By using silicone copies of human cadaver blood vessels--further modified with aneurisms, atherosclerosis and "plaque"--Insera researchers are able to recreate a model environment for testing their blood-clot removal device. The cadaver model approach could potentially replace some animal testing experiments.
Credit: Insera Therapeutics
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On May 27, 2010, NSF hosted a webcast featuring the SHELTER technology and its developers Vikram and Vallabh Janardhan. View the device, its cadaver-model testing environment, and a discussion of its features.