Will Organs on Chips Revolutionize Drug Trials?

organ-chipIn a laboratory at Harvard University, there is a small plastic chip that can breathe like a human lung. There are also chips that function like mini hearts, livers, kidneys, and intestines.

These bodily mimics are being developed at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, a research center dedicated to developing cutting-edge healthcare technologies inspired by—as the name suggests—human biology.

By designing so-called “organs-on-chips,” Wyss researchers hope to provide a more efficient, less costly way to run drug trials. If the approach pans out, the technology could also minimize the pharmaceutical industry’s reliance on animal testing, and one day help personalize drug therapies for an array of conditions.


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A growth-driven and strategic executive, Peter Coffaro commands more than 20 years of progressive management success within the medical device industry. As a District Sales Manager for Stryker Orthopaedics, Peter was responsible for managing and directing a regional sales force to achieve sales and profit goals within the Rocky Mountain region. Previously, he was the Director of Sales & Marketing for Amp Orthopedics. In this role, Peter was responsible for planning, developing, and leading all sales and marketing initiatives. Peter is a former orthopedic distributor in the Pacific Northwest. He has also worked with DePuy Orthopaedics as well as Zimmer, and held positions in sales, sales training, and sales management. Peter has an extensive background in organizational development, business development, sales management, negotiating and P&L management. Peter holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University.

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