Triple Ring Technologies and The Hines Family Foundation collaborate on Nanolab BioModule
Press release from: Triple Ring Technologies
Posted: Tuesday June 28th 2022
The Hines Family Foundation for Education, Innovation and Service (HFF) SILVA Nanolab YCC01 BioModule was successfully delivered to the International Space Station (ISS) via SpaceX Crew-4 on April 27, 2022. Developed by the HFF EXPLORES program and the Space Innovation and Learning Virtual Academy (SILVA), the YCC01 Biological Cell Culture Spaceflight Technology Demonstration Project will be used to study the effect of microgravity on the functional behavior and growth of Saccharomyces cerevisiae (baker’s yeast) grown onboard the ISS over 30 days compared to samples grown on land. The Nanolab YCC01 is the first general educational training tool of its kind for students and teachers interested in learning more about the effects of space on living systems.
The YCC01 project was born out of a collaboration with scientists and technologists from NASA’s Biosentinel program and HFF product development partners, including Triple Ring Technologies. Biosentinel is NASA’s first biological mission to fly in deep space, and students working with YCC01 will have the opportunity to conduct parallel experiments in their schools.
“The YCC01 platform provides a wonderful opportunity for students to conduct in-flight and ground-based experiments similar to those performed in formal NASA science missions. This has implications not only for space exploration, but also for making advance student interest in cellular and molecular biology, the effects of space exploration and radiation exposure on living systems, the development of biological spaceflight systems, genomics, synthetic biology, and biomanufacturing , to name a few.I believe that working alongside NASA and with the mentorship of other scientists and specialists will motivate students to learn and prepare for future careers in these exciting fields enabled by STEM,” said John Hines, founder of HFF. Following this first flight on the ISS, HFF plans to develop further class and laboratory devices. e for STEM students, STEM learning exercises and hands-on project experiences, both virtually and with complementary home and/or school learning kits.
“The SILVA Virtual Academy designed, developed and delivered the YCC01 biomodule in an incredible 120 days! Teams worked remotely, but with tight integration, throughout the global pandemic to accomplish this impressive feat. We launched the YCC01 biomodule in ISS compatibility The NanoRacks on board SpaceX Crew-4 and the systems are now onboard and operational,” commented Greg Kovacs, Chief Medical Officer at Triple Ring Technologies, and Chief Engineer and Head of Electronics for the project.
Joe Heanue, CEO of Triple Ring Technologies, “Triple Ring is proud to support the Hines Family Foundation in pursuing its mission to help underserved and underrepresented students learn and apply technology skills and engineering needed to thrive and thrive in the 21st century STEM enabled workforce.”
HFF plans to launch pilot deployments of STEM student classrooms and NanoLabs biological cell culture labs during World Space Week (October 4-10, 2022) in Atlanta, GA.
Additional information can be found at the following links:
Hines Family Foundation: http://www.hinesfamilyfoundation.org/
International Space Station: https://www.nasa.gov/
NASA BioSentinel: https://www.nasa.gov/centers/ames/engineering/projects/biosentinel.html
Triple Ring Technologies: https://www.tripleringtech.com/
About Triple Ring Technologies: Triple Ring Technologies is a Silicon Valley-based co-development company with offices in Boston, Toronto and Copenhagen. They partner with medical technology, life science, sustainability and environmental clients to create new technologies, launch innovative projects and start new businesses. Their capabilities span early R&D, product development, manufacturing, regulatory approval, market access, strategic investment and incubation. For more information, please visit www.tripleringtech.com.
About the Hines Family Foundation: The Hines Family Foundation for Education, Innovation, and Service (HFF) (www.HinesFamilyFoundation.org) is a private, nonprofit operating foundation based in Atlanta, Georgia, whose mission is to enable students, groups, and communities to become viable contributors and recipients of the 21st century global workforce through STEM4-based learning and innovation. 0. Using technical foundations and experiences derived from NASA space programs, HFF develops and enables academics, teams, learning lessons, training programs, and real-world hands-on project experiences to motivate learning and training to support and encourage student and teacher interest and involvement. A specific goal of HFF is to train students to use and apply the technology and engineering skills and abilities needed to thrive and prosper.
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