How cultivated cells can help in the treatment of liver diseases

November 2019 Liver tissue

Researcher Meritxell Huch awarded the BINDER Innovation Prize


British researcher Meritxell Huch was awarded the BINDER Innovation Prize during the Fall Conference of the German Society for Cell Biology (DGZ). The jury was highly impressed by her outstanding work in the field of cell research. 

The scientist received the symbolic check for 4,000 euros from BINDER sales representative Achim Schwörer at a ceremony held at the University of Tübingen.


Meritxell Huch began her research work in the field of stem cell research at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. In the course of her studies, she focused on liver progenitor cells. Huch has succeeded in propagating these cells to form a type of liver tissue that might be used for the treatment of liver diseases in the future. These cells could also be used for treating diseases relating to the pancreas.


In 2014, she established her own research laboratory at the University of Cambridge. Since then, Huch has collected and published valuable findings in the field of liver regeneration and diseases. From October 1, she will continue her work at the Max Planck Institute in Dresden.

The BINDER Innovation Prize, which was launched in 1998, is awarded to a young researcher each year
at the DGZ Fall Conference.