What kind of research and development is the Bio X used for today? What is the coolest thing anyone have printed with it?
There are three major applications for a bioprinter like Bio X. One is to test how medicine candidates react to human tissue. This approach can give valuable data on drug metabolism in for example liver cells or data about how a drug can affect a tissue that is designed to be a disease model. The other is to conduct basic research about cell biology in a 3D environment. Biological processes that could be tested in this setting include for example, vasculogenesis, angiogenesis, neuronal axonal growth and guidance, and also disease related processes like cancer cell migration in a tissue, viral, bacterial or prion propagation etc. The third application is Computer Aided Tissue Engineering (CATE), which attempts to mimick human tissues for reconstructive surgery.