The first phase of the inter-university campus, which will be operational in December 2023, will house a bioengineering and bioprinting laboratory. Scientists from the Bashkir State Medical University will work there. The laboratory began work at the university in April of this year. Several projects are being carried out at this stage, particularly creating a bioengineered cornea and selecting cells and gels to create tissue-engineered cartilage.
In the laboratory, biomimetic organs and tissues are created for regenerative purposes. This is bioequivalent, as similar in structure and function as possible to the patient’s tissue or organ, which is planned for restoration or regeneration, as well as for testing potential drugs and studying mechanisms for understanding the pathogenesis of diseases.
According to the press service of the government of the Republic, the laboratory’s work also serves import substitution purposes. This will help make some technologies or medicines less expensive and more accessible to consumers.
“Our university has formed a fairly good basis for developing fundamental science, in our understanding. Our university has created all the conditions for this. Bioprinting is a relatively young developing field that has great prospects in science. We are working to ensure that all our scientific knowledge and achievements are transmitted to the clinic and patients,” said Svetlana Pyatnitskaya, head of the Laboratory of Bioengineering and Bioprinting.
The daily work of the laboratory consists of conducting multi-stage experiments and close interaction with other laboratories of the IQ Park, in particular, with the laboratory of additive technologies to create a 3D model of a biomimetic organ. The laboratory also actively employs graduate students from the Department of Urology, undergraduates, and second and third-year students majoring in Biology.
As Bashinform News Agency reported, a youth business accelerator will open on the inter-university campus in Ufa.
Author: Daria Subbotina