Establishing Bio-Ink Design Parameters for Extrusion-Based-Bio-Printing Processes

KEENE, NH – Keene State College has been awarded a NH BioMade Pilot Seed Fund for a research project entitled “Establishing Bio-Ink Design Parameters for Extrusion-Based-Bio-Printing Processes.” This work will advance the development of materials that are compatible with the human body to support tissue regrowth in large scale.

Bio-printing is an emerging technology using a computer-controlled layer-by-layer deposition of biomaterials along with high precision positioning of cells to reproduce a 3D functional living tissue. The bio-printing process can manufacture highly intricate and porous 3D constructs that serve as a temporary structural support (known as a scaffold) for growing the isolated cells, providing nutrients to new tissues, facilitating the healing process, restoring the tissue function, and minimizing the wound scar.

Led by Md. Ahasan Habib, assistant professor of Sustainable Product Design and Architecture, this project aims to design a framework for bio-ink assessment which will be beneficial in determining optimal fabrication processes for 3D printing of scaffolds. Successful implementation of this research is intended to establish a platform for the development of the bio-fabrication technique of clinically relevant human organs based on a patient’s own cell type.

The New Hampshire Center for Multiscale Modeling and Manufacturing of Biomaterials (NH BioMade) advances the design and manufacture of biomaterials. The NH BioMade Research Seed Funding Opportunity provides support for faculty and post-doctoral associates at New Hampshire universities and colleges to pursue research questions related to the NH BioMade focus areas. Led by the University of New Hampshire, NH BioMade is supported by a National Science Foundation EPSCoR award (#1757371).