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NSF Grant Awarded for Cellular Biomanufacturing Research

The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded Rebekah Margaret Samsonraj, PhD, assistant professor in the department of biomedical engineering at the University of Arkansas, a $466,266 NSF grant for research on bioprocessing stem cell-derived therapeutics.

The goal of the project is to understand mechanisms of biophysical modulation of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) to enhance the secretion of bioactive extracellular vesicles that can mediate tissue repair and regeneration. A major bottleneck in MSC-derived extracellular vesicles biomanufacturing is their scalability during product development to achieve clinically relevant doses.

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