– Monash University researchers have created the world’s first bioactive plant-based nanocellulose hydrogel to support organoid growth for biomedical applications. This includes cancer development and treatment.
- Nanocellulose gels cost a fraction of the price compared to the current gold standard.
- These hydrogels are plant-based and animal-free, and can mimic the human body conditions on a dish.
Monash University researchers have created the world’s first bioactive plant-based nanocellulose hydrogel to support organoid growth and help significantly reduce the costs of studies into cancer and COVID-19.
This discovery by researchers at BioPRIA (Bioresource Processing Institute of Australia), Monash University’s Department of Chemical Engineering and the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute will develop organoids cheaper, faster and more ethically.
The hydrogel can also improve drug screening and disease modelling for infectious diseases, like COVID-19; metabolic diseases, such as obesity and diabetes; and cancer.
The findings, published in Advanced Science, emerge as a promising