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Cosmetic Animal Testing is on its Way Out

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The fight to ban animal testing recently scored a major victory when California became the first US state to pass a bill that would ban testing cosmetics on animals.

Companies conduct animal tests to determine the safety of new formulas used in cosmetic products. These tests include skin and eye irritation tests to study allergic reactions and “lethal-dose” testing to determine ingredient toxicity.

But these tests have scientific limitations because humans and animals react differently to certain chemicals. Therefore these tests, that are meant to study the safety of cosmetics before they touch human skin, aren’t even relevant.

Here at Allevi, we believe in the future of personalized cosmetic testing. Our 3D bioprinters allow researchers to customize every aspect of their study - including tissue shape, size, geometry and cell line. Imagine a world where drugs and cosmetics are no longer cruelly tested on animals, but tested on patches of human tissue. But not just any human’s tissue but YOURS because you are different from a rabbit and different from a monkey and even different from your fellow human.

We applaud California for following in the EU, Norway, Israel and India’s footsteps. It’s time we replace these outdated methods; not only because they are cruel to animals but because they are ineffective. Allevi is here to usher in a new era for a cruelty free and scientifically relevant future.

Bioprinting offers hope of new treatment paths for cancer patients

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Our amazing users at The University of Waikato will use their Allevi 2 to research new treatment paths for cancer patients that could eventually lead to cancer tumors being treated outside patients' bodies.

We are constantly inspired by this amazing community of scientists who are changing the way we design, heal and build with life. And we're here to support them along the way! Read on to learn more about this incredible research.

BBC's The One Show Visits Allevi Power User, Dr Sam Pashneh-Tala

BBC's The One Show recently stopped by Dr. Sam Pashneh-Tala's lab at the University of Sheffield to learn more about tissue engineering and 3D bioprinting.

Dr. Pashneh-Tala’s research is focused on developing novel tissue-engineered blood vessels for use in vascular surgery. Current strategies rely on autograft vessels; which are of limited availability, variable quality and are prone to infection and blood clotting. Using tissue engineering and 3d biofabrication techniques, Dr. Pashneh-Tala is developing methods to allow blood vessels of custom geometries to be produced.

Check out the video below to learn more about the amazing research that is being performed today in his lab and the future of 3d bioprinting:

Dr. Pashneh Tala's research is bringing the future of 3d bioprinted tissues and organs that much closer. We can't wait to see what he will do next.  

Allevi Author: Nathan from Drexel Univ First-authors this study of hydrogels

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Onto a very special #AlleviAuthor - our user Nathan Tessema Ersumo was an undergrad from Dr. Kara Spiller's Lab at Drexel University when he FIRST authored this beauty.

Nathan used the Allevi BetaBot to study the mechanical properties of different hydrogels for applications within tissue engineering.  There are still many unknowns about the mechanical properties of biomaterials before and after printing. Nathan's paper studies the the differences in the Young's moduli between bioprinted and molded constructs. 

We're especially proud of this work because it highlights a core aspect of our mission here at Allevi; accessibility. We design our platforms to be accessible and affordable to everyone in the lab. That versatility and ease of use makes it possible to make novel discoveries like this one and to #buildwithlife (even during the undergrad years). 

You can download and read the publication here.

Scientists Create Beating Heart Tissue in a Lab Dish

Check out the amazing work that our collaborators, Dr. Kevin Costa and his lab, are doing at Mount Sinai!

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/scientists-create-beating-heart-tissue-in-a-dish/