Years ago, we used to be annoyed at the abundance of platelets clogging up the cell suspensions in our leukapheresis products. What were we going to do with all those leftover platelets? Instead of washing them out of our suspensions and discarding them, we realized we could put them to better use in research labs around the world.
Platelets: A Precious Resource
In recent years, platelets have been a hot topic among cell biologists because they contain more than 30 growth factors, including transforming growth factor beta (TGFβ), platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF), fibroblast growth factor (FGF), vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), and many others.
Growth factors are usually released during platelet activation, but there are now several products on the market that are extracts of growth factors from platelets used to supplement culture media.
Platelets are a precious resource in healthcare and are essential for patients with low platelet counts, such as those undergoing chemotherapy or experiencing trauma. With a short shelf life of just five days, platelet donations are in high demand for both patient care and research and development.
Sourcing Platelets for Your Research
Platelets have a wide range of applicability in biotech research — from therapeutics designed to promote clotting to those designed to prevent clotting — as scientists strive to better understand the activation and control of platelets.What are #platelets good for? A whole lot. Read more about sourcing platelets for #biotech Click To Tweet