Tedesco Group winner of #OOCtransition Initiative of Bi/ond

Friday, 29 January

Last November, Bi/ond, the Organ-on-Chip startup based in Delft, launched the #OOCtransition initiative to promote and accelerate the development of Organ-on-Chip models with the potential to reduce and replace animal testing.

Researchers from all over Europe submitted their abstracts. After a careful selection, the Bi/ond team selected the Tedesco Laboratory at University College London & The Francis Crick Institute (London, UK) as the winner of the competition.

Francesco Saverio Tedesco and his group ( are focusing on skeletal muscle regeneration to develop novel experimental therapies for incurable diseases, such as muscular dystrophies. Due to the lack of biopsy cells and accuracy of animal-based models, they developed platforms to make tridimensional efficient, patient-specific tissues, which can be used to model specific phenotypic results of muscle diseases.

The collaboration with Bi/ond will enable the Tedesco lab to develop a more physiologically relevant muscle model, by combining Tedesco's expertise in making high-fidelity human skeletal tissues, with the microelectronic know-how developed by the Dutch startup. Tedesco lab and Bi/OND's overall mission is to accelerate Organ-on-Chip research and develop accurate models by incorporating biological and engineering expertise.

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