Hepregen in the News

November 2015

Hepregen and BioTime, Inc. form Ascendance Biotechnology, Inc. to address the in vitro cell biology market.
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June 2015

Hepregen featured in Nature article
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June 2015
Gary Impey of SCIEX interviews Mann Shoffner about HepatoPac and the new Hepregen/SCIEX co-offering.

April 2015

Dr. Sangeeta Bhatia wins $250K Heinz Award
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April 2015

Hepregen's technology featured in AltTox.org article.
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March 2015

Dr. Sangeeta Bhatia featured in WIRED article.
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January 2015

Dr. Sangeeta Bhatia featured in MIT article about future MIT entrepreneurs.
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September 2014

Dr. Sangeeta Bhatia, biomedical engineer and professor at MIT, is the recipient of the 2014 $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize.  Bhatia is recognized for designing and commercializing miniaturized technologies with applications to improve human health. The Lemelson-MIT Prize, celebrating its 20th year, honors outstanding mid-career inventors improving the world through technological invention and demonstrating a commitment to mentorship in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
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August 2014 (MIT News)

Model of Viral Lifecycle Could Help in Finding a Cure for Hepatitis B.  Read More

October 2013 (Drug Discovery and Development)

Onyi Irrechukwu, Ph.D.  Coculture Systems Increase Sensitivity for Predictive Toxicology Studies.  Read More

June, 2011 (Life Science Leader)

"Drug Safety — Time For A Great Leap Forward?" Excerpt:  Risk depends on knowledge. "Without accurate and predictive information about a drug, risk of 'false negatives' may be high," says Bernadette (Bonnie) Fendrock, president and CEO of Hepregen. Her company is developing a highly sensitive in vitro cellular model for preclinical testing to detect liver-toxicity signals in drug compounds. But Fendrock also sees the need for addressing safety on a wider front. “Although meaningful to each, the safety issue is addressed differently by various constituents: regulatory agencies and internally by scientists. In addition, top levels of management need to provide incentives for increasing safety just as they do for improving the drug pipeline." Read More

March 30, 2011 (Nature International weekly journal of science/nature.com)

"Tissue models: A living system on a chip" Nature 471,661–665 (31 March 2011) Excerpt: For years, scientists have struggled to reconstruct tissues and organs by combining cells and nanotechnology. These devices are now edging from cool concept to practical application. Read More

April 2009 (Drug Discovery News)

"Putting Liver on a Chip"  Read More

February 27, 2009 (Cell-Based Assay News)

"Battelle Ventures Spins Out Hepregen with $5M in Funding to Develop 'Microliver' Tox Platform" Read More

January 8, 2008 (Drug Discovery News)

"Honey, I shrunk the liver"
Excerpt: With liver toxicity looming as one of the main reasons pharmaceutical companies pull drugs off the market, the development of a technology to create tiny colonies of living human liver cells that model the full-sized organ should be welcome news to drug discovery and development professionals. MIT researchers recently reported that they had devised just such a technology, and believe their work could allow better screening of new drugs that are potentially harmful to the liver and may reduce the costs associated with their development. Read More