Remote research platform uses human neurons for biocomputing

Remote research platform uses human neurons for biocomputing

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By Jean-Pierre Joosting

FinalSpark, a pioneering Swiss biocomputing startup, has launched the first-ever online platform enabling global researchers to conduct experiments remotely on biological neurons in vitro.

The platform provides around-the-clock access to 16 human brain organoids aimed at developing the world’s first living processor for biocomputing. 3D structures grown from stem cells, brain organoids can replicate the complexity of the brain’s processing capabilities. These bioprocessors, composed of living neurons capable of learning and processing information, consume a million times less power than traditional digital processors, potentially reducing the environmental impact associated with the rising use of computers.

Already, three dozen universities have expressed interest in using the biocomputing platform. FinalSpark has granted free access to nine institutions for Research Use Only. As the demand for the neuroplatform grows, FinalSpark are prepared to scale up to meet it, all with the shared goal of building the world’s first living processor. “We firmly believe that such an ambitious goal can only be achieved through international collaboration,” asserts Dr. Fred Jordan, co-founder of FinalSpark.

The platform, called Neuroplatform enables companies to conduct remote research on neuronal tissues placed on MEAs, fully supporting electrophysiological experiments. The three-dimensional neuronal structures have a long lifespan, making them suitable for experiments that run for several months.

The convergence of AI, recent advancements in biology, and stem cell technologies have opened up new horizons in the field of synthetic biology and wetware computing.

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