Jarrod Bailey, Ph.D. – Director of Science and Technology, Center for Contemporary Sciences.
This overview is intended to provide a snapshot of some salient and exciting developments and breakthroughs in various areas of biomedical research. It aims to help scientists and non-scientists alike appreciate what is being done, in technologies centered around human-specific cell, tissue and organ culture. Their major promise and evident advantage are that they provide more human relevance than, for example, animal models and simpler methods of cell and tissue culture (such as 2D monolayer cultures of immortalized cells). An unprecedented number of scientific publications now highlight the poor human relevance of data from these approaches. For example, greater than 90% of new drugs fail in human trials, mostly due to problems with efficacy and safety.