Scientia Associate Professor and ARC Future Fellow Kris Kilian and NHMRC ECR Dr Iman Roohani have developed an exciting new technique

Posted 29 January 2021

The School of Chemistry congratulates Kris and Iman on the development of a new technique called COBICS (ceramic omnidirectional bioprinting in cell suspensions) where bone-like structures can be rapidly fabricated, with hierarchical structure, directly into a bath of hydrogels and living cells. The base technology is a ceramic paste-based material that quickly solidifies in water to a structure that mimics native bone tissue.

This means that surgeons, dentists, scientists, etc. of the future may be able to replace damaged bone with this material. In contrast to previous techniques that either require a piece of the patients own bone, or a lab build analogue fabricated at very high temperatures with toxic chemicals, this new technique allows printing in the presence of biology, so that the material can be deposited directly with a patient’s own cells.

This could radically change clinical practice and ultimately reduce suffering and save lives. 

Please see the UNSW Newsroom item and original journal article for further information.