Alzheimer's disease.

The Challenge.

Over the past decade, no molecule tested in clinical trials to slow or cure neurodegenerative diseases has been brought to market. Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the most common neurodegenerative disease, leading to decline in memory, cognition, and ultimately all brain functions. Development of new therapies for AD is indeed a real challenge with high failure rates and long development times. Many factors have been contributing to this global failure of clinical trials including poorly understood etiology and physiological differences between species, leading to a lack of translational preclinical models. A growing body of evidence suggests that oligomeric forms of amyloid beta (AβO) and Tau (TauO) play key roles in the physiopathology of AD. These oligomers are the predominant neurotoxic species in brains during the early stages of AD and provide a suitable effective target to treat it. ​

The Solution.

An essential first step towards the development of innovative organs-on-chip (OoC) models of Alzheimer's disease has been taken. The NeuroFluidics Devices are helping to elucidate the underlying mechanisms of the disease and the search for effective new therapies.

DuaLink MEA or DuaLink Shift MEA NeuroFluidics Devices & CNS NeuroFluidics Cultures
Compartmentalized co-culture of hiPSC-derived glutamatergic (channel 1) and GABAergic neurons (channel 3) to create a reference model of the pathology
Addition of ETAP-Lab's oligomeric forms of amyloid beta1-42 (AβO) in channel 3 to create an altered model of the pathology

Using organs-on-chip to model Alzheimer’s Diseases​ with AßO oligomer.

The use case demonstrates (i) a compartmentalized and fluidically isolated co-culture of hiPSCs-derived glutamatergic and GABAergic neurons in DuaLink as a healthy model and (ii) a primary rodent neurons cell culture with the addition of the AβO oligomer of ETAP-Lab as an altered model.

Fully characterization of the neuronal populations, using a wide variety of readouts (immunoassay, immunostaining, and electrophysiological activity)
Characterization of the AβO oligomer by various biophysical methods
Induction of dose-dependent neurotoxicity in vitro

Test your compound on our ready-to-use NeuroFluidics Cultures with reference compound already on the market or having failed in the clinical phase.


Relevant in vitro model of Alzheimer disease-on-chip​

An essential step to elucidate the mechanisms underlying the pathology and screen for effective new therapies.
Relevant & industry-standard models
Standard operating procedure for co-culture of human glutamatergic and GABAergic neurons
Protocol for induction of AβO lesions with rodent cells and hiPSC-derived neurons (in progress)

High-throughput & interoperable solutions

NeoBento™, the standard format for NeuroFluidics Devices chips, available up to 4 QuarterBentos™ (up to 16 chips).
Standard ANSI format (96-well plate)
Pump-free & expensive equipment-free
Standard equipment (liquid handling & imaging) compatibility


This culture enables a complex neuropathological phenomena to be finely reproduced.
New model for preclinical studies
Fully differentiation and maturation of human neurons-on-chip
Control of cell seeding density, homogeneity and media exchange

Readouts compatibility

In-depth reading of the data to better understand the study results and potential implications.
Electrophysiological recording (MEA)
Imaging (Immunofluorescence, Calcium Imaging…) .
Biochimic analysis (ELISA, Lysis cells analysis, Liquid Chromatography…)

Our Offers.

NETRI Services.

Technological Transfert
FTE & Screening Services
Analytical Services

NETRI Products.

NeuroFluidics Devices
NeuroFluidics Cultures
NeuroFluidics Digital
Training & Organs-on-chip Kits


[SfN] Towards new relevant Alzheimer’s disease models for target validation and drug testing
[SfN] High throughput electrophysiological recordings of compartmentalized co-cultures
[2023] Compartimentalized culture of primary or hiPSC-derived neurons using an MEA-capable high-throughput organs-on-chip platform
[2022] Synaptic transmission investigation using asymmetric shape microfluidic device DuaLink Shift
[2022] The DuaLink Chips how to improve reproducibility in compartmentalized co-cultures
[2021] Evaluation of amyloid beta oligomers (AβO) effects on functional network integrity of rodent hippocampal neurons
Rontard J, Maisonneuve BGC, Honegger T. (2023). Expanding human-based predictive models capabilities using organs-on-chip: A standardized framework to transfer and co-culture human iPSCs into microfluidic devices. Arch Pharm Pharma Sci. ; 7: 017-021.​
Maisonneuve, B. G. C., Libralesso, L., Miny, L., Batut, A., Rontard, J., Gleyzes, M., … & Honegger, T. (2022). Deposition chamber technology as building blocks for a standardized brain-on-chip framework. Microsystems & Nanoengineering, 8(1), 86.
Miny, L., Maisonneuve, B. G., Quadrio, I., & Honegger, T. (2022). Modeling neurodegenerative diseases using in vitro compartmentalized microfluidic devices. Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, 10, 919646.
Maisonneuve, B. G. C., Vieira, J., Larramendy, F., & Honegger, T. (2021). Microchannel patterning strategies for in vitro structural connectivity modulation of neural networks. BioRxiv, 2021-03.
DuaLink Protocol
Sensory Neurons Protocol
Fixation & Immunostaining Protocol
NeuroFluidics Cultures Pipeline
DuaLink Shift MEA
hiPSC-derived Glutamatergic Neurons​
Human MoDCs
Live Dead Assays


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