What Is the Matrix? Bellco's Cellfoam Substrate

Are you resigned to doing cell cultures the old-fashioned way, complacently swabbing cells onto collagen or gel platforms? Or have you always believed there must be a better way? The answer to your problems may lie within the matrix--the Cellfoam™ matrix, that is. But what is the matrix, you ask? Cellfoam is a three-dimensional, highly porous structure for the manipulation of adherent and nonadherent cells. Cytomatrix, a small biotech company in Woburn, Mass., has grown difficult cells s

Brent Johnson
Jun 20, 1999

Are you resigned to doing cell cultures the old-fashioned way, complacently swabbing cells onto collagen or gel platforms? Or have you always believed there must be a better way? The answer to your problems may lie within the matrix--the Cellfoam matrix, that is. But what is the matrix, you ask?

Cellfoam is a three-dimensional, highly porous structure for the manipulation of adherent and nonadherent cells. Cytomatrix, a small biotech company in Woburn, Mass., has grown difficult cells such as bone marrow, thymus, liver, pancreas, tumor, and hematopoietic stem cells in Cellfoam and holds the licensing rights for such tissue culture applications. Together with Bellco Glass, Cytomatrix is offering 10.5 mm diameter Cellfoam disks for use in 48-well culture plates.


Bone marrow cells on Cellfoam
The idea for Cellfoam, however, originated with UltraMet, a materials research company funded largely by the aerospace community. A NASA project for designing lightweight structures...

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