A Novel Encapsulation Device for Mouse Neural Stem Cells ; The Universal Healthcare Controversy in the United States

Kim, Matthew Chang Eui, School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Virginia
Highley, Chris, EN-Biomed Engr Dept, University of Virginia
Norton, Peter, EN-Engineering and Society, University of Virginia

Among developed countries, the United States has relatively poor access to healthcare. Both medical and policy innovations can diminish barriers to access.
Cell and gene therapies require cell encapsulation, but the existing encapsulation process is laborious and time intensive. The research team designed a prototype device that automates multilayer cell encapsulation. The project was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, but future researchers can use the project report to complete the prototype. A successful device would accelerate cell encapsulation and reduce costs, improving access to cell and gene therapies.
While universal healthcare would improve access to care in the U.S. it is controversial. Such proposals divide interest groups and advocacies. Advocates of universal healthcare evoke values associated with social equity, while critics contend that it threatens competition, undermines personal responsibility, and diminishes choice.

BS (Bachelor of Science)
cell encapsulation, universal health care, cell encapsulation device

School of Engineering and Applied Science
Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering
Technical Advisor: Christopher B. Highley
STS Advisor: Peter D. Norton
Technical Team Members: Noah B. Vanterve, Gabriel V. Popescu

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