Headquartered in New York, NY, Vivax Bio is a biotech company focusing on 3D bioprinting and the hardware, materials, technologies, and products related to the industry. Their product pipeline comprises the FABION bioprinter, a new line of bioprinters based on different technologies, including in situ portable bioprinters, and various tissue and organ constructs. Most of Vivax Bio's research and development is based in Moscow, Russia, where their wholly owned subsidiary, 3D Bioprinting Solutions, is located. Vivax Bio’s New York location is mainly focused on sales and marketing.
As of November 2018, the company focused on cultured meat. The company thinks that 3D bioprinting has the potential to reduce the cost of cultured meat. Vivax Bio launched its magnetic bioprinter, OrganAut, on board the ISS, and hope to use this participation in the international space program as a stepping stone towards bringing cultured/printed meat to consumers.
On the ISS Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko used the OrganAut 3D bioprinter to bioprint human cartilage tissue and a rodent thyroid gland while in space. Experiments on the ISS as of 2019 include biofabrication of protein crystals, biofilms and cultured meat constructs. The company plans to implement an in-situ bioprinter that combines a medical robotic arm with classic bioprinting extrusion technologies to allow medical procedures to be performed inside surgery rooms.
3D Bioprinting Solutions has a core purpose of advancing tissue engineering and performs research in 3D printed organ transplants in mice. The FABION 3D bioprinter can be used to print functional mouse thyroid glands without the need for organic or artificial scaffolds for the cells to be placed onto. FABION 2 is a newer printhead that is able to bioprint with single tissue spheroids in complex structures with a range of hydrogels. The FABION 2 became the OrganAut device. The company is developing 3D bioprinted tissues and organoid models out of human cells for drug discovery and disease modeling purposes.
President, Vivax Bio and CEO, 3D Bioprinting Solutions
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- 3D bioprinting
- BioprintingA method for creating replacement skin, bone, muscle and organs.
- 3D Bioprinting Solutions3D Bioprinting Solutions is a Laboratory for Biotechnological Research founded by INVITRO, the largest private medical company in Russia. The laboratory develops and produces bioprinters and materials for 3D bioprinting, and also develops technologies in the field of biofabrication. 3D Bioprinting Solutions Laboratory opened on September 6, 2013.
- Tissue engineeringTissue Engineering is a multidisciplinary scientific field working on the development of lab grown tissues, such as organs, muscle tissues, or specific cell types, by combining expertise from synthetic biology, molecular biology, biology, chemistry, material science, and mathematics.
- 3D cell culture3D cell culture techniques use engineering to provide 3D environments for cells to grow. Cells can be attached to or embedded in scaffolds engineered from biological or synthetic materials or grown in conditions that promote cells to self-organize into 3D structures.