Research & Development

Biology

Cell Culture and Molecular Biology Expertise

ISurTec has a team of experienced scientists who perform routine cell culture and molecular biology experiments. We have a dedicated cell culture facility consisting of a biosafety level II laminar flow cabinet and two dedicated cell culture incubators connected to carbon dioxide tanks which provide an optimum environment for growing cells. 

Research & Development

Biology

Cell Culture and Molecular Biology Expertise

ISurTec has a team of experienced scientists who perform routine cell culture and molecular biology experiments. We have a dedicated cell culture facility consisting of a biosafety level II laminar flow cabinet and two dedicated cell culture incubators connected to carbon dioxide tanks which provide an optimum environment for growing cells. 

Our lab routinely cultures and works with the following cell types: 

Astrocyte

Rat hippocampal cultures on PDL coated coverslips at D14

Human mesenchymal stem cells

hiPSC-derived neural progenitor cells

Our lab routinely cultures and works with the following cell types: 

  • Primary Cell Lines
    ISurTec handles primary cell lines routinely including rat myoblasts, rat astrocytes, bovine aortic endothelial cells, and human dermal fibroblasts. In addition, we work with dissociated rat brain cultures for drug development applications.
  • Stem Cells
    ISurTec does routine mesenchymal stem cell culturing. hMSCs have been successfully cultured on ISurTec’s proprietary nanofiber scaffolds and used in many of our internal projects.
  • Neural Cell Lines
    ISurTec has expertise working with hiPSC-derived neural progenitor cells. These progenitors have been used successfully for differentiating into neurons and glia of the human cortex region. Apart from this, we also culture iPSC-derived human astrocytes, and glutamatergic and GABAergic neurons.
  • Adherent Cell Culture
    ISurTec specializes in culturing, seeding and passaging adherent cultures such as human dermal fibroblasts for regular experiments.
  • Organoid Culture
    ISurTec has the capability to form organoids using ISurTec’s ISurCell™ ULA (Ultra Low Attachment) plates. Cortical brain organoids, human mesenchymal stem cell organoids, human colorectal cancer organoids and human dermal fibroblast organoids have been produced successfully at ISurTec’s cell culture facility.
  • Cancer Cell Lines
    ISurTec works with human colorectal carcinoma cell lines and has expertise growing and passaging HeLa cells as well.

Astrocyte

Rat hippocampal cultures on PDL coated coverslips at D14

Human mesenchymal stem cells

hiPSC-derived neural progenitor cells

In-House Capabilities

Our labs perform western blotting in house. We have the expertise to detect relative protein expression as well as total protein expression using our setup. The image to the left shows a PVDF membrane with GAPDH positive bands alongside a molecular ladder. The isolate is extracted from a hippocampal rat culture cell line.

We have expertise in designing, performing and interpreting ELISAs. Currently focused on in-house R&D of a line of synthetic combination passivating/chemically activating coatings known collectively as ISurBlock. ISurBlock solution can act both as a non-animal sourced BSA substitute and as a platform for chemically bonding biomacromolecules that are components of the ELISA assay.

We do routine PCR experiments to detect gene expression. Our labs are equipped with thermal cyclers as well as equipment for performing gel electrophoresis in-house. The image to the left shows the results of a mycoplasma screen on an agarose gel. The PCR products are from human mesenchymal stem cells.

At ISurTec, we perform microbiological assays on our coated surfaces. We test for adherence of microbes to the surface as well as microbicidal effects of drug release. The image to the left is a Kirby-Bauer zone of inhibition test demonstrating a bacteria-free zone from moxifloxacin release in the upper section of a Mueller-Hinton plate with E. coli.

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In-House Capabilities

Western Blot

Our labs perform western blotting in house. We have the expertise to detect relative protein expression as well as total protein expression using our setup. The image to the left shows a PVDF membrane with GAPDH positive bands alongside a molecular ladder. The isolate is extracted from a hippocampal rat culture cell line.

ELISA

We have expertise in designing, performing and interpreting ELISAs. Currently focused on in-house R&D of a line of synthetic combination passivating/chemically activating coatings known collectively as ISurBlock. ISurBlock solution can act both as a non-animal sourced BSA substitute and as a platform for chemically bonding biomacromolecules that are components of the ELISA assay.

PCR and Gel Electrophoresis

We do routine PCR experiments to detect gene expression. Our labs are equipped with thermal cyclers as well as equipment for performing gel electrophoresis in-house. The image to the left shows the results of a mycoplasma screen on an agarose gel. The PCR products are from human mesenchymal stem cells.

Bacterial Culture

At ISurTec, we perform microbiological assays on our coated surfaces. We test for adherence of microbes to the surface as well as microbicidal effects of drug release. The image to the left is a Kirby-Bauer zone of inhibition test demonstrating a bacteria-free zone from moxifloxacin release in the upper section of a Mueller-Hinton plate with E. coli.

Interested? Contact us!

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EXPLORE R&D

ISurTec is a technology innovator with a deep passion for identifying, creating and commercializing new methods and products that enable companies to fulfill their mission.

CONTACT

Innovative Surface Technologies, Inc.
1045 Westgate Drive Suite 100
Saint Paul, MN 55114

651-209-9757

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ISurTec will consistently provide high-quality products and services that meet requirements for scientific, medical device, and industrial coatings. We will actively strive to bring excellence to the surface in all that we do, meeting or exceeding customers’ needs and expectations, and improve the quality of our products and service by enabling each employee to fulfill their job responsibilities correctly the first time.
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