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Your Lung on a Microchip: Health Tech & You

Dr Donald Ingber of the Harvard Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, discusses the Designs of the Year winning Human-Organs-Chips, with museum director Deyan Sudjic and author Jeremy Myerson.

Developed by Donald Ingber and Dan Dongeun Huh from Harvard University's Wyss Institute, The Organs-on-Chips are microdevices lined with living human cells that mimic the complex tissue structures, functions and mechanical motions of whole organs, promising to advance personalised medicine, accelerate drug discovery and decrease development costs.

This event is part of AXA PPP Health Tech & You. Founded by three leaders in their fields, AXA PPP healthcare, Design Museum and 2020health, Health Tech & You aims to recognise, celebrate and showcase the best in personal health technology innovations and present them in an engaging and accessible way to give the public an insight into this rapidly evolving field.

Booking information

Tickets include entry to the Designs of the Year exhibition before the talk begins. Doors will open at 18:45. The Designs of the Year exhibition will be open for ticket holders to view between 18:45 and 19:15, and will then close. The talk will start at 19:15 and last for 1 hour.

more about the speakers

Donald Ingber

Dr. Ingber’s work in the field of Biologically Inspired Engineering has catalyzed the convergence of far-reaching disciplines never before connected, ranging from biology, medicine, and engineering to art, architecture and design. His "Organ-on-a-Chip" technology that mimics complicated human organ functions as a way to replace traditional animal testing was named the 2015 Design of the Year by the London Design Museum, and was acquired by the Museum of Modern Art in New York for its permanent collection.

Deyan Sudjic

Deyan Sudjic is Director of the Design Museum in London. His career has spanned journalism, teaching and writing. Deyan was director of Glasgow UK City of Architecture 1999 and in 2002 he was Director of the Venice Architecture Biennale. He was Editor of Domus Magazine from 2000 to 2004, and was Founding Editor of Blueprint Magazine from 1983 to 1996. Deyan has published many books on design and architecture, including The Edifice Complex (Penguin, 2006), The Language of Things (Penguin, 2008), Norman Foster: A Life in Architecture (Orion, 2010) and Shiro Kuramata (Phaidon, 2013). His most recent book, B is for Bauhaus, was published by Penguin in March 2014. Deyan was made an OBE in 2000.

Jeremy Myerson

Jeremy Myerson is the first-ever holder of the Helen Hamlyn Chair of Design, with a remit to encourage 'design that improves quality of life'. An academic, author and activist in design for more than 30 years, he began his working life as a journalist and was founder-editor of Design Week in 1986. He co-founded the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the RCA in 1999, and his research interests focus on the role of design in social, demographic and technological change. He was Director of the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design from 1999 to October 2015.

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Are you a health tech innovator? The AXA PPP Health Tech & You Awards aim to recognise and celebrate individuals, companies and innovations that are changing healthcare and people’s lives across the world. Entries close 1 February 2016.

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