Nadine Nottrodt of Fraunhofer Institute presents about ‘ArtiVasc 3D’ at the 3D Bioprinting Conference

Nadine Nottrodt presents: ‘Combined additive manufacturing processes for building up artificial vascularized soft tissue – ArtiVasc 3D’ during the 3D Bioprinting Conference. Nadine is project manager at Fraunhofer Insitute for Laser Technology. 

Within ArtiVasc 3D project the three additive manufacturing technologies inkjet printing, stereolithography and multiphoton polymerization will be combined to build up branched vascular systems. The combination of the different manufacturing processes with newly developed biocompatible polymers allows a precise tailoring of the vessel properties. Those properties like branching angle, stiffness and elasticity will be optimized via modelling and design tools. Afterwards the vessels will be functionalized and seeded with endothelial cells. Embedded in a hydrogel with adipocytes a vascularized fatty tissue will be generated. In the end a three layered artificial vascularized skin, consisting of vascularized fatty tissue, dermis and epidermis will be developed.

FOTO7960bAbout Nadine Nottrodt
Nadine Nottrodt is project manager at Fraunhofer Insitute for Laser Technology in the group of biotechnology and laser therapy. She received her Diploma in Biology from RWTH Aachen. Since 2011 she is scientific coordinator of the European funded project ArtiVasc 3D. Currently she is pursuing her PhD thesis which will be finished in 2014.

About Fraunhofer Institute for laser technology 
With 420 employees and 11,000 m2 of useable space, the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology ILT, founded in 1985, is one of the most important contracting research and development institutes of its sector worldwide. Its experts develop and optimize laser beam sources and laser processes. In close cooperation with its clients, it uses laser technology to solve tasks for production, measurement technology, environment, energy, medical technology and biotechnology, all done in real life situations.

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