Organs on a Chip is Design Museum's 2015 Design of the Year
Human Organs-on-Chips, designed by Donald Ingber and Dan Dongeun Huh at Harvard University’s Wyss Institute, has won the Design Museum Design of the Year Award for 2015. The project is basically a device housing real human cells, replicating the behavior of human organs. The presented piece is a "lung on a chip" with various types of cells and two channels on two sides of a membrane, one for air and one for blood. The device also expands and contracts just like a real lung would. Proposed use of the technology is versatile, as it can be used in various fields of testing. Cosmetic, pharmaceutical and other industries, that are now reliant on animals could benefit greatly from the technology, as it's a cheaper and more humane alternative to animal testing. The Human Organs-on-Chips were nominated by Paola Antonelli, MoMA's Senior Curator of Architecture & Design and Director of R&D, who called the project ‘the epitome of design innovation – elegantly beautiful form, arresting concept and pioneering application.’ Watch a video about the project above.
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