4D Bio3 is a five-year program funded by the Defense Health Program, with the purpose of promoting the development and application of advanced bioprinting, biofabrication, and biomanufacturing technologies for research pursuant to Department of Defense (DoD) priorities and ultimately for translation to clinical medical defense care and training solutions. The program is based at the Uniformed Services University (USU) on America’s Medical Campus in Bethesda, Maryland and represents a collaboration between USU, Geneva, the Naval Research Laboratory, and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
4D Bio³ includes a 4,000 ft² multi-tool facility and supports a broad array of research and education applications. This facility includes a biofabrication suite, tissue culture room, bioreactor and sensor facility, and medical/surgical simulation room. The capabilities present allow for military medical applications and translations to the fields of precision medicine, biomarker discovery, drug and vaccine development, medical technology validation, bio-sensors, environmental and occupational health, and regenerative medicine.
4D Bio3 seeks like-minded research collaborators within DoD, and with other federal, industry, and academic institutions.
The mission of 4D Bio3 is to develop and deliver biofabrication technologies and novel solutions for advancement of military medicine, biomedical education, and multicollaboration within the DoD, and other federal agencies, academia, and industry.
- Develop and benchmark biofabrication technologies and protocols.
- Provide intramural expertise in biological printing, fabrication research, and product development.
- Engage and foster research collaboration with other DoD, federal and/or non-federal scientists to facilitate advancement of biofabrication technologies for military medicine.
- Develop the next generation of DoD expertise in biofabrication by providing educational opportunities.
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