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Cellink growing organs in the heart of Blacksburg

A lab inside the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center turned green under the lights of one of Cellink’s 3-D printers on a recent afternoon, a signal that the company’s latest nose was ready to show off.

The three-year-old company, founded by a Virginia Tech alum with a headquarters in Sweden and an office in Blacksburg, has come a long way and is growing quickly as it stands on the cusp of a new industry for printing living tissues.

Cellink employed 33 people in 2017, 83 by the end of 2018 and more than 100 today. According to publicly reported financial records, revenue last quarter approached $3 million, up from $1.3 million the year prior.

In Blacksburg, the team has grown from one person to 10.

The company now has a full line of printers with varying degrees of resolution, depending on the precision required for each application.

The company’s machines are in labs at almost every Ivy League university.

And scientists at Tufts University and the University of Pavia are using the printers to mimic human bone marrow.

At Newcastle University in England, they’re printing corneas.

To figure out more about what this amazing company is doing, and how they are impacting the world check out the article below.