Advanced Solutions Life Sciences is a subsidiary of Advanced Solutions, Inc., a technology company that provides integrated software solutions and services to a variety of industries. Advanced Solutions Life Sciences (ASLS) is a leader in tissue fabrication and 3D bioprinting, and, like all bioprinting companies, has the goal of ultimately 3D printing transplantable human organs. The company is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, but recently expanded, opening a new facility in Manchester, New Hampshire.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the new facility, which will serve as a laboratory and biofabrication facility. Employees of ASLS were in attendance, as were several dignitaries, members of the Advanced Regenerative Medical Institute (ARMI), on whose campus the new facility is located, and other community members. The ceremony was led by Dean Kamen, Founder of ARMI.
“Change is hard,” Kamen said. “We need companies that are willing to take a risk and people who are willing to be the example of what it takes to build a new industry. (Advanced Solutions CEO) Michael Golway is the type of guy we need here to lead as an example to the rest of the people to make this a success.”
ASLS is known for its BioBot 3D bioprinter, which is the first polar-coordinated bioprinter. It also manufactures the BioAssemblyBot, a six-axis robotic arm designed for freeform bioprinting and other functions. The company has done a great deal of work with 3D printing blood vessels in particular, and specializes in a microvessel technology in which blood vessels are taken from fat tissue, placed in 3D printed matrices, and allowed to form new vessel networks.
Getting blood vessels to function and create networks on their own is one of the more challenging parts of 3D bioprinting. ASLS’ research is a promising step forward toward the 3D printing of organs.
“This truly remarkable research led by ARMI and its partner, Advanced Solutions Life Sciences, to develop and manufacture human tissue and organs has the potential to help wounded soldiers and could eventually wipe out the list of more than 120,000 Americans on the organ donor waiting list,” said US Senator Jeanne Shaheen.
On the same day of the ribbon-cutting ceremony, a new bill was signed in New Hampshire that grants 10-year tax exemptions for businesses that devote at least 75% of their work to regenerative medicine. The new law also provides student loan forgiveness for those actively employed and engaged in regenerative medicine in New Hampshire for a minimum of five years.
“Advanced Solutions Life Sciences has the potential to encourage scientific discovery, improve public health and the ability to advance health technology in a way that will greatly benefit all of humanity,” agreed US Senator Maggie Hassan, former Governor of New Hampshire.
“This is a special moment,” said Golway before cutting the ribbon. “The talented minds that will grace our Advanced Solutions labs on the ARMI campus will play an important role in contributing to curative organ printing solutions that will forever change the course of human history. We will work hard to earn and become one of Manchester's top corporate citizens.”
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