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Meet PolySciTech at CRS Annual Meeting Seattle July 17-20th, Booth 506

Representatives from PolySciTech division of Akina, Inc. (John Garner and Justin Hadar) ( will be at controlled release society (CRS) meeting in Seattle this year July 17-20th. Drop by our booth #506 for a chat and a free t-shirt (supplies limited). Also check out our scientific posters regarding PLGA analysis techniques (Poster # 239 “Assay of PLGA Properties in Parenteral Depot Formulations”) and three-dimensional cell-growth medium (Poster # 608 “3D CellMakers: Thermogelling Polymers for 3D Cell Culture”). You can learn more about the CRS meeting here

Updated Technical and Safety Information on PolySciTech website

PolySciTech division of Akina, Inc. ( provides a wide array of biodegradable block copolymers and related research products. As we continue to grow, PolySciTech is working towards prioritizing providing helpful product technical data for customers. Outside of typical certificate of analysis data (HNMR, FTIR, GPC) we also have supplemental data for many of our products available on our product information page ( Recently, Akina has procured a state-of-the-art modulated DSC (Q2000 TA instruments). We are updating the available DSC data on our website collected previously with a TA-2010 with modulated DSC data. Additionally, we are in the process of establishing intrinsic viscosity (25C dichloromethane) for our products with a micro-visc meter and this will soon be available on the site. In addition to technical data, the MSDS files available have been updated to the globally harmonized SDS version which is available online for products as well ( As always, links to research papers and published data for our products is available here ( Recently, we broke over 100 published manuscripts listing the use of our products in their research and counting.

New publication using PST hydrogel template and PolySciTech categories listing

PolySciTech Division of Akina, Inc. ( provides a wide array of biodegradable polymer research products. Over the years, our catalog has expanded to include upwards of 500 products. In order to aid in finding the product you are looking for in our catalog we have created a category breakdown of the catalog for quick searching. You can see this one here:

Additionally, a recent research publication utilizes Akina’s hydrogel template technology in order to generate a series of shaped microparticles to determine shape effects on cellular interactions. Read more here: He, Yuanzu, and Kinam Park. “Effects of the Microparticle Shape on Cellular Uptake”. Molecular Pharmaceutics (2016) (

“Abstract: Physical forms of microparticles and nanoparticles, such as the size, charge, and shape, are known to affect endocytosis. Improving the physical designs of the drug carriers can increase the drug uptake efficiency and the subsequent drug efficacy. Simple shapes, such as sphere and cylinder, have been studied for their ability for endocytosis. To have a better understanding of the shape effect on cellular uptake, different particle shapes were prepared, using the keyboard character shapes, and their impacts on cellular uptake were examined. The results showed that shapes with higher aspect ratios and sharper angular features have a higher chance of adhering to the cells and become internalized by the cancer cells. The local interaction between the cell membrane and the part of the microparticle in contact with the cell membrane also plays a crucial role in determining the outcome. Keywords: microparticle shape; size; aspect ratio; endocytosis; cellular uptake”


Akina, Inc. Non-Discrimination Policy

Akina, Inc., including the PolySciTech Division (, are based in West Lafayette, Indiana. Non-discrimination of customers has always been a policy at Akina, Inc. Due to recent legal ambiguity regarding this subject, the Akina Non-Discrimination policy has been formally added to our standard terms and conditions ( This policy is listed as term #18 as follows: “Akina, Inc. provides products and services to customers regardless of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or veteran status.”

Missed this year’s CRS meeting? Get a Free PolySciTech T-Shirt with order

PolySciTech ( provides a wide array of biodegradable polymers and related research products. At this year’s CRS meeting we handed out over 300 T-shirts to scientists and students to show that they live a radical life by working with polymers. Starting today any orders placed with an order total of $1000 or more will receive a free size-large T-shirt. Also keep your eyes open for upcoming prize photo and slogan contests.PolySciTech Shirt giveaway-small