Team FutuRena lead by BCO researchers voted straight to finals in science-based idea competition Helsinki Challenge

Photo by Veikko Somerpuro

The idea of the 3D printed kidney by the FutuRena team and their impressive pitch appealed to the audience more than any pitch of the other 19 semifinalists. Only the winner of the semifinal in Helsinki made it straight to the final stage. The other 6 finalist teams will be selected by an international jury on 19 June.

The FutuRena team is lead by our PhD student Susanna Kaisto, other members from Biocenter Oulu are prof. Seppo Vainio, PhD Ilya Skovorodkin and PhD Aleksandra Rak-Raszewska. The team seeks to grow mini-kidneys from kidney cells, which can then be used, for example, in testing of medicine. It will also be possible to use mini-kidneys grown from the patient’s own cells to study what kind of medication is best for each patient. The ultimate goal of the team is to print and grow fully functional 3D kidneys from kidney cells for people who, for example, need an organ transplant.

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Last updated: 13.6.2017