Prof. Jos Malda: “We use 3D printing to create living joint replacements”
Prof. Jos Malda’s research group focuses on biofabrication and biomaterials design, in particular for the regeneration of (osteo)chondral defects. They are developing novel biofabriaction strategies, as well and “bioinks” for 3D printing. These hydrogel-based “inks” are both designed to drive specific differentiation of the embedded and/or endogenous cells, as well as to allow fabrication with high shape fidelity in order to generate constructs that are a blueprint of the real tissue. In addition, the group is adopting bioreactor technology to mature the generated tissue constructs. Finally, approaches towards the translation of the constructs in veterinary (equine) and human clinics are pursued, including its use as an in vitro platform for testing.