Skin from the factory

Automated Tissue Engineering on Demand

Today´s rising demand for more reliable, effective, humane and affordable alternatives to animal testing has lead to a growing market for in vitro test systems. These test systems employ human tissue equivalents for testing the safety of new substances or products which are supposed to be applied to the human body. However, the state-of-the-art processes for producing these so called tissue models are still very expensive, difficult and time-consuming, due to the complex and personnel-intensive manual manufacturing protocol.

For the purpose of a more cost-effective and quicker production of high-quality human tissue models, we from Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft are the first institution worldwide having realized the automation of this production process.

With a dedicated team of cell biology and engineering professionals, we have entirely reengineered the manual manufacturing protocol into an automatable and industrially feasible manufacturing process. Commercialization of the human tissue models resulting from this innovative production process is planned in 2013.

Want to learn more? Let’s take a closer look at how we put the Tissue Factory into action!