Invetech plans to ship multiple 3D bio-printers to Organovo in 2010 and 2011. Organovo will place the printers globally with researchers in centers for excellence for medical research.
Orgonovo was co-founded by Gabor Forgacs, a professor of biophysics at the University of Missouri, who studied chicken embryo development to determine how cells in the embryo move around to form tissues--for example, a wing--from a small number of cells in the beginning. "That study enabled him to get a good handle on how clumps of cells grow into tissues," Murphy said.
Forgacs' research was funded by a $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation, and the technology is licensed by by Orgonovo from the University of Missouri. The company is angel-funded, and will be seeking venture funding in 2010.