Founded in 2022 as a spin-off of Ghent University (UGent), Bio Inx holds the key to an indispensable component in a significant biotechnological evolution. The company developed a type of gel that holds the cells together during 3D printing. “Like bricklaying a wall,” says Jasper Van Hoorick. “Our sophisticated bio-inks are the mortar.”
“To enable this printing process, you need living cells, a 3D printer and bio-inks,” Van Hoorick adds. “For each component, there are highly skilled companies in the market.” That’s why focus is key. From its new location at Tech Lane Ghent, one of Flanders’ largest science parks, Bio Inx specifically aims at developing bio-inks.
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In the medical field, 3D printing is the promising new kid on the block, with massive potential as an alternative for lab animals in drug and cosmetics testing. But that is just the beginning. In the future, it may become possible to print an entirely new organ, such as a liver, based on the patient's own cells.
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