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Printing with Biomolecules

Invention Number: 
2015_009
A new method to incorporate biomolecules into printed materials.

This invention is a method of polymerisation which is especially applicable for 2D and 3D printing; as polymerisation is controlled using light, is fast-curing, and is non-toxic.

As the polymerisation can be done in the presence of water, and in particular under physiological conditions, this technique should be able to be used to print polymer structures which have tethered functioning biomolecules, such as enzymes or antibodies.

Key Benefits

  • Visible-light as opposed to UV activated removing the risk of burns
  • Fast-curing polymerisation
  • Non-toxic
  • Printing under physiological conditions for a wide range of polymers
  • Works with a wide range of materials and therefore the polymer can be tuned for target applications

Applications

  • 2D and 3D printing of polymer frameworks, including complex polymer frameworks designed for purpose. For example, into clothing
  • Bioprinting: printing of biomolecules into polymer scaffolds such that the biomolecules retain their functionality

The Opportunity

This technology is available for free as an Easy Access Licence to companies and individuals. UNSW is seeking a commercial partner to licence and/or to work collaboratively with the inventors.