Organ as a Service
Whether skin, liver, kidneys or lung models – 3D printed tissue, built from an organic print matrix and human cells, can already be used to replace animal experiments and make drugs safer. Cellbricks and Intuity are jointly developing the “Cellbricks – Organ as a Service” ecosystem. The 3D bioprinter and the software “Bloodline” form the foundation for an intuitive workflow for constructing and additively producing 3D mini-organs.
Organ as a Service impressed the jury of this year’s UX Design Awards as an outstanding example of a successful synergy of new technology and convincing digital software design. This interplay opens up the possibility of a radically new business model in the field of bioprinting. Indeed, Organ as a Service is spearheading a fundamental shift in biotechnology research. Here, a generative system – straightforwardly applicable for external users – is used to produce specific living tissues and unique copies of organs, which can then serve as a substitute for animal experiments in biological and pharmaceutical research. An open approach to high-tech and intuitive software is helping to bring about exponential growth, and bridges the gap between the current state of the art and an ideal technology. A striking reminder of the potential of design as an integral facet of innovation, Organ as a Service is the recipient of this year’s Gold Award.
Digitally constructed and 3D printed tissue structures will fundamentally change laboratory work processes. Biologists and pharmacists are confronted with a new technology with still largely unmapped application opportunities. The bio printer and software ecosystem integrates easy-to-use and intuitive user interfaces that enable professional tissue printing in just a few steps.