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BIOrigami / バイオリガミ

A collaboration with Matsunaga Lab


BIOrigami is a DIY kit which lets you prototype bio-hybrid products by simply folding bio-sheets and connecting them to electronics. The kit contains 3 bio-sheets: blood vessel cells, neuron cells and muscle cells. By folding and connecting the sheets to the nutrients supplier, the shapes you create generate new types of organs and bio-actuators. These creations can be actuated by connecting the neurons to a micro-controller. BIOrigami can also be used for educational purposes, to teach how compartments of the body such as blood vessels, muscles and neurons interact with each other to work as a unit.


About Matsunaga Lab

In the field of medicine and cell biology, there is an increasing demand for in vitro models that capture the function of living tissues. To capture the in vivo function in engineered tissues, Matsunaga lab strives to create bio-structures that mimic the hierarchical architecture and complexity of living tissues. They do this by controlling the cell microenvironment in a highly controllable, reproducible and scalable manner. By exploiting innovative approaches including microfabrication techniques (MEMS) and material science, Matsunaga lab focuses on developing three-dimensional engineered tissues for regenerative medicine and fundamental cell biology.


医学や細胞生物学では試験管や培養器などの体外環境で生きた組織の働きを捉えることに対する需要が増えています。松永研究室では、細胞、タンパク質、生体高分子などの生体関連要素を、人工的に組み立て・配置することで、生体と同等の様々な機能を有した高次な組織構造を作製する"Bio Architectural Engineering"に関する研究を進めています。周辺科学技術領域における既存技術と、これまでの研究により蓄積された技術をうまく活用することで、再生医療、薬物動態解析など、医療への応用を目的とした生体組織構築システムの開発を実現すること、および細胞間相互作用等の生命現象解明を目標にしています。

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