Some patients regularly need blood transfusions. But the more often someone receives blood
from another person, the bigger the chance that at some point it will be rejected by the
immune system. As a result, these people cannot be helped. But there is hope. Sanquin
researchers have succeeded in culturing blood in the lab. This breakthrough makes it possible to
create blood for patients that no longer differs? from their own blood. Completely customized!
Currently, only small amounts of cultured blood can be produced. In order to be able to safely
produce cultured blood on a larger scale, we need a small-sized bioreactor in which we can test
how we can grow red blood cells as efficiently as possible.