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KHI develops automated system for low-cost cell culturing

Kawasaki Heavy Industries has developed an automated cell culture system, called AUTO CULTURE, that can culture cells of a consistent quality at a low cost. The system can automate the series of processes involved in culturing, while maintaining quality at least on a par with cells cultured manually by experienced technicians. AUTO CULTURE improves production efficiency compared with previous systems from KHI, by processing multiple culture vessels simultaneously. This enables cells of a consistent quality to be cultured safely at a low cost. A variety of cells, including iPS cells and mesenchymal stem cells, can be cultured by changing the culture process settings. With the system, peripheral features, such as incubators and reagent storage compartments, are removable, and the scale of production can be adjusted to meet needs ranging from clinical trials to commercial development.

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