Who are we?
I am an engineer with significant experience in this field; I’ve worked culturing cells for two years, I’m an author on a paper about cytotoxicity, as well as cancer therapies. I also have experience with reactor design, biomaterials, and life cycle analysis. All this experience would help me design a bioreactor that wouldn’t kill the cells that are being grown in it, as well as not leaching any dangerous materials that could harm the patient the cells are being grown for.
What are we offering?
A disposable cardboard bioreactor designed for personalized medicine
Who are we offering it to?
Biotechnology companies that provide personalized medicine services
Why does that person care?
As personalized medicine becomes more popular, the need to grow personalized cells for patients is increasing. Currently this is an extremely cost and resource intensive process, hence why it has been slow to gain traction. The cardboard disposable bioreactor helps improve efficiencies at the manufacturing level, allowing these potentially life-saving treatments to be offered to more people across the world.
Our distinctive competencies
Based on the results of a brief patent search, I believe this product is able to be protected by a patent. In addition to this, due to the similarities between this product and one’s already on the market, (i.e. cardboard orange juice containers) it will be streamlined to get FDA approval, and significant resources and time won’t have to be wasted in that endeavour.
The substitutes & alternatives
The cost to clean steel bioreactors is astronomical, however they are very good at controlling fluid forces on cells within them, disposable bioreactors on the other hand are much cheaper, but are not very good at controlling fluid forces.
Disposable cardboard bioreactors would better be able to control shear forces than a disposable bag bioreactor, while preserving their economical advantages over steel bioreactors.
Our concept pitch
Our personal pitch
Our first key person
These companies are the main customer, the stakeholder with the most important voice. As a for profit company, they are likely to be convinced more by business arguments rather than altruistic or scientific ones. Therefore it is important to fully understand and communicate the life cycle analysis as well as the financial benefits that this product would bring.
Our second key person
Insurance/healthcare providers/regulatory agencies
While not the main stakeholder, insurance companies, healthcare providers, and regulatory agencies also play an important role, and have considerable power over the adoption or rejection of this product. Should any of these stakeholders refuse to pay for, or refuse to certify this product, it would effectively destroy the idea. It is important to meet all regulations, and ensure buy-in from these three stakeholders.
Our third key person
Canadians undergoing personalized medicine
It is important not to forget the end user of your product, in this case the patient. Although there is many layers between the cardboard bioreactor and the patient it is still important to consider them and what effects it will have on their lives and well-being.