Pep Talk

November 2022

Qkine celebrates a birthday this month. One of the reasons we founded Qkine was to use our understanding of growth factor biochemistry to drive innovation and adapt these proteins to improve function outside the physiological niche. In the last six years, we have seen emerging fields such as organoids for drug discovery and precision medicine, and more recently cultivated meat, accelerate the pace of stem cell science driving the need for improved reagents. So, this month, we were delighted to win an EIT/GFI prize in collaboration with Newcastle-based 3D Bio-Tissues to support innovation in culture media for cellular agriculture. We will combine their novel macromolecular crowding technologies with our protein-engineered optimized growth factors to develop new serum-free media to help achieve the unprecedented scale and reproducibility needed in the cellular agriculture field. Working on collaborative projects like these is one of the ways we can reinforce our commitment to increasing quality and innovation in the growth factors supply chain. Please reach out if you would like to discuss this project or opportunities for collaboration

Best regards,
Catherine (CEO and Founder)


Species-specific growth factors

Many researchers currently use human growth factors for animal stem cell cultures as there is limited availability of species-specific cytokines. Qkine is expanding its range of species-specific recombinant proteins to support the cellular agriculture community. We believe that these may perform better as they mimic the physiological niche. Our range of species-specific growth factors includes bovine / porcine FGF-2 145aa and 154aa and later this month we will be releasing porcine HGF and bovine HGF.

Cell culture image

Cellular agriculture promotion

Qkine firmly believes that cellular agriculture has the potential to transform future food production and have a positive impact on the health and well-being of our children and future generations. To demonstrate our support and commitment to this sector, we are giving researchers in this field an exclusive discount. Contact us for further information.

Scientific data for hepatocyte reprogramming

CUAPP event, Cambridge, UK

Catherine Elton, CEO of Qkine, will be presenting at the Cambridge University Alt Protein Project (CUAPP) meeting next week. This project works closely with the Good Food Institute to bring together academics, students, and entrepreneurs to create a sustainable food future with alternative proteins.

Organoid poster available for download

Image and video competition – Enter now!

Remember to enter our image and video competition to win a pair of Apple Airpods. We recently had this incredible image from April Foster based at The Milner Institute. The image is of a human intestinal mucosal organoid derived from stem cells isolated from a biopsy from the duodenum.

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