BASF, Poietis sign agreement 3D bioprinting techology R&D

BASF, Poietis sign agreement for 3D bioprinting techology R&D

11:03 AM, 10th July 2015
BASF, Poietis sign agreement for 3D bioprinting techology R&D
BASF and Poietis, the first company in the world for 3D laser-assisted bioprinting, have signed a research and development agreement on 3D bioprinting technology for advanced skin care applications. This picture shows a laser-assisted bioprinter.

LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY/PESSAC, FRANCE: BASF SE said it has signed an agreement on research and development in cosmetics with Poietis, the first company in the world for 3D laser-assisted bioprinting. Based on the combined expertise of both companies in tissue engineering and bioprinting, the agreement aims to apply the bioprinting technology of Poietis to improve BASF’s skin equivalent model Mimeskin. The terms and conditions of this agreement were not disclosed.

The 3D laser-assisted bioprinting technology, by which organic tissues can be reproduced, allows for a precise positioning of the skin cells in three-dimensional structures. Through this, cells are cultivated within BASF’s skin model Mimeskin, which is the closest equivalent to the original physiological tissue of human skin.

“The partnership also emphasizes bioprinted tissue models as an alternative to animal testing in cosmetics and dermopharmacy,” said Dr Fabien Guillemot, founder and president, Poietis.

Poietis’ bioprinting technology refines BASF’s skin model Mimeskin due to its advanced printing resolution. The laser-assisted bioprinting technology will be used in a first step to allow for automated reproduction of Mimeskin, followed by more advanced models containing additional cell types.

“Compared to other bioprinting methods the laser-assisted technology provides higher resolution when it comes to the patterning of cells. The partnership with Poietis allows BASF to secure its strategic advantage in better understanding the skin mechanisms which support the development and testing of advanced cosmetic bioactives for skin care applications,” said Dr Sebastien Cadau, responsible for tissue engineering development at BASF.

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