Recent Research Projects

Bioprocess Development for the Large Scale Production of Extracellular Vesicles From Adult Stem Cells

2019/20 • $39,000 • PI
Stem cells exist in very small numbers in almost all tissues within the body. For example, mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are a type of adult stem cell that can be found in bone marrow and fat. There is huge interest in MSCs because their implantation into a damaged tissue often leads to some...

Bioprocess Development for the Large Scale Production and Differentiation of Adult Human Stem Cells

2013/14-2018/19 • $110,000 • PI
Each tissue in the adult human body is composed of large numbers of specialized cells that carry out the functions associated with that tissue. There is increasing evidence that within each tissue, amongst those many specialized cells, is a very sparse population of adult stem cells. It is...

Assessing the feasibility of enzyme technology for the biodegradation of polymers used in hydraulic fracturing operations

2015/16-2016/17 • $422,542 • PI,CO
Hydrocarbons, such as the methane, ethane and propane found in natural gas, are recovered from reservoirs deep under the ground. In some cases, the hydrocarbon can be accessed relatively easily by drilling a series of wells into a reservoir. The hydrocarbons readily move from the reservoir into...

Bioprocess development for the large scale production and differentiation of mammalian adult stem cells

2010/11-2012/13 • $66,420 • PI
The human body is composed of about 200 different types of specialized cells. These specialized cell types combine in different proportions to form the various tissues found in organs such as the brain, heart, skin, liver and pancreas. Adult mammalian tissues are also known to contain a sparse...

Regenerative therapy for the intervertebral disc

2010/11-2011/12 • $95,348 • PI,CO
Intervertebral disc-related low back pain is one of the most significant orthopaedic disorders in industrialized society, costing the U.S. economy some $50-100 billion annually, with comparable per capita costs to the Canadian economy. Despite the economic burden of intervertebral disc (IVD)...

Regenerative therapy for the intervertebral disc

2010/11 • $69,493 • PI,CO
Intervertebral disc-related low back pain is one of the most significant orthopaedic disorders in industrialized society, costing the U.S. economy some $50-100 billion annually, with comparable per capita costs to the Canadian economy. Despite the economic burden of intervertebral disc (IVD)...

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