While we might typically think of bioprinting technologies as limited to state-of-the-art research labs and cutting-edge biotech companies, one company is determined to prove that 3D bioprinting can be as accessible as, well, 3D printing. Swedish company CELLINK, a pioneer in bioink materials, has launched CELLINK GO, a new 3D bioprinter and educational platform geared towards high school and university students.
Developed by CELLINK hardware manager Johan Löfgren, product developer Adam Micha and their team, the CELLINK GO platform includes a bioprinter unit, bioinks, kits, educational curriculum and a user-friendly software. Together, these products provide a comprehensive foundation for learning about bioprinting, bioprinting materials and the technology’s applications. In launching CELLINK GO, the Swedish company is hoping to equip high school and university students with the means to become future innovators in the field of science and, specifically, bioprinting.
“We’ve realized that building an industry requires education, passion, and a burning desire for change,” said Erik Gatenholm, CEO of CELLINK. “Throughout our journey we have seen a great unmet need in the field of education and the need for students to learn more through hands-on experience. Our customers have spoken, and we are excited to provide a solution that will make wonders for them. The world of education is changing rapidly, and students are getting hungrier for real, hands-on education as it enhances the entire educational experience.”
In order to make the CELLINK GO platform suitable for young students, Löfgren and Micha made a point to collaborate with a group of students between the ages of 14 and 20 while developing the technology. With input from the students, the CELLINK team was able to ensure that each component of the educational bioprinting kit was both simple and functional enough for classroom use.
The CELLINK GO news comes just a week after CELLINK unveiled its new heart-shaped logo, which is meant to reflect the company’s main values: family, compassion and love. In following this philosophy, CELLINK will also be launching a new anti-bullying campaign alongside its CELLINK GO launch. The campaign, called “Fit for Science,” is being realized in partnership with bullying prevention organizations Be Strong and Speak Up, as well as bioprinting experts Dr. Ali Khademhossein, Dr. Angela Panoskaltsis-Mortari and Dr. George Christ.
The educational bioprinting platform is currently available for order via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and the company promises CELLINK GO is priced affordably.