Organ printing: the key to eternal life?
A lecture by Gabor Forgacs PhD
Gabor Forgacs, PhD is a theoretical physicist turned biophysicist turned bioengineer turned innovator and entrepreneur. He is the scientific founder of Organovo, Inc., Modern Meadow, Inc. and Fork & Goode, Inc. and serves as the Chief Scientific Officer of the latter. He was trained as a physicist at the Roland Eötvös University, Budapest, Hungary. He also has a degree in biology.
Dr. Forgacs has a 25+ year academic career that includes affiliations such as the George Vineyard Chair in Biophysics at the University of Missouri-Columbia and the Chanderna-Stirkey Chair in Theoretical Physics at Clarkson University, where he also served as the Executive and Scientific Director of the Shipley Innovation Center.
His research interests and contributions span from topics in theoretical physics to physical mechanisms in early embryonic development. He is the author of over 250 scientific publications and 5 books, in particular the co-author of the celebrated text “Biological Physics of the Developing Embryo” that discusses physical mechanisms that guide embryonic development. He applies these mechanisms to build organ and tissue structures using bioprinting, a technology he pioneered. Such structures are already in use for drug development and disease modeling. The technology has also been adapted to engineer consumer products of animal origin such as leather and meat.
Dr. Forgacs has been recognized by numerous prizes and awards. In particular, he is a member of the National Academy of Innovators and was named as one of the “100 most innovative people in business in 2010” by FastCompany.