Online workshop ”MPS User Days – Microsystems for physiological cell culture”

March 22, 2022 | Online

With the MPS the researchers have been able to simulate numerous natural organism processes in a comparatively complex way.
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With the MPS the researchers have been able to simulate numerous natural organism processes in a comparatively complex way.

Microphysiological systems (MPS) are a high-performance tool for research and development in the field of tissue reconstruction, drug and cytotoxicity studies. Fraunhofer IWS has established a wide range of technical expertise in design, configuration, operation, monitoring and analysis of these systems and has developed its own technology platform for the setup of MPS. If you are interested in learning more about the functionalities and the manifold applications of our technology, please join our online workshop. Benefit from our expertise and exchange ideas.

What does the workshop include?

The first part of the workshop will provide an overview of our technology portfolio – a basic platform with a wide range of configuration options based on modular plug and play microfluidics and control units. We will address topics such as design options of modular microfluidic devices, solutions to control the micro physiology inside  microfluidic devices and efficient preprocessing of cell culture images .

In the second part, actual users will have a chance to speak. They report on their experiences with our platform and share their insights on questions such as:

  • For which applications are MPS suitable?
  • What are their advantages and disadvantages?
  • Etc.

In line with the "mentoring principle", we would like to offer the online workshop as a framework in which both potential users and experienced users can discuss with each other and benefit from their insights. The workshop is intended to establish the foundation of a user network that aims at long-term exchange and mutual support in use and further development of MPS.

The workshop addresses the following users and applications:

  • Biologists, biotechnologists, medical experts, material scientists and passionate cell culture users who would like to inform themselves about the manifold possibilities of MPS regarding configuration and fields of application
  • Users of current MPS platforms who are interested in experience reports and would like to exchange ideas and information
  • Engineers and technical experts who are interested in the design, prototyping and scalable manufacturing of Microsystems and MPS

We are looking forward to your participation.


10:00–10:05 (CET) Welcome and short introduction
  MPS Devices Fraunhofer IWS
10:05–10:20 From microfluidic basic elements to complex MPS
Stephan Behrens, Fraunhofer IWS
10:25–10:40 Tuning and measuring flow, pressure and oxygen in MPS
Dr. Frank Sonntag, Fraunhofer IWS
Real-time image acquisition and pre-processing in MPS
Stefan Pudell, Fraunhofer IWS
  MPS Applications
Cardiac muscle cells in MPS
Dr. Mario Schubert, TU Dresden
11:30–11:50 Cell culture models of kidney barriers in the MPS
Florian Schmieder, Fraunhofer IWS
11:55–12:05 Q&A, Discussion

More information

Micro- and biosystems engineering

Learn more about micro- and biosystems engineering at Fraunhofer IWS.


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