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GEN News Highlights : Nov 5, 2013

Marblar, Samsung Invite GEN Readers to Find New Use for a Custom Stem Cell Factory

Also needed: innovative ideas for products from NASA, ETRI, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Many big changes have happened at Marblar since we introduced the firm to GEN readers earlier this year. Among them, NASA, South Korea’s Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI), and the University of Pennsylvania are releasing over $500 million worth of patented R&D onto the Marblar platform with the hope of inspiring participants to come up with new ideas on how to use them.

In addition, there are no longer individual competitions—Samsung will be developing the most promising ideas submitted by Marblar participants into new products, and rewarding the users with 10% of the royalties.

Interested in those royalties? Well, one of the products Marblar and Samsung want new ideas for is one we think you, GEN reader, would be especially interested in:

  • Custom stem cell factory: Stem cells grow submersed in a culture medium that doesn’t provide the means for applying specific stimuli to a target cell. Some bioreactors exist to address this, but these can’t usually vary mechanical and biochemical stimuli on the fly. This device developed by ETRI induces single stem cells into tissue/organ specific cells by delivering mechanical and biochemical stimuli, which vary over time.

Can you think of a new use for this product? Click here to submit your ideas and learn more!