NEI is building an ecosystem of support by partnering with companies and organizations to offer their resources directly to 3-D ROC challenge solvers. Any means of support are welcome. To discuss a partnership in more detail, contact us.
Click the Sponsor's company name to see general descriptions of the support each is providing. Please contact the sponsor's 3-D ROC liaison (listed below) for more details and to access the resources.
BioTek Instruments, Inc.
MultiChannel Systems, a Division of Harvard Bioscience, Inc.
Shenandoah Biotechnologies, Inc.
- Provides expertise for in vitro validation of both efficacy models and drug safety screening
- Contact: Helen Booler, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Discounts on products and services to all participants
- Will review participant-submitted proposals and select one or more teams to “sponsor” in a collaboration with using the Avatar system/proprietary media or cell lines to develop or validate the functionality of the retina organoid (co-development agreement will be required)
- Consultation with senior XCell leadership to discuss a possible collaboration for further commercial development of retina organoid model (incentive for winners)
- Contact: Mahendra Rao, email@example.com
- Consultation with PhD level scientist from the applications team for optimizing image acquisition and analysis of retinal organoids, including live cell imaging.
- Access to loaner instruments and product demonstration opportunities with discounts available to all participants
- Free laser autofocus cube ($7800 value) with purchase of an imaging instrument. Benefits include improved speed with dim fluorophores and transmitted light along and minimized photobleaching with lower phototoxicity for live cell assays
- Contact: Megha Shaffer, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Discount of 15% for products and reagents such as cell-based assays and labeling and detection technologies for fluorescence microscopy, flow cytometry, and high content screening
- Contact: Vanessa Fonte, email@example.com
- Contact: Jonathan Weinreich, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Discounts on products and reagents
- URL: https://www.sigmaaldrich.com/life-science/cell-biology/neuroscience/retina-organoid-challenge.html
- Contact: Joel Hansen, email@example.com
- Provides free DEMO + 2 weeks of equipment loan for all participants (based on schedule/availability). Labs will have to buy consumables (e.g., arrays). Longer duration loans can be provided on a monthly rental charge (based on availability). Any publication of MEA data resulting from lab demonstration should cite Multichannel Systems Gmbh. (Valid once for each group)
- Winners can purchase equipment at 25% discount (expires 3 months from NEI announcement of winners)
- Participants are eligible for 15% discount on purchase MEA2100 system anytime during the current NEI challenge (only valid until NEI challenge ends)
- Contact: Maulik Oza, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Provides one hour of free consulting to participating teams and discounted rates past the initial hour
- Discount of 5% for all cells and 3-D models
- Contact: Pete Shuster, email@example.com
- Offers platform for the delivery of nucleic acids to cell types that have been historically difficult to transfect using traditional methods, specifically neuronal cells. Will partner with select groups to provide early access to technology including instrumentation and reagents
- Will support researchers in the optimization of delivering nucleic acids to relevant neuronal cell types and 3-D models
- Contact: Mariam Assadian, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Discounts of 10% for products and reagents
- Available for consulting services, discounts on contract research services such as cell reprogramming and differentiation, molecular analyses, etc.
- Contact: Ben Henry, email@example.com
- Discounts of 30% for SBI’s lentiviral products (vectors, packaging tools, etc.)
- Discounts of 20% for SBI’s lentiviral custom services (Syn2Clone™ vector construction, high-titer lentivirus packaging & stable cell line services)
- Contact: Ann Krohn, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Discounts of 20% for catalog products
- Discounted protein expression services
- Additional discount options and 'Test Drive Sample Program'
- Quotes: email@example.com
- Contact: Olivia Schneider, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Available for consulting services, provision of supporting materials and information and direction on assay development and optimization
- Free to each team: 1 x 5 ml GrowDex® hydrogel for 3-D cell culture
- Discount of 10% on GrowDex and GrowDase® products for the duration of the challenge
- Contact: Jane Spencer-Fry, email@example.com
- Free consultations with scientific experts in the fields of microbiomics or epigenetics
- Solutions for microbiomic and epigenetic-related research in the form of products or next-generation sequencing services
- Discounts throughout 2018 on all products and services for challenge participants (some exclusions may apply)
- Contact: Shea Biondi, firstname.lastname@example.org
- The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
- RUCDR Infinite Biologics
- STEMCELL Technologies