Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is still the N1 cause of death worldwide despite the significant efforts of academia and pharmaceutical industry to understand the different underlying causes of CVD. They have been hampered by the lack of proper human cardiac models as the animal models have different physiology and gene expression from the human situation and the flat cell culture in vitro models are not capable of producing pumping motion, which is the main function of the heart. Furthermore, pesticides toxicity and risk for human health are controlled at a European level through a well-developed regulatory network, however, cardiotoxicity is not described as a separate hazard class while it can have long-term cardiovascular complications. Here we propose to make better predicative in vitro cardiac models by making a vascularized beating mini-heart and a self-propulsion swimming bio-robot made by assembling human cardiac cells into 3D tissue structures using sacrificial molding and high-resolution 3D bio-printing. The mini-heart and the bio-robot will enable the scientific community to have a more realistic human cardiac model in vitro and a proper tool to assess the presence of cardiotoxicants in the environment. This work will be done in a consortium of four parties with the necessary expertise, ranging from heart development, human pluripotent stem cells, 3D bioprinting, tissue engineering and biosensing, to bring these engineered living tissues to reality.
Fields of science
- engineering and technologyenvironmental biotechnologybiosensing
- medical and health sciencesmedical biotechnologytissue engineering
- medical and health sciencesmedical biotechnologycells technologiesstem cells
- medical and health sciencesclinical medicinecardiologycardiovascular diseases
- medical and health sciencesbasic medicinephysiology
- HORIZON.3.1 - The European Innovation Council (EIC) Main Programme
Funding SchemeHORIZON-AG - HORIZON Action Grant Budget-Based
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The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.
7522 NB Enschede
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