The venture company, a spin-out of Saga University, has recently raised 1,4 bill. Yen from JST and private investors and plans to start overseas sales of her bio 3D printer shortly. Technology is based on the culture of cellular aggregates (spheroids), with several tens of thousands of cells per spheroid. Then, spheroids are placed in fine needle arrays and allowed to merge with adjacent spheroids to form a connected structure that is firm enough not to require needles. With appropriate alignment of needles to form the needle array, cellular spheroids can be positioned in any desired three-dimensional layout.
Cyfuse press release, March 2, 2015