"Cells are highly sensitive" – material development for bioprinting

"Cells are highly sensitive" – material development for bioprinting

Interview with Dr. Achim Weber, Functional Surfaces and Materials, Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB


Image: Dr. Achim Weber; Copyright: Fraunhofer IGB

Dr. Achim Weber

Image: Laboratory technician holding up syringe with bio ink; Copyright: Fraunhofer IGB

Printing with cells presents many challenges. Materials are therefore needed to protect them during the printing process.

Image: three vials, one with hydrogels, one with bio ink and one with unmodified gelatine; Copyright: Fraunhofer IGB
image: Hollow cylinder from above, into which bio ink is filled with a syringe; Copyright: Fraunhofer IGB

At Fraunhofer IGB, research is being conducted on bio inks. Gelatine is a particularly promising addition material for printing cells.

Image: Elena Blume; Copyright: beta-web/Schmitz

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