Organ-Chips feature tiny channels packed with living cells. The chips recreate the fundamental properties of organs at their smallest functional unit — all inside a clear window that gives researchers a dynamic, data-rich view of the organ’s response to chemicals and drugs in real-time.
Organ-Chips and our Human Emulation System are being used today to test the way medicines, foods, and chemicals affect the human body — and they are more accurate than testing on animals or on human cells in a dish.
“Removing some of the pitfalls of human and animal testing means, theoretically, that drug trials could be conducted faster and their viable results disseminated more quickly,” said Paola Antonelli, Curator of the Department of Architecture and Design and the Director of Research and Development at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. “This is the epitome of design innovation — elegantly beautiful form, arresting concept, and pioneering application.”
The Organ-Chip is “a really big idea” that combines technology and design to address the problem of using animals to test products, said Anish Kapoor, Chair of the prize jury. “It feels like one of those questions of the future.”
It sure does feel like the future — only it’s happening today.