Functional Brain Region-Specific Neural Spheroids for Modeling Neurological Diseases and Therapeutics Screening

3D spheroids have emerged as powerful drug discovery tools given their high-throughput screening (HTS) compatibility. The present invention presents a method for generating functional neural spheroids with differentiated human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC)-derived neurons and astrocytes at cell type compositions mimicking specific regions of the human brain.

A Neuronal Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell (iPSC) Line with CRIPSR Inhibition Gene Knockdown

This technology includes the combination of an induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) line that can inducibly be differentiated into neurons (using an inducible Neurogenin 2, Ngn2, cassette) and enable CRISPR inhibition gene knockdown (via stable expression of dCas9-BFP-KRAB). The combination of these elements in a cell line enables multiple lines of research, including small molecule screens for drug development in neuronal disease models, as well as studying stem cell biology in an iPSC neuronal cell model.

Three-Dimensional Respiratory Epithelial Tissue Constructs With Perfusable Microvasculature

The invention provides two vascularized, multi-chip models for the alveoli and the small airway. Both models comprise a perfusable three-dimensional (3D) microvascular network consisting of human primary microvascular endothelial cells, fibroblasts, and pericytes with a differentiated lung epithelial layer exposed at the air-liquid interface (ALI) on top, built on a high-throughput, 64-chip microfluidic plate platform. The platform does not require the support of a permeable membrane and the epithelial cells are directly seeded on the perfused microvascular network.

The CDC 2009 Influenza A H1N1 (Flu) Pandemic Real-time RT-PCR Panel including Pandemic Influenza A and Pandemic H1 Assays

CDC researchers have developed probes and primers for detecting the 2009 pandemic influenza A H1N1 virus in patient samples using real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (rRT-PCR) methods. These primers and probes were originally developed in 2009 and were cleared by the FDA as part of a domestic human diagnostic testing panel in June 2010. These were also updated to increase specificity and/or sensitivity of the detection methods.