Materic’s BioPaper™ to help life science researchers improve the development of regenerative medicine therapies, tissue engineering and drug screening capabilities
BioPaper is a nanofiber cell scaffold formed from biologically derived material, gelatin. Manufacturing is done through electrospinning, which allows for control over fiber size, porosity and mechanical properties. It can be used in a wide range of applications including 3D cell culture, tissue engineering, bioprinting and drug screening.
“BioPaper is a great addition to our wide range of nanomaterials,” said Colin Harmer, Business Director at Materic. “It joins our product mix of nanomaterials that includes nanofibers, nanowires, and nanoencapsulants. It also broadens our nanofiber capabilities across markets beyond air and water filtration, gas separation membranes, nonwoven textiles and medical devices.”
The technology was originally developed under electrospinning company, DiPole Materials, prior to being acquired by Materic in 2021. Dipole Materials worked with the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory on a gelatin tissue engineering project that laid the foundation for the development of BioPaper.
The product was further developed in collaboration with Gymama Slaughter, PhD, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at University of Maryland, Baltimore County, with funding received by the Maryland Industrial Partnership (MIPS). A paper testing cell-based assays using BioPaper was published in 2018.
BioPaper is available for purchase in EDC-NHS and Genipin crosslinked gelatin, both with and without a collagen coating. The products can be made in both multi-well plates and larger frame sizes.
Based in Baltimore, MD, Materic custom manufactures advanced materials including nanofiber electrospinning, nanoparticle separation, textile treatments, 3D ceramics, 3D bio printing, and encapsulation. Materic’s facility has over 28,000 square feet of total space to accommodate continued product development and manufacturing. Learn more: www.matericgroup.com
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Early Charm, founded in 2012 in Charm City (Baltimore), converts science into products in the areas of advanced materials, computational sciences, and engineered products. Learn more: www.earlycharm.com