www.golsonlabs.com | katie_3d_bio
What do you do?
Bioprinting research and applications development!
What do you see as the biggest opportunity in your industry?
Bio-inks are becoming a really hot topic. Polymers, fibers, particles, hydrogels, drug compounds, growth factors, natural extracellular matrix components– all of these (and more!) are being studied to determine bio-inks that will give good scaffolding integrity. Areas of current investigation are in drug delivery applications, therapeutics, antibacterial benefits, vascularizing tumors for research, magnetic properties, imaging properties, just to name a few. it’s a very exciting time to be in this field!
What impact will changes in your industry have on consumers? the world?
We are changing the way tissue is restored following injury and disease. This has HUGE implications– the most widely discussed and rarely understood application would be organ replacement. With an organ replacement list that far exceeds donors, this is definitely a huge unmet medical need. While we are a long, long way from building entire organs of any degree of complexity, the immediate applications are in drug discovery, testing, and delivery tools and in therapeutics using tissue constructs– not entire organs (yet). Frankenstein will have to wait!
What is your biggest goal right now?
Developing bio-inks that are novel and groundbreaking. I’m working on a few projects that could improve the way we treat patients with injuries and disease.
What kind of support or types of people do you need to accelerate your success?
I’m looking for people with entrepreneurial mindsets that might want to partner, fund, offer advice, or have technologies to help us in our bioprinting research. I’ll talk to anyone, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch!
What makes you or your work different from everybody else?
I’m working to pioneer 3D printed nanofibers for use in biomedical applications. We’ve proven it can be done, as the first group in the world to do so, and now we are characterizing this and getting data on uses in potential cell therapies and other applications.
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