Classical drug discovery uses 2D cell culture coupled with animal testing for preclinical studies. Neither 2D cell culture nor animal testing truly recapitulate the in vivo microenvironments of cells in a human body. The paradigm shift is to use 3D cell culture in lab-on-a- chip devices that can faithfully mimic the in vivo conditions. With this modern drug discovery approach, costs can be reduced ten-fold, results can be achieved ten times faster, animal testing can be significantly reduced and personalized medicine can be realized.

 

Yet, current solutions have problems. At INITIO, we develop patented/patent-pending multi-functional lab-on-a-chip products and assays aimed at drug discovery. Thanks to our lab-on-a-chip products with innovative designs, different types of assays can simultaneously be performed using a single lab-on-a-chip product. Our products also deliver unique assays that no other lab-on-a-chip product on the market can.

 

We can help you deliver more drugs to the market, safer, cheaper. Let us save more lives together!

Research Areas

MICROFLUIDICS
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Microfluidics: Manipulation of liquids at the sub-millimetre scale. Small liquid volumes (pL) Precise spatial & temporal control Ability to successfully mimic the physiological context Automation High-throughput analysis Low fabrication costs Portability Safety
IMAGE ANALYSIS SERVICE
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We provide image analysis services for live cell/particle analysis (motility, chemotaxis, wound healing etc.), polarization analysis, as well as standard counting of particles/cells, measuring sizes of particles/cells from phase-contrast, brightfield, DIC, epi- or confocal fluorescence images.
DESIGN OF EXPERIMENTS
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From design of experiments to publication ready figures or successful drugs on the market, we are here to help your research excel!

Our Team

Team member
Aydın Öztunalı
CEO
Work experience of 20 + years in several industries and areas including state institutions.
Expertise: Competition analysis, business development, investment
Previous Affiliations: Mydas Consulting, KFD Investment, Turkish Antitrust Authority, Bank Ekspres
Current Affiliation: INITIO
Aydın Öztunalı
CEO
Work experience of 20 + years in several industries and areas including state institutions.
Expertise: Competition analysis, business development, investment
Previous Affiliations: Mydas Consulting, KFD Investment, Turkish Antitrust Authority, Bank Ekspres
Current Affiliation: INITIO
Aydın Öztunalı
CEO
Work experience of 20 + years in several industries and areas including state institutions.
Expertise: Competition analysis, business development, investment
Previous Affiliations: Mydas Consulting, KFD Investment, Turkish Antitrust Authority, Bank Ekspres
Current Affiliation: INITIO
Team member
Devrim Pesen Okvur
CO-FOUNDER, CSO
International and multidisciplinary research experience of more than 15 years.
Expertise: Fabrication of lab-on-a-chips, cancer cell biology
Previous affiliations: Johns Hopkins University, Karolinska Institute, Royal Institute of Technology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Current affiliation: Izmir Institute of Technology
Devrim Pesen Okvur
CO-FOUNDER, CSO
International and multidisciplinary research experience of more than 15 years.
Expertise: Fabrication of lab-on-a-chips, cancer cell biology
Previous affiliations: Johns Hopkins University, Karolinska Institute, Royal Institute of Technology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Current affiliation: Izmir Institute of Technology
Devrim Pesen Okvur
CO-FOUNDER, CSO
International and multidisciplinary research experience of more than 15 years.
Expertise: Fabrication of lab-on-a-chips, cancer cell biology
Previous affiliations: Johns Hopkins University, Karolinska Institute, Royal Institute of Technology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Current affiliation: Izmir Institute of Technology
Team member
Özden Yalçın Özuysal
Scientific Advisor
International research experience for more than 10 years
Expertise: In vitro and in vivo research on molecular biology of cancer and mammary gland development
Previous Affiliations: Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, University of Lausanne, Bilkent University
Current Affiliation: Izmir Institute of Technology
Özden Yalçın Özuysal
Scientific Advisor
International research experience for more than 10 years
Expertise: In vitro and in vivo research on molecular biology of cancer and mammary gland development
Previous Affiliations: Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, University of Lausanne, Bilkent University
Current Affiliation: Izmir Institute of Technology
Özden Yalçın Özuysal
Scientific Advisor
International research experience for more than 10 years
Expertise: In vitro and in vivo research on molecular biology of cancer and mammary gland development
Previous Affiliations: Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, University of Lausanne, Bilkent University
Current Affiliation: Izmir Institute of Technology
Team member
Sefayi Merve Özdemir
Research Associate
Molecular Biology and Genetics, B.Sc.
Sefayi Merve Özdemir
Research Associate
Molecular Biology and Genetics, B.Sc.
Sefayi Merve Özdemir
Research Associate
Molecular Biology and Genetics, B.Sc.

Alumni

Team member
Nurullah Sati
Team Member, Technical and Design Support
Expertise: Fabrication of lab-on-a-chips, CAD
Current affiliation: Izmir Institute of Technology
Nurullah Sati
Team Member, Technical and Design Support
Expertise: Fabrication of lab-on-a-chips, CAD
Current affiliation: Izmir Institute of Technology
Nurullah Sati
Team Member, Technical and Design Support
Expertise: Fabrication of lab-on-a-chips, CAD
Current affiliation: Izmir Institute of Technology
Team member
Sevgi Önal
CO-FOUNDER, CTO
Expertise: Fabrication of lab-on-a-chips, bioprinting for cancer research
Previous affiliations: University of California Los Angeles, University of Connecticut
Current affiliation: Izmir Institute of Technology
Sevgi Önal
CO-FOUNDER, CTO
Expertise: Fabrication of lab-on-a-chips, bioprinting for cancer research
Previous affiliations: University of California Los Angeles, University of Connecticut
Current affiliation: Izmir Institute of Technology
Sevgi Önal
CO-FOUNDER, CTO
Expertise: Fabrication of lab-on-a-chips, bioprinting for cancer research
Previous affiliations: University of California Los Angeles, University of Connecticut
Current affiliation: Izmir Institute of Technology
Team member
Yeşim Şirin
Sales Support Engineer
Expertise:Fabrication of lab-on-a-chips, Strategic Marketing
Previous affiliations: Balikesir University
Current affiliation: Izmir Institute of Technology
Yeşim Şirin
Sales Support Engineer
Expertise:Fabrication of lab-on-a-chips, Strategic Marketing
Previous affiliations: Balikesir University
Current affiliation: Izmir Institute of Technology
Yeşim Şirin
Sales Support Engineer
Expertise:Fabrication of lab-on-a-chips, Strategic Marketing
Previous affiliations: Balikesir University
Current affiliation: Izmir Institute of Technology
Team member
Begüm Gökçe
Research Associate
Begüm Gökçe
Research Associate
Begüm Gökçe
Research Associate
Team member
Ali Can
Research Associate
Ali Can
Research Associate
Ali Can
Research Associate

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