Biofabrication: A Guide to Technology and Terminology

Lorenzo Moroni*, Thomas Boland, Jason A. Burdick, Carmelo De Maria, Brian Derby, Gabor Forgacs, Juergen Groll, Qing Li, Jos Malda, Vladimir A. Mironov, Carlos Mota, Makoto Nakamura, Wenmiao Shu, Shoji Takeuchi, Tim B. F. Woodfield, Tao Xu, James J. Yoo, Giovanni Vozzi

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Abstract

Biofabrication holds the potential to generate constructs that more closely recapitulate the complexity and heterogeneity of tissues and organs than do currently available regenerative medicine therapies. Such constructs can be applied for tissue regeneration or as in vitro 3D models. Biofabrication is maturing and growing, and scientists with different backgrounds are joining this field, underscoring the need for unity regarding the use of terminology. We therefore believe that there is a compelling need to clarify the relationship between the different concepts, technologies, and descriptions of biofabrication that are often used interchangeably or inconsistently in the current literature. Our objective is to provide a guide to the terminology for different technologies in the field which may serve as a reference for the biofabrication community.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)384-402
Number of pages19
JournalTrends in Biotechnology
Volume36
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2018

Keywords

  • TISSUE-ENGINEERING SCAFFOLDS
  • 2-PHOTON POLYMERIZATION TECHNIQUE
  • IN-VITRO
  • MECHANICAL-PROPERTIES
  • FREEFORM FABRICATION
  • CARTILAGE CONSTRUCTS
  • CERAMIC SCAFFOLDS
  • STEM-CELLS
  • PORE-SIZE
  • 3D

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