The mini brains are smaller and more standardized than previous versions, Hartung said, comparing previous versions to Ferraris and Maseratis and his own to Mini Coopers, Science News reported. “We don’t have the first brain model nor are we claiming to have the best one,” Hartung said in a press release. “But this is the most standardized one. And when testing drugs, it is imperative that the cells being studied are as similar as possible to ensure the most comparable and accurate results.”
Hartung and colleagues now working to patent the mini brains and launch a company called Organome to produce them. The researchers hope to begin production this year. “Only when we can have brain models like this in any lab at any time will we be able to replace animal testing on a large scale,” Hartung said in the press release.