BIO INX Crowned as Startup of the Year 2023

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2024 is just beginning and already we cannot wait to see what this year has in store in terms of developments and new products in the additive manufacturing market. Startup in particular are working hard to expand the capabilities of 3D printing to a multitude of sectors and applications, a trend that will undoubtedly continue this year. In that vein, few weeks ago, we presented our twelve candidates for Startup of the Year 2023, all of which impressed us with their approaches and products. Among them were international startups specializing in software, technology and materials, but also startups that stood out with innovative applications, for example in the medical field and in terms of sustainability and the circular economy. Several weeks after asking you to choose your favorite startup, it’s time to announce the big winner. Nearly 900 votes were counted and BIO INX won our competition with 238 votes! Congratulations !

Belgian company BIO INX is dedicated to developing materials for bioprinting, with each printing technology having different ink requirements. Bioinks must be able to be processed in such a way as to reproduce human tissue as closely as possible, all as efficiently as possible. The CEO of the young company, Jasper Van Hoorick, spoke to us last November about the beginnings of the startup, created in 2022, the involvement of academic research in its work, international partnerships and the challenges of biomanufacturing.

Although 3D printing of organs, muscles and tissues is progressing and definitely constitutes one of the main goals of modern medicine, the road ahead is strewn with pitfalls in particular because of regulations that are still obscure. Despite everything, BIO INX is optimistic about the future of 3D printed organ manufacturing. Market analyzes also confirm this trend. Markets and Markets estimates that the 3D bioprinting market will reach $3.3 billion by 2027 and that revolutionary developments can be expected between now and then. BIO INX in any case wants to actively contribute to these developments through its work and its approaches have convinced not only 3Dnatives, but also our many readers around the world. Congratulations again! We will be sure to keep an eye out for any future developments.

Our thanks and congratulations also go to all the other startups that made it into our challenge. Notably, we would like to point to the runner-ups, French Poolp which held 164 votes and Italian ONEBra with 121. Forward-looking ideas and energetic companies are a driving force in the market and all contribute in their own way to the further development of additive manufacturing in the various sectors. We are looking forward to many new discoveries in the AM industry this year and are already excited to see the most innovative startups in 2024.

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