Human Health Mission Program
We have partnered with leaders in space research to develop a Mission Program focused on Human Health.
Advancing Bio-printing Technology
In 2023, human tissue (a meniscus) was successfully printed in space, where the lack of gravity makes constructing human tissue in a bio-printer much easier. This technology has significant implications not only for health research, but also the possibility of transforming the field of organ replacement, and the complexities of organ donation. Through our partners you can contribute to advancing this technology during your mission.
Drug Seed Crystals
Due to the absence of gravity crystals grow bigger and better in space. Decades of research have led t the ability to grow drug seed crystals, that can be returned to Earth and used as the starter for drug manufacturing. You can help apply this technology to new drug candidates.
Human Body in Space
Microgravity induces a change in intracranial pressure, which changes the shape of the optic disk and retina, impacting diminishing eyesight. This has been observed in 70% of long duration astronauts over the last 15 years. There is concern that over a long duration spaceflight (e.g. to Mars) it could cause loss of eyesight, and cognitive decline. This condition is called Space Associated Neuro-Ocular Syndrome (or SANS). NASA consider SANS a “red” issue that indicates it requires mitigation before they will approve a human mission to Mars.
Our partners are planning a series of spaceflights to better understand SANS. On this mission to ISS we will focus on design and preparation for the in-space surgical procedures that would be conducted on a follow up free-flyer mission.
Image credit: Space Today / Yozo Hirano