Houston location provides access to state-of-the-art equipment and support, and close proximity to world class academic research facilities within local university medical and science centers, as Company continues development of groundbreaking bioprinting technology
CHICAGO – May 29, 2018 – BIOLIFE4D, a biotech pioneer leveraging advances in tissue engineering to 3D print human organs viable for transplant, today announced it is now a resident company at Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS (JLABS @ TMC) at the renowned Texas Medical Center.
Operating in Houston will play a critical role as BIOLIFE4D continues the development of its innovative technology and core mission of being able to 3D bioprint a viable human heart for transplant.
“This is a significant step forward for BIOLIFE4D in our quest to commercialize our 3D bioprinting technology and produce alternative viable treatment options for heart disease, such as patches, valves, and eventually, a human heart for transplant,” said Steven Morris, CEO, BIOLIFE4D. “Combined with our presence in Chicago and the agreements we signed with Northwestern University earlier this year, we have successfully penetrated two of the leading medical hubs in the world, and further positioned ourselves for success.”
Our presence in Houston furthers BIOLIFE4D’s deep relationship with the medical and scientific community within the state of Texas. A significant portion of the Company’s leadership, such as Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jeffrey Morgan and Chief Science Officer Dr. Ravi Birla, have noteworthy connections within the region, including the Texas Medical Center and Texas Heart Institute. Many of the other top heart centers are also located within Houston, including Debakey Heart and Vascular Institute and Texas Children’s Hospital.
“Our presence in Houston will be instrumental to the success of our research operations at BIOLIFE4D” said Birla, Chief Science Officer, BIOLIFE4D. “Furthermore, access to collaboration with innovative biotechnology companies in the Houston area, in the heart of the Texas Medical Center, provides access to thought leaders in the field of heart research, thereby accelerating our research towards bioprinting human hearts.”
JLABS @ TMC is a 34,000-square-foot life science innovation center, located in Houston, Texas. The labs provide a flexible environment for start-up companies pursuing new technologies and research platforms to advance medical care. Through a “no strings attached” model, Johnson & Johnson Innovation (JJI) does not take an equity stake in the companies occupying JLABS and the companies are free to develop products – either on their own, or by initiating a separate external partnership with JJI or any other company.
BIOLIFE4D will be able to collaborate with renowned area medical centers such as MD Anderson, Baylor College of Medicine, Methodist, UTHealth, and Rice University.
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.
BIOLIFE4D is a pioneering biotech company laser focused on leveraging advances in life sciences and tissue engineering to 3D bioprint a viable human heart suitable for transplant – lifesaving technology that gives patients the gift of time. With BIOLIFE4D, a patient-specific, fully functioning heart will be created through 3D bioprinting using the patient’s own cells – eliminating the well-known challenges of organ rejection and long donor waiting lists that plague existing organ transplant methods. Financed through equity crowdfunding, BIOLIFE4D is driving a movement to transform the treatment of heart disease, the leading cause of death among both men and women globally. Learn more and invest at biolife4d.com. Connect with us on social media on Twitter (@BIOLIFE4D), Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.
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