German Start-Up Makes Human Tissue With 3D Printer

November 2022

It’s an innovation that fires the imagination and could have massive medical potential. Young Berlin company Cellbricks has successfully employed additive manufacturing to create simple, living human tissue.

The printer, named Dagobah after a planet in the “Star Wars” films, uses cells taken from human beings and self-produced “extracellular matrix.” In collaboration with Berlin Institute of Health at the German capital’s Charité Hospital, Cellbricks has already developed a biological dressing for wounds. It recently won the 2022 digital prize “The Spark,” awarded by business newspaper Handelsblatt and consultants McKinsey.

The firm is still a long way for being able to manufacture human organs, but Cellbricks does hope its technology could be used in things like breast implants within the next four years. In any case, its sights are set high.

“After the success of BioNTech, we’re offering a new therapy revolution,” said Cellbricks co-head Alexander Leutner at the award ceremony.

Experts predict global revenues for “bioprinting” could reach five billion dollars annually by 2030. In 2021, the market was USD 1.7 billion.

The management team of Cellbricks © Lisa Kempke