Steakholder Foods "revolutionises" 3D bioprinting with patent for advanced print heads
Steakholder Foods has announced the allowance of a new patent for advanced print heads for 3D bioprinting.
The company says that the cutting-edge technology represents a “significant step forward in the fabrication of edible biostructures”.
Bioprinting is a process for creating intricate biological structures including edible biostructures that replicate the properties and functionalities of native tissues.
Steakholder Foods – which uses 3D bioprinting to print cultivated fish fillets and steaks – says it recognises the immense potential of bioprinting and has been dedicated to pushing the boundaries of this technology.
Traditionally, bioprinting technology has faced challenges in achieving specificity at scale and efficiency when working with hydrogels containing biological materials. Steakholder Foods’ print heads, developed with “meticulous attention to detail,” are said to overcome these obstacles, providing a dedicated solution for 3D bioprinting.
With the print heads, Steakholder Foods aims to enhance the fabrication of edible biostructures using the company’s drop-on-demand technology within bioprinting systems. This approach allows for the deposition of patterns of cells with “exceptional” precision.
Dan Kozlovski, CTO of Steakholder Foods, said: “Steakholder Foods’ dedication to precision and innovation extends beyond print heads. The company’s continuous research and development efforts, along with its expertise in 3D bio-printing technology, are enabling us to focus on the creation of end products that faithfully mimic the taste, texture and appearance of traditional meat and seafood.”
He continued: “Through these advancements, we expect Steakholder Foods to be well-positioned to serve as a backbone supplier to B2B meat and seafood manufacturers and cultivated meat producers, driving the production of products that meet consumer expectations”.