The BioFabUSA Spring 2018 Project Calls: An Invitation to Submit

ARMI's mission is to make practical the large-scale manufacturing of engineered tissues and tissue-related technologies, to benefit existing industries and grow new ones.  In help to achieve this mission, one of the BioFabUSA program's manufacturing goals is to make practical end-to-end automated biofabrication lines. These lines would ideally incorporate process analytical technologies ("PATs") to aid in the design, analysis and control of biomanufacturing processes through measurement of parameters that are essential to tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. ARMI | BioFabUSA envisions a single manufacturing line that includes the use of multiple bioreactors that can be used for any tissue and include basic non-invasive sensors for real-time monitoring of samples. It is with the goal of a system like this in mind that the Spring 2018 Technical Project Call and TissueFoundry Technology Call are based.

Spring 2018 Technical Project Call

The first of two focus areas of the Spring 2018 Technical Project Call is centered around measurement technologies, which will allow for the development on non-invasive measurement technologies that enable real time monitoring and analysis of growing cells and tissues. The second of the two focus areas for the Spring 2018 Technical Project Call is targeted around data capture, storage and management. Successful design and implementation of modular and scalable manufacturing processes will require the capture, storage, management and integration of large volumes of data from diverse sources (multi-omics). 

Spring 2018 TissueFoundry Technology Call

In conjunction with the newly developed technologies regarding measurement as well as data capture, storage and management, a separate Tissue Foundry Technology Call will also be taking place. The long-term goal of this project is to build a modular, flexible, GMP-compliant, closed and fully automated manufacturing line for engineered tissues. The prototype line will be built in the short-term and serve to highlight capability gaps to refine BioFabUSA’s focus areas as well as future technology project calls. Please note that there is no Intent to Submit for this project, and full Project Proposals will be due on July 30, 2018. 

Spring 2018 Education and Workforce Development Project Call

This project call is intended to advance ARMI | BioFabUSA's mission by ensuring the existence of a skilled workforce for the industry. Funded projects will demonstrate a plan for impacting and building awareness, interest, enthusiasm and action in the area of biofabrication with a priority on K-12 levels of education, as well as have the potential to be scaled-up and carried out at a national level. Industry-lead and academic-lead projects with industry input into the project will be viewed favorably. 

Upcoming Submission Deadlines

Spring 2108 Technical Project Call

Intent to Submit Deadline: July 18, 2018

TissueFoundry Technical Project Call

Full Proposal Deadline: July 30, 2018

Spring 2018 Education and Workforce Development Project Call

Intent to Submit Deadline: July 13, 2018