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“This is brand new, we wouldn’t have been able to do this a few years ago.” 

Director, National Institutes of Health

National Institutes of Health Director, Francis S. Collin, MD, PhD, demonstrates to Congress the value of biomedical research by showing a kidney-on-a-chip during the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services hearing on the FY 2019 budget on April 11, 2018. 

Dr. Collins had previously expressed his excitement about the new technology by saying, “The development of tissue chips is a remarkable marriage of biology and engineering.” 

The tissue chips are used to mimick human organ functions into full body systems to evaluate drugs. 

Kidney on a chip

The NIH award recipients include:

University of Washington, Seattle
A tissue-engineered human kidney microphysiological system
Watch the video (below) of Dr. Collins speaking to Congress (location 1:17)