Principe Island
10 Jan 2018
Green sea turtles are an endangered species and most vulnerable during the nesting period when they converge on sandy beaches. Working with the Arribada Initiative and Principe trust we have designed and in past December deployed a camera based tag to capture on video the turtle’s behaviour in space and time. Understanding their swimming, feeding habits and their interaction with...
earlobe-shaped-channels-made-with-vitaprint
29 Nov 2017
This week we are reporting on our progress in fabricating freeform perfusable vessel systems in biocompatible hydrogels. We have previously been successful in fabricating 2D branched perfusable structures and simple 3D molded meniscus models from gelatin. Now, we’re presenting a more complex geometrical network of vessels, shaped as the vasculature of an earlobe. Vascularization is a major challenge in tissue...
angelshark
29 Nov 2017
Last month Blaž and Luka participated in the Angelshark acoustic tag attachment workshop hosted at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL). The aim of this workshop was to identify the best approach to externally tag Angelsharks with electronic tags, whilst ensuring minimal impact on animal behaviour and life history. The workshop brought together researchers from the Angel Shark Project (a...
23 Oct 2017
We develop for today’s needs while having in mind the tomorrow by making all our hardware solutions future-proof. But what exactly do we mean by this? Future-proof hardware ensures effective ownership and long term serviceability. Meaning, our users have total insight into the technology and complete control over the devices, allowing for full use and repair. Users are also empowered...
17 Sep 2017
In one of the previous blog posts we wrote about a young prodigy Gabriela, who was researching in our Symbiolab. Today we’d like to share the story of another really talented young student, who is now enrolling to his last year of high school and whose main interests lie in the field of electronics - Silard Gal. He has done...
pulse-oximeter
14 Sep 2017
On this blog we haven’t shared anything about a very promising initiative we’ve been involved in for a couple of months now. In the beginning of the year we’ve been approached by Tarek Loubani to help him develop and optimise a Pulse Oximeter. Tarek is a Palestinian-Canadian emergency medicine doctor who has decided to apply his medical skills to develop...
medicinal-mushrooms
12 Sep 2017
At IRNAS we are trying to build an open organization, welcoming talented young people and giving them an opportunity to explore and further develop their potentials by working on exciting projects while offering them the required mentorship and support. During this year we hosted two very talented high school students, Gabriela Štumberger, who was working on her research project in...
pira-iot-battery-pack
07 Sep 2017
We’re announcing a new open hardware release, PiRA, a universal, modular IoT battery pack, developed as a response to the lack of IoT suitable battery pack or powerbank systems that can be easily and rapidly integrated into target applications, designed to reduce the development time and costs of bringing IoT devices from idea to functional prototypes creating a cost and...
meniscus-printed-with-vitaprint
04 Sep 2017
A few weeks ago we posted the news on our gelatin microfluidics, where we were able to show a successfully fabricated gelatin matrix with embedded perfusable vessels using Vitaprint. However, our Symbiolab team has been working tirelessly to refine the protocol and make it useful for larger and more complex structures. The method works by printing a hydrogel with appropriate...
vitaprint
28 Aug 2017
A lot has happened in the last past year. With the moving of IRNAS to the new facilities, we also obtained a newer and especially more spacious bio-lab. While the time required to set-up full functionality of the lab space prevented some experimental work, the progress didn’t slow us down at all. Thus, we used the opportunity to take care...