Bioprinting of Xeno-free Organ Models

Date & time: 2024-04-16 15:00:00


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Prof. Jens Kurreck


Prof. Jens Kurreck

Full Professor for Applied Biochemistry at the Technische Universität Berlin (TUB)

16 April
3 p.m. CEST
9 a.m. EDT

About the webinar

Bioprinting of organ models is widely considered as an alternative method to animal experimentation. However, many of these models (as well as other non-animal methodologies) include components of animal origin. This is not only connected to harm to the animals; it also contradicts the attempts to improve the scientific quality by using human organ models.

In this webinar Prof. Kurreck will share how he leveraged the BIO X bioprinter to develop xeno-free liver model which was used for toxicity studies. The cells were adapted to FBS-free media, no animal material such as porcine trypsin or FBS-containing freezing media was used in the cell culture, and the bioink was free of frequently used animal components such as Matrigel, collagen or gelatin. 

About the speaker

Jens Kurreck is full Professor for Applied Biochemistry at the Technische Universität Berlin (TUB), Germany.

His research focuses on bioprinting, RNA technologies, and virology. In 2013, he was visiting professor at the Dongseo University in Busan, Korea.

Before his current position, he was professor for Nucleic Acids Technologies at the University of Stuttgart. He did his postdoc at the Arizona State University in Tempe, USA.

Kurreck has published more than 120 papers in peer-reviewed journals, holds several patents and edited various books. He received several awards, including the Herbert-Stiller Prize for animal-free research and the Prize for the Development of Alternatives to Animal Experiments of the city of Berlin in 2019 and the prize for excellent teaching of the TU Berlin in 2020.

In 2022, Kurreck was awarded the non-animal method teaching prize by the Berlin animal protection commissioner.

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