Bioreactors are devices that attempt to mimic a physiological environment in order to achieve better cell and tissue growth and cell and tissue conditioning. Furthermore, bioreactors allow us to combine conventional technology with tissue engineering for the purpose of evaluating and testing the development of tissue engineered constructs.
"Cells are lazy by nature"; it is therefore essential that cells used in the area of tissue engineering are exposed to some form of mechanical stimulation. For this reason we have developed bioreactor systems for a variety of specific applications (e.g. for cultivation of heart valves, vascular grafts, pericardium, cartilage).
Testing and Evaluating
Only by continuously testing our constructs and measuring their properties can we improve our techniques and design better systems that will allow us the production of more durable and more physiological tissue engineered constructs.