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Heterospheroid of human pancreatic cells and fibroblasts in fibroblastic matrix
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Hydrogel product

Synthetic hydrogels for cancer research & beyond

Ectica Technologies AG is a Swiss developer and manufacturer of synthetic hydrogel-based tools and technologies for applications in drug discovery and bioresearch. Our patented 3DProSeed® technology combines the biological relevance of 3D cell-based assays in hydrogels with the highest workflow integration potential in drug screening processes. We specialize in the development of in vitro and ex vivo models of the tumor stroma to address advanced questions in cancer research.

We also engage in contract development and production of original equipment manufacturer (OEM) hydrogel solutions for various applications such as coatings and biosensors. Our hydrogel formulations can be customized in terms of chemistry, product format and branding.

Ectica Technologies is a spin-off company of the ETH Zurich and University (Hospital) Zurich.  

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3DProSeed® Hydrogel Plate
The tool you need for 3D cell- based assays

Our 3DProSeed well plate  combines the advantages of hydrogel-based cultures with the

simplicity and workflow integration of standard polystyrene cultureware.


Our plate contains pre-assembled synthetic hydrogels, delivered to you hydrated, ready for cell seeding.


Hydrogel-based cultures have never been so

simple to establish.


3DProSeed StromaLine NEW

Our focus on the tumor-stroma interactions

Our new 3DProSeed ® StromaLine is an attractive collection of pre-developed and well characterized stromal models ideal for tumor-stroma interaction studies.  The ability to build a synthetic model of the stromal microenvironment in a high-content screening-compatible manner enables new discoveries in oncology. Anti-cancer drug screenings can be conducted in the presence of the stromal compartment with minimal adaptation efforts.

Discover our new StromaLine Pancreatic cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAF) and human bone marrow models here.

Human neuronal progenitor cells & astrocytes 

Application Highlight
Human neuronal progenitor cells & astrocytes 

If you are interested to culture and co-culture human astrocytes and human neuronal progenitor cells in fully synthetic three-dimensional hydrogels with an unprecedented simplicity and screening compatibility, please click on this page.

Drug discovery research program

Our Manufacturing Services

Ectica Technologies engages in development and production of OEM hydrogel solutions, which can be customised in terms of hydrogel chemistry, product format, usage and branding. Contact us to discuss your needs.

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Ectica Technologies AG

TIC Building - Floor 1

Raeffelstrasse 24

8045 Zurich, Switzerland

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