An off-the-shelf multi-well scaffold-supported platform for tumour organoid-based tissues

Biomaterials. 2022 Dec;291:121883. doi: 10.1016/j.biomaterials.2022.121883. Epub 2022 Oct 27.


Complex 3D bioengineered tumour models provide the opportunity to better capture the heterogeneity of patient tumours. Patient-derived organoids are emerging as a useful tool to study tumour heterogeneity and variation in patient responses. Organoid cultures typically require a 3D microenvironment that can be manufactured easily to facilitate screening. Here we set out to create a high-throughput, "off-the-shelf" platform which permits the generation of organoid-containing engineered microtissues for standard phenotypic bioassays and image-based readings. To achieve this, we developed the Scaffold-supported Platform for Organoid-based Tissues (SPOT) platform. SPOT is a 3D gel-embedded in vitro platform that can be produced in a 96- or 384-well plate format and enables the generation of flat, thin, and dimensionally-defined microgels. SPOT has high potential for adoption due to its reproducible manufacturing methodology, compatibility with existing instrumentation, and reduced within-sample and between-sample variation, which can pose challenges to both data analysis and interpretation. Using SPOT, we generate cultures from patient derived pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma organoids and assess the cellular response to standard-of-care chemotherapeutic compounds, demonstrating our platform's usability for drug screening. We envision 96/384-SPOT will provide a useful tool to assess drug sensitivity of patient-derived organoids and easily integrate into the drug discovery pipeline.

Keywords: 3D in vitro model; Drug response; High-throughput; Pancreatic Cancer; Paper based model; Patient-derived organoids; Tissue Engineering.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Carcinoma, Pancreatic Ductal* / pathology
  • Drug Discovery
  • Drug Evaluation, Preclinical / methods
  • Humans
  • Organoids / pathology
  • Pancreatic Neoplasms* / pathology
  • Tumor Microenvironment