Researchers and professionals from the Academic and industrial world have created the first Italian Association in the field of organ-on-chips. React4Life, our main exploitation partner, is one of the founding members of the Italian Society of Organ-on-Chip.
Founded with scientific, cultural, informative and social purposes, the SIOoC (Società Italiana Organ-on-Chip) is aimed at promoting and coordinating studies and research on organ-on-chip.
It meets the need of a single national reference to foster contact between the world of scientific and industrial research, expanding the knowledge of organ-on-chips and their applications in civil society.
Alternative methods represent an emerging field that is already impacting fundamental biology as well as drug development. The Italian Organ-on-Chip Society (SIOoC) aims to establish a multidisciplinary, open container with the final goal of advancing knowledge and promoting awareness, scientific discussion, and collaboration on organ-on-chip technology both in academia and society.
SIOoC brings together scientists from 11 different top Italian institutions and SMEs with expertise encompassing biology, engineering, physics, mathematics, technology transfer and regulatory aspects, among them our partner React4Life.
“I am convinced that the establishment of this association represents an essential step to align Italy with other Countries. Organ-on-chip is a theme of great international interest both in the academic and industrial field, especially for its impact on patients’s health: thanks to these innovative technologies, personalized therapies can be tested, and better and safer drugs will be available.” says Maurizio Aiello, CEO and Co-founder at React4life.
SIOoC can rely on the International relevance of its scientists, and within the activities that the association will implement, there will be the coordination with similar Institutions abroad to organize meetings, congresses and training courses, as well as the periodic publication of articles and books that help the understanding and dissemination of these technologies.Italian Society of Organ-on-Chip
Our project coordinator Silvia Scaglione contributed to the organization of the 1st Microphysiological Systems World Summit, organized by the Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT) and EUROoCS, with the assistance of more than forty organizations all around the World.
Microphysiological systems (MPS) comprise a number of bioengineering breakthroughs that reproduce organ architecture and function in vitro. Fueled by stem-cell technologies, a broad variety of human models and test systems have emerged, making relevant experimental tools broadly available through international and multidisciplinary collaborations.
Conference series is a key tool for forming a community and accelerating scientific developments, their implementation and global harmonization. They provide an overview of the state-of-the-art in such dynamic and diverse fields, enabling transfer learning. Opinion leaders identified a global conference on MPS in the field as a key step forward in the maturation and harmonization of the area.
40+ international organizations and companies, among them also our partner React4Life, have teamed up for this proposal to initiate a series of annual MPS World Summits to present the latest scientific achievements, discuss the advances and challenges, and enable communication between young and newly interested scientists and pioneers of the MPS field.
Global attendees were attracted to the New Orleans inaugural conference in May-June 2022, which also laid the groundwork for an MPS technology roadmap. The conference succeeded in improving stakeholder dialogue and offering networking opportunities for young scientists, researchers, and industry leaders in the MPS sector. We are looking forward to the next edition!
Udine, Italy – 20-21 June 2019. Our first year project meeting was hosted in Udine by IN srl. The meeting was filled with many fruitful discussions to revise the work done and set the steps for the next months.
Bucharest, Romania – June 19-21, 2019. In, together with CITC and CNR, was invited to organize a booth at the exhibition for the Innovative Enterprise Week, an event co-organized by the DG Connect. We brought more recent prototypes of the B2B device and engaged with a lively audience of innovators & policymakers.
Rotterdam, The Netherlands. June 12-14, 2019. Our project coordinator Silvia Scaglione gave a presentation on the B2B research activity on advanced 3D in vitro tumor models.
Athens, Greece – June 6-10, 2019. Our partner BIOEMTECH attended the 8th National Conference on Biomedical Engineering, introducing their imaging work in the framework of B2B project with a poster.
London, GB – June 6, 2019 – React4life was invited to the Startup Grind Europe Conference, to join the first round of the Startup Program for the Startup Exhibition in Europe. After a deep selection, R4L was chosen with around other 100 startups coming from Europe, Middle East and all over the world, where just 5 Italian startups were selected. Great job R4L!
Rhodes, Greece- May 26-31, 2019. Alessandra Marella from CNR attended TERMIS (Tissue Engineering and Regenerative medicine) conference and gave a presentation on the hydrogel-based 3D tumor models developed within the B2B project.
Barcelona, Spain – May 22-24, 2019. Alessandra Marella from CNR presented the B2B research activity with a particular focus on functionalized 3D biomaterials and their Tissue Engineering applications.
Brussels, Belgium – 3-4 April 2019. Our partner React4Life, backed by the European Innovation Council (EIC) pilot, had the opportunity to pitch and present their business cases and to engage in one-on-one business meetings with representatives from some of the leading Corporates in Europe.