Biofabrication of hard and soft matrix for bone tissue regeneration – Presented by Tobias Zehnder, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

Biofabrication of hard and soft matrix for bone tissue regeneration – Presented by Tobias Zehnder, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Institute of Biomaterials at the 3D Bioprinting Conference which takes place on Jan 31, 2017 at MECC Maastricht in The Netherlands.

The aim of the presented approach was to fabricate biphasic constructs consisting of a combination of a thermoplastic hard polymer and a soft hydrogel matrix with a defined porosity, mechanical stability and encapsulated cells in the hydrogel phase. Thus, combining the benefits of classical fused deposition modelling and hydrogel/cell printing to obtain hybrid constructs for potential use in bone tissue engineering.

About Tobias Zehnder
Tobias Zehnder has graduated in 2013 in Material Science and Engineering at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, where he obtained his M.Sc. Since 2013 he is doing his PhD under the supervision of Prof. Aldo R. Boccaccini. His research is settled in the fabrication and characterization of hydrogel-cell constructs using additive 3D plotting approaches.

About University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Institute of Biomaterials
The research group Bioactive Materials and Tissue Engineering/Biofabrication in the Institute of Biomaterials (Lehrstuhl Biomaterialien) is developing a range of nanostructured biomaterials for medical implants, tissue engineering and drug delivery.