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TTP Plc Introduces FormaJet Liquid Handling Platform for High Throughput Digital Bioprinting

publication date: Aug 23, 2017
author/source: TTP LabTech Ltd

Novel droplet dispensing concept will enable high-speed, high-density, many-colour printing in emerging applications including diagnostics, tissue engineering and drug discovery

TTPTTP Plc (TTP), a leading independent technology and product development company, is seeking development and go-to-market partners for FormaJetTM, a novel printhead platform designed for true multi-colour bioprinting.

When commercialised, FormaJetTM will enable digital processing and bioprinting of molecules for deposition and dispensing. The technology can be tailored to suit TTP’s development partners’ specific market needs, with an initial demo configuration allowing easy loading of 96 colours from SBS plates. The platform is capable of addressing a broad range of reagent types from proteins, peptides and DNA, to low viscosity polymers, organic chemicals, volatile solvents and solid-loaded materials.

FormaJetTM has been conceived by a team which combines TTP’s expertise in diagnostics, drug discovery, and droplet-based digital printing. It will use droplet generation and control technology which has been proven in applications ranging from drug delivery to inkjet printing, and features a gentle operation, which removes any risk of thermal shock to the material being processed.

Printheads can be designed to be automation-ready and to work with standard SBS liquid handling workflows. A broad spectrum of applications is possible such diagnostic development and manufacture and 2D, 2.5D and 3D bio printing. It will also bring a unique speed of operation and accuracy to more classical liquid handling areas, such as drug discovery synthesis and screening.

The first variation of TTP’s platform is being designed to work with 96 fluids from a monolithic block approximately 8cm of standard well-plate width. It is designed to provide ultra-low dead volume and true digital dispensing deposition at rates of 3000 drops per nozzle per second.  It is expected to save time and reagent use in both lab and manufacturing environments, in some cases up to 100-fold.

Dr Giles Sanders, Life Science at TTP, explained: “The launch of our FormaJetTM platform is a jump in our bioprinting ambition. We expect it to advance our established technology, that can print a broad spectrum of biomolecule materials, to something that address a clear need for increased speed and density of printing, as well as providing a step change in the number of reagents that can be printed at one time.

Rob Day, Print Technology at TTP, said: “There is a gap in the market for multi-colour bioprinting. FormaJetTM will be the first platform to enable digital non-contact dispensing of many colours in a single small format printhead. We look forward to discussing commercial applications with technology providers in a huge range of applications, from lab research to assay development and manufacture.”

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