What can biofabrication do for space and what can space do for biofabrication

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  • UM - Maastricht University
  • Space Applications Services
  • 3D Bioprinting Solutions
  • Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg

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Biofabrication in space is one of the novel promising and prospective researchdirections in the rapidly emergingfield of space STEM. There are several advan-tages of biofabrication in space. Under microgravity, it is possible to engineerconstructs using morefluidic channels and thus more biocompatible bioinks.Microgravity enables biofabrication of tissue and organ constructs of more complexgeometries, thus facilitating novel scaffold-, label-, and nozzle-free technologiesbased on multi-levitation principles. However, when exposed to microgravity andcosmic radiation, biofabricated tissues could be used to study pathophysiologicalphenomena that will be useful on Earth and for deep space manned missions.Here, we provide leading concepts about the potential mutual benefits of the appli-cation of biofabrication technologies in space.


Original languageEnglish
Article number2104
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalTrends in Biotechnology
Publication statusPublished - 17 Sep 2021


  • Organoids, Tissue spheroids, Weightlessness/microgravity (μg), Cosmic radiation, Magnetic levitation self-assembly, Microfluidics

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