Our Investment in Aspect Biosystems – Pioneering Microfluidic 3D Bioprinting of Human Tissues Raises $20 million Series A for Business Expansion

By Brent MacDonald – Principal @ Rising Tide VC

Aspect Biosystems RX-1 Bioprinter

Aspect Biosystems is a Vancouver-based biotechnology platform company that pioneered a platform using microfluidics and 3D bioprinting to create living, human tissues with control, flexibility, and precision. The Company’s proprietary technology has the potential to shape every aspect of human health by enabling the creation of human tissues for medical research, therapeutic discovery, and regenerative medicine.

Aspect Biosystems is a University of British Columbia spinoff startup founded in 2013. Since then, the company has garnered industry recognition by announcing its ability to use live human cells to create and build living human tissue. View Tamer Mohamed TEDx Talk here.

View Tamer Mohamed (CEO) TEDx Talk here

Aspect Biosystems is partnering with some of the biggest names in industry and is making major breakthroughs in applying its technology to create functional tissues. It has 20+ strategic partners globally, focused on creating high-value solutions. In addition, the Company’s network of academic researchers and industry partners are key to making the Company’s vision a reality.

The Company’s current internal programs are focused on orthopedic and metabolic diseases. On the orthopedic side, Aspect Biosystems is leveraging its knowledge of musculoskeletal biology and biomaterials to create knee meniscal replacements. On the metabolic side, the company is focused on liver tissue and creating a therapeutic tissue for Type 1 Diabetes (T1D). Externally, Aspect Biosystems’ partners around the world are using its 3D bioprinting technology to advance research in the brain, lungs, heart, pancreas, and kidneys, just to name a few.

Why We Are Excited:

By combining microfluidics with 3D printing, Aspect Biosystems is disrupting regenerative medicine. The Company can programmatically process multiple cells and biologically relevant materials in high throughput to rationally design and produce functional tissues. Aspect Biosystems is constantly integrating new microfluidic processing units within their printhead technology and leveraging continuous advancements in the “lab-on-a-chip” space. With their microfluidic 3D bioprinting technology, the company is generating a large amount of data. By using this data and machine learning, Aspect Biosystems is improving the quality and automation of the biomanufacturing process. Ultimately, bioprinting is only as good as the teams understanding of biology – and their understanding of biology is growing wider and deeper. The interdisciplinary team is operating at the cutting edge of science, engineering, medicine, and business with over 30 PhDs and MScs/MDs. Through innovation and talent, Aspect Biosystems is bringing to market revolutionary technologies for strategic applications in the life sciences.

Aspect Biosystems’ most recent Series A $20 million funding round includes Radical Ventures, Pangaea Ventures, Pallasite Ventures, Rhino Ventures and Rising Tide. Aspect Biosystems will use this capital to advance multiple bioprinter therapeutic programs, expand its technology platform capabilities, and grow its world-leading team. Please read the full press release here.

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