Prellis Biologics raises $1.8M to develop microvasculature 3D printing tech for human organ printing | 9/14/2017 | Staff
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Prellis Biologics, a San Francisco-based human tissue engineering company, says it has invented a new way to create viable human organs using 3D printing. The company has also raised $1.8 million in a seed funding round.

Many companies are experimenting with the possibility of 3D printing human tissue and organs, but Prellis Biologics reckons its own technologies have the edge over others. The reason? They can purportedly 3D print complex microvascular systems, which are needed to supply nutrients and oxygen to cells.

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“Our vision is to create a company that uses technology to print any type of human organ, providing people with a long-lasting solution to a given medical issue,” said Dr. Melanie Matheu, co-founder and chief executive officer of Prellis. “We believe our technology will jumpstart the practical use of lab-printed tissue for life-saving drug development, rapid development of human antibodies, and production of human organs for transplant.”

And it looks like people are starting to buy into Matheu’s vision. Prellis has just received $1.8 million of investment for its 3D printing technologies after True Ventures, a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm specializing in early-stage technology startups, led a seed investment round.

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Other investors included Civilization Ventures and 415 Ventures, along with various angel investors. Prellis had previously received investment from IndieBio, an accelerator for biotech startups run by SOSV, and investment in 10-month-old Prellis now totals $1.92 million.

Prellis is in no doubt that its exploration of microvasculature 3D printing techniques is driving this investment interest. By building scaffolding that includes microvascular structures, Prellis says it can make tissue supplied with oxygen and nutrients and the ability to remove waste. Thicker tissues, the company says, are the building blocks of functional organs.

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And the startup’s new printing tech is, crucially, fast enough to print human organs that will remain viable. With its current prototype,...
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