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Tissue engineering: how to grow a bypass

Interview with Prof. Cornelia Blume, Institute of Technical Chemistry, Leibniz University of Hanover

04/23/2018

Image: Smiling woman with blond hair in a blue blazer - Prof. Cornelia Blume; Copyright: Leibniz University of Hanover

Prof. Cornelia Blume

Image: Several devices on a laboratory bench that are connected to each other; Copyright: Leibniz University of Hanover/Institute of Technical Chemistry

Left: continuous pump for external circulation. Center: the bioreactor with the ultrasound transducer on top. Next to it: the voice coil actuator with cooling. Right: continuous pump for internal circulation. In front: control board for receiving pressure signals and regulating the voice coil.

Image: Two hands are holding a tubular frame that is carrying a glistening wet, white tube; Copyright: Leibniz University of Hanover/Institute of Technical Chemistry

Prof. Blume and her team have already developed a polymer scaffold for vascular grafts. They have also identified types of stem cells for tissue cultivation. They utilize a decellularized horse's artery (image above) to verify the function of the bioreactor and the printing process.

Image: Man with glasses and beard - Timo Roth; Copyright: B. Frommann