Atelerix have developed a transformative technology for the storage and transport of viable cells at room temperature, overcoming the barriers and limitations presented by the current need for cryo-shipping. They span out of Newcastle University and incorporated the business back in 2017 and have now grown to a team of eight people.
They use alginate hydrogels to encapsulate biological products, protecting them from biochemical and physical damage during storage and shipment. This allows us to hold cells and tissues at room temperature for up to two weeks, effectively placing them into a state of hibernation – just like the African four-toed pygmy hedgehog, genus Atelerix!
They span out of Newcastle University and chose to keep their R&D activity in the city.