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Strategic Innovation: The Definitive Guide to Outlier Strategies by Michael Gibbert, Liisa VÄlikangas

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20. Organovo: Leaving 3D Bioprints for Others to Follow

It all began in 2003, when Dr. Thomas Boland patented ink-jet printing of viable cells at Clemson University. Drawing inspiration from this, Prof. Gabor Forgacs and his multi-institution team began work on organ (bio) printing technology at the University of Missouri the very next year. The subsequent year, the founders of Organovo had discussions regarding the formation of a bioprinting company around the Forgacs organ printing technology. Through bioprinting, printing equipments could be devised to deposit biological material and create tissues that mirror key traits of the native tissues. With this vision in mind, Organovo, Inc. was formally incorporated in Delaware, in 2007.

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