Mammalian cells are involved in a range of biomedical/biotechnological applications including exploitation in regenerative medicine. Critical to their success long-term storage. Cryopreservation in liquid nitrogen is most frequently used, however, this technique suffers from high costs, difficulties in logistics and also uses undesirable additives. An alternative approach, proposed as low cost, low maintenance and process-compatible, is the viable desiccation (and rehydration) of these cells. This project aims to create a successful cell desiccation protocol by manipulation of the exogenous environment and/or the processing conditions of the culture environment.
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