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SELECTBIO Conferences The Space Summit Europe 2020


What Can Biofabrication Do For Space and What Can Space Do For Biofabrication?

Lorenzo Moroni, Professor in Biofabrication for Regenerative Medicine, Chair of Complex Tissue Regeneration Department, Maastricht University & MERLN Institute for Technology-Inspired Regenerative Medicine

Bioprinting in space is one of the novel promising and perspective research directions in the rapidly emerging field of biofabrication. There are several advantages of bioprinting in space. First, under the conditions of microgravity (µg), it is possible to bioprint constructs employing more fluidic channels and, thus, more biocompatible bio-inks. Second, µg-conditions enable 3D bioprinting of tissue and organ constructs of more complex geometries with voids, cavities, and tunnels. Third, a novel scaffold-free, label-free, and nozzle-free magnetic levitational bioassembly technology can be implemented under the condition of µg. The ideal space bioprinters must be safe, automated, compact, and user friendly. Thus, there are no doubts that systematical exploration of 3D bioprinting in space will advance biofabrication and bioprinting technology per se. Vice versa 3D bioprinted tissues could be used to study pathophysiological biological phenomena in µg and cosmic radiation that will be useful on Earth to understand ageing conditioning of tissues, and in space for the crew of deep space manned missions. Such novel 3D bioprinting technology can eventually be made accessible on ISS for both academic and industrial vast research user community.

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Add to Calendar ▼2020-09-10 00:00:002020-09-11 00:00:00Europe/LondonThe Space Summit Europe 2020The Space Summit Europe 2020 in Rotterdam, The NetherlandsRotterdam, The