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Did you know that there is a national laboratory on the International Space Station (ISS) available to you with capabilities to advance your R&D in biomedicine and biotechnology?
Recent advances in stem cell research and bioengineering have enabled the development of biological devices that use human cells cultured in tissue chips or assembled as organoids to represent the functional units of an organ. With the ability to seed these biological systems with cells derived from healthy or diseased human organs, these advances allow investigators to develop powerful new models of human physiology and disease. Space-based research and development using these models may lead to clinical advancements not possible on Earth.
In microgravity, cells form complex 3D structures with functionality that in some cases better mimics tissues and organs in the human body, providing better models for observing cell-cell interactions, modeling the onset and progression of disease, testing the safety and efficacy of new drugs, or manufacturing biological tissues for repair or replacement of damaged tissues. R&D leveraging the unique conditions on the ISS accelerates the discovery of molecular mechanisms that underlie a range of common human disorders, improves understanding of drug targets, and aids in the development of novel treatments.

A close-up view of the cell culture media change in a chamber containing engineered heart tissues as part of an investigation studying the aging and weakening of heart muscles in space to aid in the development of treatments for patients on Earth. Image Credit: NASA

In microgravity, cells form complex 3D structures with functionality that in some cases better mimics tissues and organs in the human body, providing better models for observing cell-cell interactions, modeling the onset and progression of disease, testing the safety and efficacy of new drugs, or manufacturing biological tissues for repair or replacement of damaged tissues. R&D leveraging the unique conditions on the ISS accelerates the discovery of molecular mechanisms that underlie a range of common human disorders, improves understanding of drug targets, and aids in the development of novel treatments.

Space-based R&D on the ISS can spur advancements in:

  • Therapeutic discovery and development to treat diseases on Earth
  • New drug formulations that improve patient quality of life
  • The development of diagnostic devices that can help detect disease earlier
  • The engineering of tissues for higher-accuracy disease modeling and drug testing
  • The expansion of stem cells with enhanced properties for preclinical and clinical applications

European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Pesquet works on a protein crystallization investigation from Merck Co. aiming to improve the manufacture and storage of the company’s cancer immunotherapy drug Keytruda®. Image Credit: NASA

Microgravity conditions on the ISS can provide you with an opportunity to take your R&D—whether it be on therapeutics, diagnostic devices, disease modeling, biomanufacturing, or stem cell research—to the next level. Space-based research leveraging the ISS National Lab can enable biomedical discovery with a defined pathway to industrial or clinical applications. Other companies and institutions like yours are already taking advantage of this unique platform to accelerate discovery—learn how you can too by attending ISSRDC 2022. Register today!

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PAYMENT: Your registration is not reserved until full payment is received. We accept online payments by credit card through PayPal. A PayPal account is not required to make payment, if you can have any questions please contact Dalia Ruffatto.

CANCELLATION POLICY: By submitting an online registration, you agree to pay the full fee. Cancellations received no later than July 15, 2019, will be charged an $80 cancellation fee (either billed or subtracted from the refunded fee). If you do not cancel by July 15, you will be charged the full fee. You may cancel online or by calling the ISS National Lab at 321-757-6134.

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Guests will be charged a deposit in the amount of one night’s room and tax at the time of the reservation. The deposit is non-refundable after July 14.

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