During the “The Way to the Stars” event held at the Palace of Pioneers in Moscow, Skolkovo based 3D bioprinting startup 3D Bioprinting Solutions (3DBio) presented a prototype for a “space bioprinter” based on magnetic levitation technology, which will enable applications for 3D bioprinting in space.
“Such printers do not exist in the world. It must comply with many characteristics such as compactness, lightweight, ease of use, as well as meet the requirements necessary to ensure the safety of the crew, but most importantly to print organ constructs in microgravity – it needs to be functional. We already have gained extensive experience form creating our own 3D-bioprinter FABION to work on Earth. We are the world’s first company to print the organ construct of the thyroid gland of the mouse. Creating a bioprinter for space-based applications is a more difficult task, but mutual support and cooperation on the part of partners and Roscosmos we will enable us to execute it.” Youssef Khesuani, Managing Partner and cofounder of 3D Bioprinting Solutions.