We are very pleased to inform that the article from QUT team based at the ARC ITTC in Additive Biomanufacturing entitled “Biofabricated soft network composites for cartilage tissue engineering” published in Biofabrication last year has been selected to be part of the journal’s Highlights 2017 collection.

This selection of articles includes some of the best and most influential research published in the journal representing cutting edge topics in Biofabrication related research. The article, and all those listed, also received the highest praise from the international referees of the journal and a high number of downloads during 2017.

In this work, inspired by the soft materials of nature, ARC team developed soft network composites (SNCs) consisting of micron-sized 3D printed fibres and soft hydrogels resembling those of their counterparts. By finely tuning the structural and physicochemical properties of these composite, researchers managed to closely capture the key biomechanical features of articular cartilage, a soft tissue functioning under mechanically demanding conditions. Importantly, these SNCs exhibited enhanced biological performance, as depicted by high chondrocyte viability and differentiation under physiologically relevant loading making them suitable biomaterials for cartilage tissue engineering applications.

The article is free to read. Please visit http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1758-5090/aa6b15/meta

or https://doi.org/10.1088/1758-5090/aa6b15 for further details.

Biofabricated soft network composites for cartilage tissue engineering