TechConnect Innovation Program

Ultra-Rapid Tissue Cyropreservation Method and Apparatus

Northern Illinois University, Illinois, United States

TECHNOLOGY SUMMARY

A method and apparatus for the processing of tissue and cellular material during cryopreservation and/or processing for microscopy. The method and apparatus maximizes heat transfer coefficients by using liquid-free cryopreservation protocols and maximizing glass transition characteristics through increasing pressure during cryopreservation.

Primary Application Area: Medical Devices

Technology Development Status: Concept

Technology Readiness Level: TRL 4

FIGURES OF MERIT

Value Proposition: This method is simple, allows for robust fluid-tight sealing and can facilitate ultrarapid cooling and warming rates for thick tissues that may make cryopreservation of many different tissue types. A feature of the high pressure portion of this apparatus is to maximize sample-to-metal contact, further enhancing heat transfer characteristics.

SHOWCASE SUMMARY

Organization Type: Academic/Gov Lab

Showcase Booth #: 707

Website: www.niu.edu

GOVT/EXTERNAL FUNDING SOURCES

Government Funding/Support to Date: Proposals are currently pending

Primary Sources of Funding: University, Other

Looking for: Both Funding and Development Partners