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Brinter and LED Tailor implement bioprinter disinfection system

Spectral Blue kills all unwanted forms of viruses and bacteria

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Bioprinting startup Brinter has today announced a partnership with LED Tailor to introduce the new Spectral Blue disinfecting blue light feature embedded in its multi-material 3D bioprinting solution Brinter. The system enables the safe production of e.g. tissue models and drugs, and minimizes the need for separate cleanrooms, making bioprinters more portable and safe.

“The partnership with LED Tailor makes Brinter the first 3D bioprinter in the world using blue light disinfection technology that can be utilized both inside and outside of the device to clean the environment around the bioprinter,” said Tomi Kalpio, CEO at Brinter.

Brinter is a modular bioprinter that is able to print multi-material and highly complex tissue structures in 3D, providing advanced features needed for bioprinting. The device can print both stiff and soft materials, including but not limited to liquids and hydrogels with living cells, bio-paste, metal with a binder material, and thermoplastics while being easy to set up in a lab in minutes.

Blue light is a part of the visible light spectrum, from 400 nm to approximately 500 nm wavelength. Disinfecting blue light as in the Spectral Blue disinfection system, while being completely safe for human beings, kills all forms of bacteria, yeast, and mold. Opposite to UV-light (100–400nm), visible blue light does not deteriorate materials or cause other hazardous effects.

Brinter and LED Tailor implement Spectral Blue disinfection system in 3D bioprinter to kill all unwanted forms of viruses and bacteria

The discovery that all microbes contain blue light-sensitive compounds inside their cells as a part of their natural metabolism has been the key to creating this effective disinfection system.

When these light-sensitive compounds are exposed to specific wavelengths of disinfecting blue light with certain light intensity, a destructive chemical reaction starts. The end products of this reaction are reactive oxygen radicals inside the microbial cell. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are molecules containing a very reactive oxygen component, which has the ability to cause damage to any structure inside the microbial cell and destroy it from the inside.

“Our Spectral Blue photon disinfection innovation is an automatic and sustainable solution to microbe problems. The system enables safe bioprinting, production of food and beverages, restrains epidemics and answers the needs of cleanrooms. Our solutions improve safety and vitality of employees and reduce microbiological and chemical risks in healthcare and industrial sites,” says Harri Rautio, CEO at LED Tailor.

Customers of Brinter include bio and pharmaceutical companies like Nanoform, as well as research organizations like VTT, BEST group at the University of Glasgow, Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, the University of Oulu, University of Turku, Åbo Akademi, Tampere University, and the University of Helsinki.

Brinter is active in over 10 countries, including the USA, Germany, India, and the UK. Last month, the company recently launched its new entry-level model, Brinter Core.

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based 3dpbm. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites 3D Printing Media Network and Replicatore, as well as 3D Printing Business Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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