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Jellagen and Copner Biotech present new 3D bioprinting system

Jellagen Ltd announced the successful completion of their innovative, collaborative SMART Cymru project, led by Copner Biotech, focused on developing new tissue engineering technologies through creating a prototype bioink using novel jellyfish-derived Collagen Type 0 combined with Copner Biotech’s high precision, bioprinting system.

Bioprinting is a process that aims to build fully functioning tissues and organs using biomimetic (man-made) materials and living cells. Bioprinted materials, therefore, have applications for both research and tissue engineering. Current bioprinting systems on the market are limited, with dated software protocols, often using mammalian sources of biomimetic materials and living cells, which have multiple ethical safety and religious implications. Jellagen’s prototype technology has shown exciting potential to be used as a bio-ink by using their proprietary next-generation biomaterial, Collagen Type 0, a jellyfish-derived source of collagen.

Collagen Type 0 is harvested from Barrel Jellyfish in the Irish Sea, which are becoming vast blooms of marine pests surrounding the coast of the UK, threatening biodiversity. Being at the root of the evolutionary tree, jellyfish-derived Collagen Type 0 is far purer, safer, more efficacious, and versatile than its mammal counterparts. Professor Andrew Mearns Spragg, Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Jellagen comments,

“Although not yet commercially available, SMART Cymru’s funding has enabled a world first partnership in 3D bioprinting with Copner Biotech. We are delighted with the data outputs of this project that has clearly demonstrated the further potential use of our Collagen Type 0 biomaterials for future bio-ink development. We are very excited to see how this technology can be further developed towards medical tissue engineering applications and cell culture research market solutions.”

Throughout the SMART Cymru-funded project, Copner Biotech’s innovative and disruptive bioprinter, the GRAPE-S1, was able to successfully print very fine (<100m in diameter) 3D structures using Jellagen’s novel hydrogel technology as a bio-ink platform. This demonstrates an important and unique feature of the ink, as when combined with the GRAPE-S1 technology this allows for precise 3D architecture to be modelled that could potentially efficiently mimic the micro-environment of a living system. Jellagen’s prototype bio-ink itself boasts additional ranges of characteristics, including the ability to quickly develop strong, long-term scaffolds.

Moreover, the GRAPE-S1’s approach to bioprinting with precise, next-generation software control, has given rise to high consistency printing of complex architectures. This is of particular importance in bioscience research, for the creation of multiple reliable 3D cell culture models.

Jordan Copner, Founder and CEO of Copner Biotech added, “3D bioprinting has huge potential to transform lives through tissue engineering, and through this latest partnership with Jellagen, we are excited to be able to show the potential real-world benefits of this technology.”

Copner Biotech has now secured orders for their bioprinter prototype in the UK via the ‘Early Adopters Program’. This program allows researchers to obtain next-generation bioprinting hardware and software at incredibly competitive prices, in return for direct feedback and optimisation information.

Jellagen is now further developing and refining its bio-ink platform technologies suitable for additional 3D bioprinting applications in medical tissue engineering and research market applications.

For more information about Jellagen, please visit jellagen.co.uk.

Find out more about Copner Biotech at copnerbiotech.com.

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