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Top 10 Innovation for 2009 Announced
February 1, 2010

Technology invented at the University of Virginia’s (U.Va.) School of Medicine was named one of the 10 most exciting tools to hit the life sciences in 2009 by The Scientist magazine. The technology, called BioLevitator, is an automated single-unit incubator and centrifuge and one of the first 3-D cell culture systems. It allows researchers to grow more cells in less time than two-dimensional systems and is closer to a natural in vivo environment. Through its efficiency, it also reduces the use of harsh chemicals and lab ware, making it safer for the environment than other systems.

BioLevitator was developed with support from U.Va.‘s biomedical engineering student internship program and launched from the Darden School of Business Batten Business Incubator.

The cell culture system was invented by U.Va. pathology professors Robin A. Felder and John Gildea, and was commercialized following incubation in the Darden Business School and mentorship in the T100 Alumni Mentoring Program, under the direction of the Office of the Vice President for Research.

The technology, the centerpiece of Charlottesville-based company, Global Cell Solutions, is currently being sold around the world for use in a wide variety of applications, including stem cell research.

“Many of the needs for culturing a variety of cell types and performing complex drug discovery analysis have been met by this U.Va. invention,” said Uday Gupta, president and CEO of Global Cell Solutions and a 2004 graduate of the Darden School. “The market response confirms this honor and we are very excited about the future.”

Aimed at a growing market for improved methods to grow stem cells and research cells, the technology already has demonstrated remarkable improvements in cell growth and in vivo- like qualities.


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