Investigating a world too small to see requires tools that allow us to work on the nanoscale. Using building blocks such as lipids, DNA, or other biopolymers we can create constructs suited for sensing, mediating, and controlling molecules of interest. Using these tools allow us to make interesting new materials with cell-like behaviours.
Fabrication and scale-up
Learning by building
Artificial cells can be sensitive to their environment and capable of adapting to its changes. They can be engineered in a way that they can change their properties or perform actions in response to environmental changes. This opens up the prospect of fabricating artificial cells with characteristical cellular behaviours.
Translation and commercialisation
As artificial cells become increasingly biomimetic, they offer advanced properties and behaviours that make them suitable for application beyond the research laboratory. In order to capitalise on discoveries and translate new artificial cell technologies, fabriCELL interfaces with key stakeholders including physicians, start-ups and industry in a range of applications from medicine to personal care. By doing so we aim to realise the potential of artificial cell design not only as a research tool, but as a solution to key societal challenges including the design of new diagnostics and therapeutics, biobatteries and tools for environmental remediation.