ROCK HILL, S.C. and LEUVEN, Belgium, Oct. 23, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, 3D Systems (NYSE: DDD) and Antleron are announcing a collaboration, intended to play a pivotal role in advancing and accelerating breakthroughs in the biomedical industry. Bringing together two industry pioneers – 3D Systems for 3D printing technologies and healthcare expertise, and Antleron for leadership and innovation in the development of regenerative products and personalized patient care - the companies will collaborate to support Antleron's development of bioprinting solutions utilizing 3D Systems' printing technologies.
Antleron has created an R&D facility at their headquarters in Leuven, Belgium - a location known as an incubator for medical and life science innovation, including regenerative medicine, to support and validate customer projects in the field of 3D bioprinting. Antleron's 'living therapy factory' merges cells, biomaterials, biologics, bioreactors and 3D Systems printers to accelerate the engineering of living therapies. Using quality-by-design and artificial intelligence the Antleron multidisciplinary specialists translate these core technologies into pioneering workflows that turn cells into therapies.
The 3D Systems/Antleron relationship addresses solutions for medical device and advanced therapy medicinal product (ATMP) applications, incorporating a variety of innovative technologies that are of benefit to biomedical manufacturing process, beginning with 3D Systems' ProJet® MJP 2500 and Figure 4® 3D printers and existing portfolio of 21 biocompatible, USP Class VI materials; 3D Sprint® and 3DXpert® software, and post-processing equipment and processes. The goal is to establish a flexible, scalable Digital Factory approach, built on modular, closed parametric processes which include digital monitoring and quality control for risk mitigation. An example is to advance the way cells and tissues are grown to enable the transition from a static 2D to bioreactor-based 3D cell culture. This can lead to new ways to manufacture functionalized medical implants, vaccines, cell therapies, and living tissues.
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According to Antleron CEO, Jan Schrooten, "The vision of Antleron is to sustainably bring living therapies into the clinic. 3D printing is key to this endeavor, and we are eager to collaborate with 3D Systems and its experts. I look forward to the pioneering solutions we'll be able to achieve to elevate the efficacy of bioprinting and extend its biomedical application reach."