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Startup brings a biological revolution


In the year 2012, Northeastern University’s spinoff Quad technologies team had been selected as a finalist in the MassChallenge. MassChallenge is a platform that enhances smaller startup. This could prove to be extremely revolutionary and change several ecosystems and technologies. 

The Centre for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) chose Quad technologies as one of the eight start-ups in this competition. The incentive to win this competition was extremely worthy and large. The winner of this event would be able to extend their research. In addition to this, they would also get a better production process.

The startup was based on a simple scientific fact of removing a microorganism from any sort of body. Their basic aim of the project was to assort these cells. This would be in a way in which they can later be used by them in more complicated biological processes. These processes included replacing biological tissues and the renewal of medicine, as well as help in the study of stem cells. These things in today’s age prove to be essential for the health of people.

The main challenge they faced here was the separation of these cells, microbeads, as the team called it. Furthermore, the process that they used required immense time, effort, and concentration. This drop-based technique that the team used required them to perform experiments. These were to create a chain of cells. This chain of cells had to be perfect in order to go ahead. 

This major problem of micro beading is based on the effect of gravity. Brian Pouffle, the co-founder of this startup, had in mind that the CASIS would study the effect of gravity in this process. Thus, helping them overcome this issue. This was the first time they would study something like this in this environment. Hence, this is one of its kind startup projects that will bring a new wave of biological change.


Priyal Jhaveri