Status Report

NASA Vascular Tissue Challenge Webinar

By SpaceRef Editor
September 3, 2016
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Vascular Tissue Challenge Webinar scheduled for September 8 at 1:00-3:00pm ET

The Vascular Tissue Challenge is a $500,000 prize purse to be divided among the first three teams who successfully create thick, human vascularized organ tissue in an in vitro environment while maintaining metabolic functionality similar to their in vivo native cells throughout a 30-calendar day survival period. NASA’s objective for this Challenge is to produce technologies capable of creating viable thick (>1cm) metabolic tissues that can be used to advance research on human physiology, fundamental space biology, and medicine taking place both on the Earth and the ISS National Laboratory. Additionally, the Center for Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) will be providing an additional “Innovations in Space” Award covering $200,000 in hardware costs and the launch costs to send one team’s vascular tissue experiment to the International Space Station that could further their research in the field. This introductory webinar is for anyone interested in potentially competing for the Vascular Tissue Challenge.

SpaceRef staff editor.