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Russian scientists to bioprint complex tissue on on ISS in September

The Organ-Aut bioprinter is ready for the next level of complexity

Russian scientists, together with their colleagues from Israel and the United States, plan to send muscular tissue biomaterials to the International Space Station (ISS) in September for a bioprinting experiment. They will be using 3D Bio’s Organ-Aut bioprinter which was sent up to the ISS late last year.

“In September, we will send muscular tissue cells [to the ISS]. We engage in this project jointly with two labs from US and one from Israel. The Israeli colleagues will share their cattle biomaterials with us. Our US colleagues will provide us with fish biomaterials, extracted from several types of fish,” said Yusef Khesuani, a managing partner at the 3D Bioprinting Solutions biotechnology lab.

first bioprinted organ space - Organ-Aut
(Photo: 3D Bioprinting Solutions)

Among other scheduled experiments is the printing of bone tissue, due in August. After the planned upgrade of the Organ-Aut bioprinter, scheduled for 2020, the scientists plan to print “tubular structures – renal duct, urethra, blood vessels,” Khesuani said.

The Organ-Aut bioprinter, developed to carry out the world’s first experiment for printing living tissues, was delivered to the space station on December 3, 2018, aboard the manned Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft. The magnetic 3D-bioprinter has been devised to grow living tissues and eventually organs and it can also be used to study the influence of outer space conditions on living organisms during lengthy flights.

The experiment has been devised by 3D Bioprinting Solutions, a biotechnical research laboratory, which is a Russian start-up and a subsidiary of the Invitro medical company.

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as both a technology journalist and communications consultant. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he received his undergraduate degree. Specializing in covering the AM industry, he founded London-based 3D Printing Business Media Ltd. (now 3dpbm) which operates in marketing, editorial and market analysys&consultancy services for the additive manufacturing industry. 3dpbm publishes 3D Printing Business Directory, the largest global directory of companies related to 3DP, as well as several editorial websites, including 3D Printing Media Network and Replicatore. Since 2016 he is also a Senior Analyst for leading US-based firm SmarTech Analysis focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets.

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