Kirsten Borchers

Senior Scientist at Fraunhofer Gesellschaft

Location:
9 Innovation Way, Newark, Delaware, United States
Company:
Fraunhofer Gesellschaft
HQ Phone:
(302) 369-1708
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Last Updated 11/14/2017

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Novel bio-inks can be used to print various types of tissue | RobAid

Even if the potential for synthetic hydrogels is big, we still need to learn a fair amount about the interactions between the artificial substances and cells or natural tissue", said Kirsten Borchers, professor at Fraunhofer IGB.
This way we can come closer to replicating complex structures and different types of tissue", said Borchers. Only once we are successful in producing tissue that can be nourished through a system of blood vessels can printing larger tissue structures become feasible", said Borchers.

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Fabrication into individualized forms is very much to be desired in medicine, and plenty of 3D data is already available as a result of high-tech imaging methods," said Dr. Kirsten Borchers, Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology (IGB).
IGB developed bioinks for bioprinting, which are produced from gelatine and used to construct chemically crosslinked hydrogels. Gelatine is derived from collagen and closely resembles the natural extracellular matrix. By varying the degree of crosslinking, IGB researchers can produce a matrix of a strength that is compatible with natural tissues such as fat or cartilage. "We modify biomolecules from the extracellular matrix of tissue in a way that enables us to control its gelling behavior, viscosity and crosslinkability, thus rendering it suitable for use in the bioprinting process," explained Dr. Borchers.

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