Prof. Lyle Armstrong

A human iPSC-derived model of SARS-CoV-2 infection and pathogenesis in the lung

Covid-19 is known to infect the lungs. However, the dynamics of viral infection and replication are poorly understood. Alongside the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Newcells Biotech have worked to develop a structurally representative human lung epithelium model of SARS-CoV-2 infection and replication. In this webinar, Professor Lyle Armstrong will present the data that has shown the model can be successfully infected with SARS-CoV-2, via angiotensin converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) proteins expressed on the cell surface and supports replication of the virus once inside its cells. Professor Armstrong will also discuss how the model can be used as a platform to study SARS-CoV-2 pathogenesis and evaluate candidate vaccines and therapeutics.

Dr Piyush Bajaj and Dr Colin Brown

Reducing compound attrition by predicting renal tubular toxicity with in vitro PTEC models

Drug-induced kidney injury (DIKI) is a common reason for compound attrition in drug development pipelines with proximal tubule epithelial cells (PTECs) most commonly associated with DIKI. We explore the potential application of freshly isolated primary hPTECs and translational biomarkers in the assessment of tubular toxicity within the drug discovery pipeline. Colin and Piyush will discuss how measuring biomarkers within a PTEC model can be used to predict tubular toxicity.

Dr Colin Brown

Predictive in vitro primary proximal tubule models for understanding nephrotoxicity in drug development programs

Dr Colin Brown explores how the properties of in vitro proximal tubule epithelial cell (PTEC) models can be used to understand the renal handling of drug molecules and de-risk adverse reactions in drug development programs:

The use of aProximate™ PTEC human and animal models with small molecules and biologics

The value of measuring biomarkers of toxicity

Providing mechanistic and species-specific data about the transport of molecules and predicting potential nephrotoxicity of new drug molecules

Poster Presentations


Human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC)-derived retinal model containing microglial cells as a platform for toxicology studies


Improved phenotype of human proximal tubule epithelial cells in a 3D microfluidic mode