Local biotech firm develops 3-D bioprinters for researchers
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Jakub Lewicki, a bioengineering intern at BioBots holds a 3-D bioprinted model of a human nose. It was printed with the BioBot 1, the world's first commercially available desktop 3D bioprinter. The sleek, stylish 12-inch cube prints biological tissue with 100-micron resolution — about the thickness of a human hair – and sells for $10,000.
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Bioengineering intern Jakub Lewicki, left, and bioengineer Margaret Prendergast work in the 3-D bioprinting lab at BioBots, located in the Pennovation Center in University City.
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Bioengineering intern Jakub Lewicki inspects cell cultures with a microscope in a lab at the Pennovation Center.
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Cell culture media, used to support in-vitro cell growth, is stored in a refrigerator in the 3-D bioprinting lab.
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A model of a nose is shown on a computer that uses software to control the 3-D bioprinting process in a BioBots lab.
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A 3-D model of a nose is printed with bioink.
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A 3-D bioprinted model of a nose – shown in UV light – was printed using fluorescent hydrogel.