21 Oct 2008

Female pioneers pave way in biotech research

When you think of a high tech bio research company, Hawaii may not be the first place that comes to mind, but Honolulu is home to one of the most advanced biotech companies in the country. And the scientists who work there are unique in their own right.

Tissue Genesis Incorporated stands at the forefront of advanced biotechnology and research. Its scientists work on tissue engineering and cell therapy.

"Well, we take fat cells and we put them in the TGI 1000 machine," said Elyse Ryan, a scientist at the company. "And from that, through digestion and manipulation, we're able to have these stem cells that can be used to treat patients with diabetes that may lose limbs."

And these stem cells also help patients with heart problems and other health issues. This lab helps patients all over the world.

And here's another unique aspect of Tissue Genesis. Unlike most labs which are male dominated, this place is run by women.

"I'm lucky because I have parents who................

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