bit.bio CEO discusses opti-ox technology and the work of bit.bio on BBC Click

bit.bio CEO Mark Kotter

 

On Saturday 6 February 2021, bit.bio was featured on the BBC’s technology programme, BBC Click. Both CEO Mark Kotter and Principal Scientist Tuzer Kalkan were featured. See a short clip of Mark Kotter below or watch the full feature here, (available in the UK).

CEO Mark Kotter gave an overview of what bit.bio does and showed the team around one of the molecular biology labs where bit.bio essentially engineers cells.

“We are taking a slightly different angle with biology – you can look at biology a little bit like a software, which means there is a possibility to reprogram or reboot the cell with a new program. Our tech allows us to do this really efficiently. And that’s opened a new way of thinking about manufacturing and precision engineering cells.”
Mark Kotter

CEO bit.bio, BBC Click February 2021

 

Principal scientist Tuzer Kalkan explains exactly how cells are created and sent to customers from bit.bio.

Tuzer Kalkan bit.bio principle scientist, bit.bio featured on BBC Click 2021
“We keep the cells in incubators here. As all cells grown outside the body need certain levels of oxygen, carbon dioxide and certain temperature. Once we make the desired cell type, we can freeze them in small test tubes and send them to the customer in a frozen format. The golden standard in the field is to use primary cells which are isolated from human organs, but as you can imagine, the difficulty there is that the donors are very scarce so it’s very difficult to get these primary cell types. bit.bio aims to bring a new gold standard to the field. We can create mature cell types that behave like primary human cells that you would find in the body.”
Tuzer Kalkan

Principal Scientist bit.bio, BBC Click February 2021

 

The segment with bit.bio is from 5 minutes into the show. The full show is here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000s4w5/click-perfect-posture