May 22, 2017 | By Tess

Swedish startup CELLINK, known for its low-cost and accessible 3D bioprinting technology, has announced the opening of a new office in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The opening demonstrates CELLINK’s growth and growing relevance within the emerging field of bioprinting.

CELLINK's new Boston office is located in Cambridge, MA

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Founded in 2016 by Erik Gatenholm and Hector Martinez, CELLINK has become a key player in the 3D bioprinting game, developing a range of 3D bioprinters as well as bioprinting materials (aka bioinks). What is perhaps most notable about the young company is that it has placed a particularly strong emphasis on making its technology accessible and affordable.

Gatenholm and Martinez were inspired to start their own bioprinting tech company after seeing how expensive biotech equipment was becoming—we’re talking six-figure price tags for most printers, as followers of bioprinting will know. It was then through a collaboration between Sweden's Chalmers University of Technology, a consulting company, and other industrial partners that CELLINK was officially born.

Since its founding, the company has released a number of innovative bioprinting products, such as a range of materials that includes the universal CELLINK Bioink, CELLINK RDG, CELLINK Bone, CELLINK CollMaGel (a collagen-based material), and others. The company was also responsible for releasing the INKREDIBLE and INKREDIBLE+ bioprinters, and most recently the Bio X 3D printer, which has a retail price of $39,000 USD.

CELLINK's Bio X 3D bioprinter

The company now has its 3D bioprinting technology installed in hundreds of labs and offices across 30 different countries. "It's been insane,” Gatenholm told the Roanoke Times. "We're now starting to see customers publish work with this equipment, and it's amazing. I couldn't imagine a year ago that we'd be there."

For instance, a team of researchers at Chalmers University of Technology and Sahlgrenska Academy in Sweden recently presented an innovative project that was realized with the help of CELLINK’s INKREDIBLE bioprinter. Using the technology, the team was able to induce living human cartilage cells to develop and grow in mice. The work could be significant in the advancement of 3D printed organs.

The company’s success can be understood through the $4 million it has raised through sales and investors, as well as its growing team, which now stands at 23 employees. Currently, CELLINK’s bioprinting equipment is manufactured in Sweden, though production could soon expand into the United States, says Gatenholm.

The most recent news about the young company’s expansion is coming from Cambridge, Massachusetts, where CELLINK has reportedly just opened its Boston office.

"We start simple and increase our knowledge base and jump to the next step," explained Martinez. "I started working with the field in tissue engineering, trying to imitate our body. I see our body as a perfect machine. We just have to hack it.”

 

 

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Gena Jumper wrote at 5/26/2017 4:00:53 PM:

What says bioprinting more that two smug guys in a casual stance. Looks like the World's worst Boyband. Besides I am always suspicious when two guys dress alike.

steve wrote at 5/22/2017 7:22:29 PM:

Looks pretty cool but I wonder how cellink will hold up once the aether 1 bioprinter is launched.



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