Dr. Kirsten Borchers of Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB presents at the 3D Bioprinting Conference: “How biological tissues become printable”.
The future vision of implants comprises the generation of artificial tissue generated from the patient’s own cells. Furthermore, sophisticated complex tissue models will help to perform adequate in vitro testing and avoid animal experiments. In order to develop artificial, biomimetic structures which perform as well as natural ones, we need fabrication processes that do not set any limits to the generation of shapes, and materials that allow for tailoring of their physical, chemical, and biological properties. We develop printable and photo-crosslinkable material systems, based on bio-polymers derived from the native extracellular matrix, e.g. gelatin. Such bioinks can be used for 3D encapsulation of cells and cell printing, thereby constituting biomimetic matrices with adjustable properties for engineering of complex tissue models.
About Kirsten Borchers
University studies in Biology and Physics, originally with the aim to become a teacher (Karlsruhe University, Freie Universität Berlin). Yet, finally interest in scientific research lead me to my PhD studies in the field of biofunctionalization of nanoparticles and printing 3D microarrays thereof (Stuttgart University). Since 2007 I engage in development of new (bio)materials at the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB in Stuttgart. I am head of the team for functional printing.
About Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB
The Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB offers R&D solutions in the fields of medicine, pharmacy, chemistry, the environment and energy. Our competences comprise Interfacial Engineering and Materials Science, Molecular Biotechnology, Physical Process Technology, Environmental Biotechnology and Bioprocess Engineering, as well as Tissue Engineering. We offer solutions from market analysis through research & development till the finished product.
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