Less than six months ago we announced our residency at the Johnson & Johnson Innovation JLABS at the renowned Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas. Since that time, through the access of state-of-the-art equipment and support, we have been able to accelerate our scientific roadmap, successfully 3D bioprinting a human cardiac patch significantly ahead of schedule.
Following that success, we’re proud to announce today that we have more than doubled our laboratory space at JLABS, furthering our commitment to the Houston area and to the rapid development of our 3D bioprinting technology.
“We are excited to announce our expansion within the JLABS facility, which was needed to satisfy our incredible growth and the expansion of our lab activities,” said Steven Morris, CEO, BIOLIFE4D. “Houston is historically known for innovation within the field of cardiology. The relationships we have formed here, as well as the industry-leading technologies we have access to, have enabled us to push our research forward at a tremendous rate. This is another significant step for BIOLIFE4D and our commitment to the incredible technology to 3D bioprint human hearts viable for transplant.”
The added square footage will allow us to house additional equipment, as well as provide adequate working space for the new lab technicians we are hiring to support Chief Science Officer Dr. Ravi Birla. The lab expansion and new employees will be instrumental as we work to reach our next scientific milestone – 3D bioprinting a mini-heart.
“We have already achieved several internal milestones that we are very proud of, but our work has really just begun. We have made significant progress already and now we must push forward toward our ultimate goal of 3D bioprinting human hearts,” said Birla. “We believe we’re very close to another incredible achievement, and we’re excited to be able to be able to accelerate our work here in Houston.”
To see how BIOLIFE4D’s process starts with a patient’s own cells and ends with a functional human heart ready for transplant, please watch this video.