URSC. Cooperation agreement with 3d bioprinting solutions the development of a bioprinter for space applications
URSC (United Rocket and Space Coproration)
URSC (Unified Rocket and Space Corporation, a member of ROSCOSMOS State Corporation) has entered into a cooperation agreement with 3D Bioprinting Solutions, a resident company of Skolkovo Center of Innovations, aiming to create a unique bioprinter capable of magnetic biofabrication of tissue and organ constructs in zero-gravity at the International Space Station (ISS).
It was signed by the URSC General Director Yuri VLASOV and Mikhail BAKANOV, General Director of 3D Bioprinting Solutions. Research will be supervised by Professor Vladimir MIRONOV, PhD, Chief Scientific Officer of 3D Bioprinting Solutions.
The creation of a magnetic bioprinter will allow printing tissues and organ constructs in outer space, which will be supersensitive to space radiation - sentinel organs (for example thyroid gland) for biomonitoring of negative effects of space radiation during long-term exposure and developing relevant preventive measures.
In the long run the technology of magnetic 3D bioprinting can be used for healing of damaged tissues and organs of astronauts during long space flights. On Earth it could be used for faster bioprinting of human tissue and organs.
The bioprinter is scheduled to be ready for transportation to the ISS by 2018. All preparatory work and experiments will be performed in close cooperation with Rocket and Space Corporation Energia and Institute of Biomedical Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Yuri VLASOV, URSC General Director: “The creation of a portable bioprinter for study of the effects of cosmic rays on human organs and tissues, in the long run creating a possibility of printing organs during manned flights in outer space, bringing us one step closer to the era of human mastery over distant planets.”
Yusef D. KHESUANI, managing partner of 3D Bioprinting Solutions: “Bioprinting in zero-gravity at ISS opens up unique possibilities and will allow using a fundamentally new approach to tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.”
URSC (Unified Rocket and Space Corporation) is an open joint-stock company registered in March 2014with 100% of its shares owned by the state.The Unified Rocket and Space Corporation comprises a number of companies owned by the Russian Federation, including 10 integrated structures consisting of 48 companiesand 14 independent rocket and space industry entities including 8 joint-stock companies and 6 federal state unitary enterprises to be turned into open joint-stock companies.The formation of the Corporation is aimed at reforming the Russian rocket and space industry, itstechnologies and methods of product manufacturing. The priorities of the Corporation are development, manufacturing, testing, shipment, modernization and sale of rocket and spacehardware.
Laboratory “3D Bioprinting Solutions”:
Headquartered in Moscow, Russia, 3D Bioprinting Solutions is a biotech R&D company focusing on 3D bioprinting technology and working on the whole range of the hardware, materials, technologies, and products constituting this nascent industry. 3D Bioprinting Solutions was established in 2013 and since then has built a wide net of partners all over the world.