in vivo.
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Dr. Levner’s Bio
Emulate’s just announced $82 Million Series E
“Reconstituting Organ-Level Lung Functions on a Chip” (Huh et al 2010)
Additional Emulate Publications
Axial’s Joshua Elkington recently published a primer on Emulate
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