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Synthetic hydrogels: replicating in vivo environments

Professor Cathy Merry has developed synthetic hydrogels that support 3D culture for multiple cell types and used NC3Rs funding to support their application across multiple scientific disciplines.

Cathy has formed many collaborations to enable the wider uptake of the synthetic hydrogel technology and through the BBSRC ICure programme and Innovate UK has co-founded PeptiMatrix, to provide more research groups access to synthetic hydrogels.

Hear from Cathy, Dr Jennifer Ashworth, Professor Anna Grabowska and Dr Johnathan Curd about the synthetic hydrogel technology and its applications in research.