3D bioprinting isn’t the only potential way to reduce drug development costs. There is also a competing technology we wrote about before called “organs on a chip” which could completely displace the use of 3D bioprinting for producing tissues. An “organ on a chip” is a clear polymer which contains hollow microfluidic channels lined by living cells.
This device can then recreate the physiological and mechanical functions of a particular organ for a particular animal or human. While Insphero and Emulate are two of the more talked about “organ on a chip” startups, here are 6 more private companies to watch in this space.