The ability to predict the behaviour and function of a single cell over time could reveal valuable information such as how cells transition from healthy to diseased and their response to treatment. NIH ran a $500,000, two-stage Challenge looking for tools and methods that could that could deliver this.


Result: Two biological engineering researchers were awarded. The first solution involved a nano-pipette with a tip so fine that it can non-invasively sample tiny amounts of material from inside a cell. The second solution involved engineering cells to secrete molecules of interest so analysis can occur without even going inside the cell.